Haute Event: Kim Kardashian Rings in the New Year at Tao

Kim Kardashian rings in the new year at Tao.

The celebration at Tao at the Venetian heralded the arrival of 2012 in Las Vegas with Kim Kardashian hosting the festivities.

“It’s a tradition to ring in the New Year here at Tao!” said Kim Kardashian, ready to celebrate the arrival of 2012 at her favorite nightclub.

Fans flocked to the red carpet where Kardashian showed off pin straight hair and new bangs to go with her white Gucci long-sleeve mini dress, Loren jewels and Christian Louboutin heels. She brought along her mother Kris Jenner, who donned Dolce & Gabbana with a bow tie and a Judith Leiber penguin clutch. Also joining the group was her “Dancing with the Stars” partner Mark Ballas, Carla DiBello and other close friends.

Kardashian made sure to greet the crowd, posed for photos and wished them a Happy New Year just before heading to dinner in the private dining room at Tao, where she toasted her friends with a Midori cocktail.

After dinner the group made their way to the nightclub as Kardashian danced and sang along to a Britney Spears song and then her mom had DJ Ross One surprise the New Year’s host with Kim’s song “Jam.”

As midnight drew closer Kardashian took to the stage overlooking the entire club. She told the crowd, “I am so excited and can’t wait for 2012 to come. Countdown with me!”

As they welcomed 2012 Kris Jenner and Mark Ballas stole the show with their dance moves as Mark dipped Kris and spun her around. He followed that up with a hip hop lesson that thrilled Kim as she watched.

“I am ready to move forward and not look back. I learned a lot of about myself this past year and at the end of the day you always have to trust your gut,” Kim said about this past year. “You’ve got to believe in love. I still do.”

Singer Natasha Bedingfield also rang in 2012 at Tao.

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