Oscars Dispatch: Stars Are Already In Party Mode

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The Oscars aren’t until Sunday, but celebrities are already in party mode. Thursday night stars came out for an intimate soiree at the 27-acre home of billionaire real estate tycoon Jeff Greene, who threw a star-studded bash to celebrate his wife’s birthday.

Russell Simmons, Paris Hilton, Brett Ratner, Bai Ling and other celebs munched on Asian-themed cuisine like Kung Pao chicken, rice, and stir fry vegetables while enjoying the breathtaking views of the property, which features a reflecting pool and vineyard.

Paris Hilton, pictured above before the party, arrived shortly after 10pm with a posse of gal pals. Two blondes and one brunette followed Paris, who was decked out in a short sparkly pink dress, rhinestone heels, and tiara, around the party while she mingled with fellow guests including Nikki Haskell and Kato Kaelin. Paris posed for photos with Jeff’s wife and joined the guests in serenading her happy birthday as a massive chocolate cake was wheeled out. Paris walked around the party laughing, giggling, and whispering with her posse.

After the candles had been blown out, guests started clearing out of the Mediterranean style mansion. But hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons stayed well past 12:30am, despite telling Scandalist that he’s “in town for work.” [Photo: FilmMagic]

(Editor’s Note: Libby Keatinge, our gossip blogger extraordinaire, is hitting all of the parties before and after this year’s Oscars. Keep up with her latest Hollywood Gossip Dispatches in our Academy Awards Blog. Plus, don’t forget to join us for our Live Oscars Blog Party this Sunday at 8PM EST!)