Fresh from a birthday bash in Miami, the 33-year-old Desperate Housewives star arrived at the San Antonio airport Sunday – completely unaware of the intricate celebration hubby Tony Parker had planned in their hometown.
The party, elaborate even by Hollywood standards, involved surprise visits from friends and family, an Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt, a lavish dinner at a castle and a real-life version of the Clue board game.
"There was no party planner," says one impressed party guest. "Tony was the [mastermind] of this all. And it was a big surprise."
The unsuspecting star – who had already enjoyed three previous birthday bashes – was greeted at the airport by the familiar Clue characters (played by hired actors who were flown in from Los Angeles). But the San Antonio Spurs star was noticeably absent.
"Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, all of them were there," says the guest. "But there's no Tony. Although there was a Spurs coyote – the Spurs mascot – in the crowd."
The actress then headed to a local hotel, where she met up with friends, including actress Lake Bell, who had been flown in for the surprise. The pals were then divided up into teams for a city-wide scavenger hunt which ended up at a steakhouse.
Before the party could continue, the birthday girl had to watch a video and answer questions from the still-MIA Parker.
Says the guest: "It was stuff like, what was the first place we had our date? IHOP. What was the movie we saw together? National Treasure. What's my favorite color? Red. She got them all right."
Tony's Big SurpriseThat set the stage for the biggest surprise of the night. "In walks the Spurs coyote again," says the partygoer. "But it's Tony in the coyote costume! He's been in the coyote costume the whole day .... He was hot, he was sweating, he was in love with his wife."
(The couple recently faced a round of Internet innuendo,when Longoria Parker was photographed without her tattoo of their wedding date. Did she have it removed? Any suggestion of marital strife "couldn't be further from the truth," says her rep Liza Anderson. "She was working on set! They always put make up over her tattoos when she is working.")
With Parker's true identity revealed, the group then headed to San Antonio's Terrell Castle for a lavish meal. The ultimate icing on the cake: Longoria Parker's favorite birthday cake – Betty Crocker yellow cake with chocolate frosting – cooked by her mother.
The night capped off with the real-life version of Clue, the couple's favorite board game. The actress's team tied for the win, concluding correctly that Miss White killed Mr. Body in the library with the wrench.
But Parker was the night's real champ, for managing to pull off such an elaborate – not to mention romantic – celebration.
"This was all Tony," says the guest.
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