Here are some tips & tricks from the pros to make your birthday bash unforgettable! The first decision is to choose a theme for the event. Do you go with a classic casino night or a fun theme? There are great benefits to both, and it obviously it’s a matter of personal style. But nothing breaks the inhibitions of a crowd of people like a ‘Vintage Vegas themed event’ or a ‘Swinging Speakeasy’ and both are rather easy to plan.
To get started, search rental locations that might be appropriate for your theme. Older buildings make great venues for ‘Speakeasy parties’ and modern clubs and restaurants’ are perfect for a classic casino night. Be sure that there are no rental fees for the space when catering via the venue. If your are planning to cater from outside be sure to get your rental rate in writing with all the details the venue provides for you such as linens, cutlery, candles, cake cutting, coat checks or valet services, etc. Also ask if the space you’re renting is also a ‘common area’ or if it would be exclusive to you during the event? Many eclectic venues such as old buildings and bars will rent a space and still utilize the bar area for their normal business needs, so be sure to ask.
Having a themed cocktail for your event adds to the ambiance. Maybe it’s the favorite drink of the guest of honor, which of course…you should name it after them! Or maybe it’s a drink inspired by the era or event theme, such as a ‘Big Winner’ or a ‘007-Cocktail.’ Have fun with it; make a sign to showcase it, have one ready for the birthday boy or girl upon arrival to toast the occasion!