Global Gossip: 05.10.09 Part 1

BATD ON Oct 05, 2009 AT 11:08 am

Cheryl Cole at Simon Cowell's Birthday Bash

Cheryl Cole at Simon Cowell's Birthday Bash

Simon Cowell certainly doesn’t do things by halves, the music mogul spent a lavish £1 million on celebrating his 50th birthday. The guest list also included a string of celebrity pals that included Kate Moss, Cheryl Cole, Amanda Holden, Leona Lewis, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, David Hasselhoff and hundreds of others.
Festivities kicked off at 8pm, guests were driven to  Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire by limousine. When they arrived at the party, they were greeted with a 60ft image of Simon projected on the front of the stately home!

We’re not quite so sure what to make of this but our sources tell us that waiters wore Simon Cowell masks, specially-designed wallpaper featured Simon’s face and even the food featured his initials. Guests were treated to a distinctly retro meal of alphabet spaghetti - spelling out Simon, naturally – and Shepherd’s Pie where the mash was piped into ‘S’ and ‘C’. Only the fishfingers escaped unscathed. Throughout the night Simon was sat at the top table with Cheryl Cole who was wearing an aqua Ralph & Russo dress and huge curly 80’s style hair. Sadly fellow X Factor judges Danni Minogue and Louis Walsh didn’t make it to the top table.

Simon made a speech thanking all his guests for coming to his party  and then surprised many by making a heartfelt appeal to those he had had very public spats with. ‘We may not always see eye to eye, but we both know that if one of us needed the other, we would be there,’ he said.

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

Over in Hollywood another star celebrated her 40th birthday.  Gwen Stefani’s celebrations were very low key in comparison to Simon Cowell. Gwen dined at exclusive Italian restaurant Cecconi’s in West Hollywood on Saturday (10.10.09), where she was joined by husband Gavin Rossdale and their two sons, Kingston, three, and 13-month-old Zuma.

Some of Gwen’s close friends, including Kate Beckinsale and her husband Len Wiseman, were also invited and guests celebrated the occasion in the restaurant’s private Butterfly Room, which features a $1 million heart shaped Damien Hirst painting and a crystal chandelier. An onlooker told People magazine: “The Butterfly Room was specially decorated for Gwen’s celebration with happy birthday balloons and roses. “Gwen looked amazing and so much younger than 40. She was in a great mood and seemed very excited to celebrate her birthday with her husband, children and friends. Gwen and Kate seem very close and the girls shared a long chat and many laughs. Gavin and a nanny took care of the boys so Gwen could just relax and enjoy her celebration.”

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