Personalizing a Party Outside of Your Home

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.

Menu Cards

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

Assemble A Favor Bar

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:

Junior Mints

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!


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63 responses to “Personalizing a Party Outside of Your Home”

  1. Bren says:

    This makes me want to have a big beautiful party just so it can look this gorgeous!

  2. kate says:

    I love all of these ideas, especially the wordle!! What a fabulous party!

  3. kittycardero says:

    I love the idea of the empty chair at each table for the guest of honor. That’s a really thoughtful touch.

  4. Love The Assemble A Favor bar and the Wordle. That would have “choked me up”. How awesome of a gift is that? Very thoughtful!

  5. Erin Cook says:

    I love how beautiful it looks. It makes me want to throw a great party!

  6. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful party! I adore the selection of your aunt’s favorite things and the way you entertained the children! Lovely!

  7. Veronica Garrett says:

    I never thought of some of these great ideas. I plan on using them when planning my next big party.

  8. Alexandrea says:

    This looks like a great party!

  9. Christal Couturier says:

    These are great ideas especially the kids activity bag

  10. susan smoaks says:

    i’m always looking for great picture frames

  11. Diane Baum says:

    Lots of very interesting and new ideas-thank you

  12. heather c says:

    Such great ideas, especially the Aunt Rita chair. Also, this made me hungry and thirsty.

  13. luisa says:

    great ideas thank you so much .

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