K-Swiss Players Party a hit

Lance Bass

I’m glad I took my mother-in-law to the K-Swiss Desert Smash Players Party with me last night.

If not for her, I may have never noticed the short list of celebrities and tennis pros that attended the event at Figue Mediterranean in La Quinta, the latest restaurant by Lee Morcus of the Kaiser Restaurant Group.

As soon as I walked in, I immediately noticed  Timothy Olyphant who plays the scruffy but sexy U.S. Marshal in FX’s Justified. He was at the bar talking to a woman.

But as I walked further into the huge architecturally eye-catching building previously occupied by Omri and Boni,  I walked right past Lance Bass – my second favorite N’Sync band member.  (My favorite is obviously Justin Timerberlake, not Tarantula head)

My mother-in-law though noticed him right away and made sure to point him out to me.

She’s tall – almost 6 feet. Whereas I’m barely 5 feet – so it can be hard to notice people in the crowd.

“Where’s Jeremy Piven. I hear he’s here,” I say to her later in the evening. “He’s right behind you,” she said.

I was within nudging distance of him – so close he may have heard me asking about him.

There were some people I noticed all on my own though.

As a fan of Top Chef, it was hard to not notice Chris “CJ” Jacobsen who at 6 ‘8 ½ towers above the crowd.

Jacobsen, considered a fan favorite,  was voted off too early in my opinion in the most recent airing of the Bravo reality show.

Promotions of the event mentioned  other celebrities such as Joe Pesci, Justin Chambers, Bob Sinclair and Michael B. Jordan who were supposed to be there.

They may have been, but I didn’t see them – and I’d definitely notice Pesci running around.

The party was a follow-up bash to the 9th annual K-Swiss Desert Smash at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta which benefited Variety – The Children’s Charity.

Pro players Novak Djokovic, Mardy Fish, Fernando Verdasco, Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike were all expected to attend.

The only tennis pros I saw were Querry and Verdasco – again thanks to my mother-in-law who as a tennis player herself and fan of the sport was able to easily spot them.

You can’t have a party without entertainment – which was enthusiastically provided by LMFAO’s Party Rock Crew.

Redfoo — aka Stefan Kendal Gordy – was there in full-haired form but I didn’t see his girlfriend Victoria Azarenka, the No. 1 ranked female tennis player.

The Party Rock Crew played all their hits and pumped up the party with their signature high energy performance that included a huge blow-up Zebra on stage, party favors thrown into the crowd and confetti.

This isn’t the typical party you’d take your mother-in-law to, but I think she had a good time – as did I.

Tennis pro Fernando Verdasco with a fan.

Jeremy Piven and ESPN Reporter Jill Mongomery in center