The REAL alliance is stronger than ever before! Former Real Housewives of Orange County beauty, Gretchen Rossi, got EXACTLY what she wanted for her 38th birthday this year – a star-studded private bash at The Ritz Prime Seafood in Newport Beach with her studly fiance, Slade Smiley, and 30 of her closest friends – including current housewives Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd! Click through 9 exclusive photos inside the event, as RadarOnline.com reveals who was not invited and who showed up anyway!
Gretchen Rossi is a REAL lucky lady! In this photo, Slade Smiley – who turned 43 just one day prior to Rossi’s birthday on the 30th of Oct. – planted a smooch on his gorgeous bride to be!
The alliance was strong at Rossi’s birthday. Photographed from left to right: current RHOC stars, Vicki Gunvalson, 54, and Kelly Dodd, 43, with their new BFF Rossi, and former RHOC stars Peggy Tanous, 46, and Lizzie Rovsek, 36.
According to a source at the party, “It was like a Real Housewives reunion and the five of them had so much fun together it was ridiculous! There was non-stop laughter, dancing, dining, partying and just really enjoying life, while celebrating their best friend’s birthday!”
As Radar previously reported, Gunvalson and Dodd were practically been begging Bravo producers to bring back Rossi in hopes of strengthening their alliance against the three ladies nemesis, Tamra Judge! “Vicki, Kelly and Gretchen’s friendship is awesome because it is real. They are all close friends when there are no camera’s rolling. It is how friendships should be.”
Kelly, who attended the party with her husband Michael, looked like twinsies with her blonde birthday BFF! “Gretchen and Kelly are like sisters and have so much fun when they are together,” said source.
“Everyone got along so great at the party and, for once, there was zero drama,” the insider added.
Dodd looked like an angel a Rossi’s party! However, as fans know, the controversial latest addition to RHOC has caused a ton of drama that is sure to carry over into next season!
So what did Smiley get his lucky lady! According to a source close to the dynamic duo, “Gretchen always insists that Slade get her nothing because she says that being with him is the best gift in the world. But, of course, he didn’t listen and surprised her with gorgeous flowers, a huge party, a heartfelt card and, well, you know what!”
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