No matter what type of good fortune you are experiencing, celebrating with family and friends is always a delight. You could host a dinner at home, but who wants to deal with the mess and clean up? A much better option for a dinner celebration is to rent a private venue, such as The Cedar Door. Most restaurants also have private sections that are separate from the main dining room, so you can enjoy your dinner without being distracted by other diners. If you're interested in hosting a dinner in a private room at your favorite restaurant or renting a private venue, use the following tips:
Plan in Advance
Many popular restaurants that have private venues book up in advance, especially for prime dining times, such as weekend evenings. If you want to successfully book a private room, it is in your best interest to contact the restaurant as far in advance as possible. If a restaurant has more than one private room available, you may want to visit the restaurant in person so you can check out each room and determine which one will work best for your event.
Discuss the Menu
When planning an event in a private dining room, it is very important to carefully think about the menu. If you're having a small dinner party, you may opt to have your guests order off of the regular menu. But, if you're hosting a larger group, a set menu may be more appropriate. Many restaurants offer prix fixe menus for large groups; these types of menus are priced per person and include a few different options for the different courses. Some restaurants may also offer a buffet option for large groups renting out a private venue. Talk to the restaurant's chef about your options, and don't forget to mention if any of your guests have dietary restrictions.
Know What the Restaurant is Providing
If you want your party in a private venue to be a success, it is important to know what the restaurant is providing and what you are responsible for. Some restaurants will print out menus and provide decorations for a private room, while others will not. If you want to serve cake to mark the reason for celebrating, find out whether the restaurant has an in-house chef that can bake it or if you need to purchase one from an outside bakery. You should also find out if the restaurant has a corkage fee if you want to bring your own bottles of wine to serve with dinner.