Club 4Sixty6 hosts season 3 premiere party in West OrangeBY ALLISON RUPPINO
New Jersey’s Celebrity Magnet Tom Murro and good friend “The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s” Kim Granatell recently attended the season 3 official premiere party for VH1’s hit reality series, “Basketball Wives.” The night event was hosted by stars Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozado, and Jennifer Williams at Club 4Sixty6 in West Orange, N.J.
The party was held to celebrate the successful premiere of the show, which features the power players behind the NBA’s most sought-after men. The night was packed with plenty of ballers, surprise celebrity guests, and camera crews galore. The attendees were asked to “dress to impress” considering the cameramen were filming the festivities for a future “Basketball Wives” episode.
Although Murro and Granatell were not too well-versed on the content of the show, they felt what better way to find out about it than at a nice club in New Jersey. As soon as they entered, they were quickly brought past the huge crowds and up to the VIP red carpet where they began the night chatting to a familiar face in a sequin dress. It turned out to be Tiffany Rios, one of this season’s contestants from “American Idol,” and a graduate of Parsippany Hills High School in New Jersey.
After they flashed their pearly whites for some pictures to document the night, Grantell spent some time settling a “pressing” issue that had come up. The paparazzi had caught Kim entering the Intercontinental Hotel on Thursday morning with Michael Lohan. In response to all of their persistent questions, Kim G playfully responded, “Can you keep a secret? Yes? well so can I.”
The guests at the party not only took photos and enjoyed cocktails, but also got a chance to shop like the basketball wives themselves. Revboutique.com set up shop for guests to browse outfits, even some that the stars may be wearing on the show. Celebrity stylist Meital B. was also on hand to give some expert tips on how to dress like the ladies.
After some time, Murro and Granatell headed down to the VIP seating area where Shaunie O’ Neal and Jennifer Williams were enjoying some cocktails and food. O’Neal is the ex-wife of Newark native Shaquille O’Neal. Williams grew up in South Orange and is the ex-wife of Eric Williams, also a Newark native.
The club then brought out a Cake Boss-style cake in the shape of a basketball and hoop.
“As Kim and I were standing in our section, I noticed the ladies pointing to Kim and then waving hello,” said Murro. “They actually recognized her and invited us over for a photo. ‘Basketball Wives who watch The Real Housewives? How funny!”
It makes sense they might share a lot in common since the VH1 series is simply a version of the Bravo hit, but with a basketball theme!
“They were very sweet, and while we were taking our picture with the ladies, Kim actually sat down on the cake,” said Murro. “The poor thing then had to drive home with a chocolate covered backside, and in the photo you can actually make out the lines of the basketball on her dress.” The stain came out the next day; however, that was quite the party “foul.”