How to Add Personal Touches to a Party at a Restaurant or Club!
For so many different reasons, hosting a party at a restaurant, country club or meeting hall is often the best or most practical choice. Just this past month, I had the opportunity to develop some new ideas for a birthday celebration my family held at a country club to insure that the party was a true surprise!
Some of the easiest ways that you can enhance the venue are lovely flower arrangements and a cake that has been specially ordered for the occasion. But I was very happy with some of the additional touches that I put together for my dear aunt’s milestone birthday! Here’s what I did!
Create a Logo
With the help of my tech-savvy daughter, we created a simple logo that featured three cupcakes and my aunt’s three initials in a pink circle. We used the logo on just about every element of the party!
The Guest of Honor Chair
At our party there were four round tables of eight, with the guest of honor seated at the first table. I decided to add an extra chair at each of the other tables and dubbed it the “Aunt Rita” chair. A pink helium balloon marked the extra chair at each table and allowed my aunt to easily visit all of her guests during the meal.
All guests were offered entrée choices– even the children! So we created two menus cards, printing the selections on card stock, topped with the logo and tucked into folded napkins. The children’s menus also featured games and designs to color:
Children’s Activity Bags
I filled colorful gift bags with small toys, crayons, craft kits and so on, placing one at each child’s seat. The bags served as both place cards and entertainment!
Personalize The Cake with a Monogram
Create a Group Gift
Prior to the party, I sent each guest a small card (featuring the logo, of course!) asking them for one word that best described the guest of honor! Each word was then incorporated into a Wordle. A Wordle is a design composed of individual words and sometimes referred to as a “word cloud.” In this case, the Wordle was created in a cupcake shape to match the logo. Enlarged and framed, this is truly a sentimental, creative and inexpensive way to mark a special occasion! (See Wordle.net)
I’ve long been a fan of candy/dessert buffets, especially if they are the work of Amy Atlas! For this party, though, I thought I could switch it up by creating a “Favor”ites bar – an assortment of treats that reflected my aunt’s most favorite things! Ribbon trimmed gift bags awaited filling with the guests’ choice from the favor bar and every item on the “favor”ites bar was trimmed with coordinating ribbon, twine or stickers. The favor bar included:
Fudge from the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk
Splits of champagne, Bailey’s Irish Cream (mini bottles), Orange soda bottles trimmed with pink and white paper straws
CD’s featureing the guest of honor’s favorite songs
More Fun Photos
While you may not choose to go as over the top as I did with this party, even incorporating one or two of these ideas into your next celebration will add so much to the gathering!
The key is to identify a theme, like cupcakes, and a color scheme that you can follow when you are selecting the decorative features of the party. The outcome is well worth the effort for life’s most memorable days!