Could this be the most glamorous dinner party of all time?
Dinner parties are stressful at the best of times, but when your guests of honour are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama we’re talking nervous breakdown territory.
Last night Sarah Jessica Parker held a fundraising dinner for President Obama’s re-election campaign at her New York home.
SJP (her husband, Matthew Broderick, couldn’t be there as he had to perform on Broadway) welcomed 50 people into her West Village home, all of whom had paid up to $40,000 each to attend.
Thanks to the generosity of some of New York’s finest, Obama managed to raise $2 million.
Apart from the President and First Lady Michelle, others famous faces in attendance included Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin, designer Michael Kors, Olivia Wilde and US Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
According to guests at the exclusive event, Sarah Jessica Parker had done a great job sprucing up her home, which had plenty of art on the walls, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and marble fireplaces which were adorned with flowers.
It’s also being reported that Trombone Shorty, a jazz/funk musician from New Orleans, performed on the night, while guests sat at two long tables in SJP’s pad.
As SJP, who was wearing a navy lace cocktail dress with three-quarter length sleeves, a jewel-studded necklace and an enormous diamond ring, introduced her high profile friends to the rest of the room, she described Michelle Obama as, ‘our radiant and extraordinary First Lady.’
During the evening, Obama made a heartfelt speech in which he thanked ‘Sarah Jessica’ and ‘her whole crew’ as ‘great friends’ and a ‘great leader and champion on behalf of the arts.’
He added: ‘I recognize that most of you are here to see Michelle. I always explain I rank fifth in the hierarchy in the White House. There’s Michelle, my mother-in-law, the two girls and Bo. So that actually makes it six. In terms of star wattage, people come to the White House and say, “Where’s Michelle?”
He then went on to sing his wife’s praises: ‘Some of you know that Michelle had some skepticism about a life in politics. I think that’s well known. And so the grace and the strength and the poise and the warmth that she has brought to an extraordinarily difficult task as first lady and still being the best mum couldn’t make me prouder. I’m very pleased she’s here. This is sort of our date night.’
Earlier in the day, SJP’s neighbours looked on in astonishment as secret agents, NYPD police and dozens of workers went about preparing the Sex and the City star’s four-story townhouse for the starry event.
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall!