updated 06/26/2009 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/27/2009 AT 6:30 AM ET
Kim Kardashian has celebrated her birthday 28 times, but her 14th always sticks out as one of the most memorable.
The location: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
“That was the most magical place on earth,” she told PEOPLE Friday in Las Vegas at the opening in The Mirage of Sugar Factory, a candy store for which she is spokeswoman. “I had my birthday at Neverland Ranch. Who else can say that?”
Kardashian, who was dating one of Jackson’s nephews at the time, recalls: “When you drove up there were baby elephants and chimpanzees in overalls, and there was all the rides. It was everything you can possibly imagine. The memories I have from that place will last for the rest of my life.”
Jackson, though, wasn’t at the party. “It was just me and my friends,” says Kardashian. “It was something I’ll never forget.”