There are many advantages to having a birthday party at a restaurant, as any party planner will tell you. As a party venue, a restaurant already has tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery. Depending on the restaurant, you already have some type of décor or ambiance. Catering is easy, and the restaurant probably has a bar to cater for your party too. The waiting staff are already there, and many restaurants have musicians or DJs who can provide entertainment as well. In addition, because everything is being sourced from one place, you can save a lot of money compared to hiring a hall, caterers, tables, décor and so on.
To make sure that the birthday party you are planning is really special, look beyond the usual restaurants you frequent. A unique restaurant that serves a particular type of food will offer all your guests a new experience. Trying new foods and flavors will add to the fun, and make the event more interesting. Most restaurants will cater for the traditional palate as well, but a few house specialties will add an exotic flavor to the party.
A themed restaurant can solve your décor problems very quickly. If the restaurant is well decorated with an interesting theme, the party can follow suit. A good theme will add to the party atmosphere without you having to decorate – which is a lot more affordable too. The restaurant will allow you to bring in special flower arrangements or a Happy Birthday banner and so forth, but a nicely themed restaurant means you don’t have to decorate every wall and dress every table.
Entertainment can often be provided by the restaurant, as they may have regular musicians they can call on to entertain at your birthday party. If the restaurant specializes in cuisine from a particular country, consider getting musicians who can add some of that country’s music to the play-list to keep within the theme. The restaurant manager or owner may be able to provide some suggestions for the party based on local traditions, for example breaking plates in a Greek restaurant.
A birthday party at a restaurant is often a more intimate affair than one held in a hall. It is also less disjointed than a party held at home, where guests tend to gather in small groups in different rooms. Laid out properly, a party in a restaurant will allow everyone to interact with each other. If you’re concerned about people who don’t know each other well, seat them close to an interesting piece of décor – that’ll get the conversation started in no time.
Perhaps the nicest thing about a birthday party at a restaurant is that the organizer has a lot less work to do – before and after the party. Once you’ve met the restaurant manager or owner, they will do all the setting up and organizing for you. Afterwords, you just need to make sure you tip the waitrons, and leave the rest up to them! That sounds like a great birthday party in my book!