Ain't no party like a Sex and the City 2 party...
... 'cause a Sex and the City 2 party is full of fabulous fashions, girlie drinks and more swank than you can shake your Louboutins at. The movie opens locally on Thursday, and venues all over town are hosting celebratory events. Pre-parties, pre-pre-parties, after-parties... A few, including the Saks Fifth Avenue and Palm Restaurant shindigs, have already sold out. But there are some parties you can still attend. So round up your girlfriends, find the perfect outfit and let yourself get "Carried" away.
Pre-pre party 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday at Mangroves Seafood Grille & Bar
Strap on your Manolos and head to South Tampa for this day-before-the-debut bash. Lounge singer Lisa Casalino will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Then at 9 p.m. get reacquainted with Carrie and the girls during a showing of the first SATC movie. There'll also be food and drink specials, complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries and giveaways. Admission is free. And bonus: Bring in gently used handbags, shoes, jewelry or other accessories to benefit High Hopes in High Heels, you'll get a complimentary cocktail. 208 S Howard Ave., Tampa, (813) 258-3302.
Pre-party 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Admission is free for this girlie gathering. Enjoy complimentary goodies including a cocktail, passed hors d'oeuvres, mini cupcakes, chocolate-covered strawberries and makeup touch-ups. There will also be additional Moet cocktails for purchase and -- why not? -- a Skyy ice bar. For inspiration, Saks will display fashions and accessories. The first 150 guests will get a Saks coupon for 15 percent off this weekend, so you can see the movie in style. 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa, (813) 874-9463
After-party 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday at Nova 535
See the film on your own, then head to this shindig. Admission and valet parking are free. There'll be free still and sparkling wines from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and a 9 p.m. fashion and hair show (featuring adorable child models!) by VLVT Salon and Revolve Clothing Exchange. You'll also have a shot at door prizes including gift certificates to local boutiques, salons, tanning and more.You can earn even more loot by winning the SATC character look-alike contest between 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., which will be judged by a panel of local fashion experts. (Incidentally, my mom won a SATC character lookalike contest at a party a few years ago. That's her, on your right. Can you guess which of the fab four she's supposed to be?) Also pop into the Shutterbooth, which will be on site from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., to capture your fabulousness on camera. 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N (Ninth St. N), (727) 821-6682.
Deal Diva Dalia
Photos: Macy's, Fred Wheatt (a.k.a. Dalia's dad)