BROOKLYN WEEKLY, MARCH 15, 2020
PARTY & PROM GUIDE 2020
DELICIOUS and easy!
Throw a successful
People who love to entertain but don’t have
the space to do so at home often take their
love of hosting to nearby restaurants.
While much of the work on the day of the party is
likely to be performed by restaurant staff , hosting
a gathering at a local establishment has its
challenges, particularly in regard to planning.
It’s easy to focus solely on the cost of hosting a
restaurant party, as that’s likely to be the foremost
consideration for hosts. And it’s wise for hosts to
develop a budget for their parties while also considering
other ways to make their get-togethers
When shopping restaurants and other venues,
ask the establishment managers to give a thorough
rundown of proposed expenses. Get all estimates
in writing so they can be easily compared. Th e fi -
nancial management resource Th e Balance says
that common venue expenses can include room
rental, food and beverages, security deposit, insurance
needs, valet parking, taxes/gratuities, and
other add-ons. Th ese add-ons can include plating
fees for cakes made off -premises or corkage fees
for host-supplied wine.
Mingling and conversation are part of restaurant
parties, but hosts can facilitate even more
guest interaction by planning entertainment for
the party. Discuss with the venue whether hired
musicians or other entertainers are permissible.
Something as low-key as a table-side sleight-ofhand
magician or a tarot card reader who can offer
psychic intrigue may be fun.
PERSONALIZE THE MENU & SPACE
Decorate the venue within reason, and abide
by the rules of the house. Decorations may include
festive balloons, ribbons or chair covers
or colorful fl owers or centerpieces, and takeaways
Discover if you can work with the chef to curate
a special menu. Th is helps the kitchen staff
immensely because they’ll only have a set number
of dishes to prepare rather than having to
make foods off the larger menu all at once, says
the food, home and wellness site MyDomaine.
Family-style appetizers also are eff ective. Print
out custom menus with the event title on top,
or ask if the restaurant can make them.
DECIDE ON BAR SERVICE
Alcoholic refreshments can quickly consume
a budget, so frugal hosts might need to reign in
expenses in the this department. Wine and spirits
can be expensive if they’re not included in the
restaurants price-fi xed party package. It’s perfectly
acceptable to off er some carafes of wine or
pitchers of beer on the table and ask guests to pay
for their own specialized drinks. If you do not opt
for a full open bars, ask the wait staff explain to
guests what is and isn’t included before they order.
MAKE PARKING ACCESSIBLE
Selecting a venue with on-site parking or
valet service can make things more convenient
A few simple strategies can help hosts the
navigate the process of hosting parties at restaurants.
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