Restaurants are great venues for a kids' birthday party — you don't have to worry about cooking or cleaning up, and a restaurant with a private party room even allows kids to move around and play in peace without worrying about disturbing other patrons. Other parents will also enjoy having dinner plans already made for them on the day of the event! To help you host the perfect kids' birthday party at a restaurant, here are three tips you should follow.
1. Select a Restaurant With a Sizable Private Party Room
When selecting a kid's birthday party place, it's best to find one with a private room. Kids can be rambunctious diners, and having their own private room gives them space away from the rest of the restaurant's diners where they can feel free to run around and play. While you may have to pay a rental fee in order to secure the private room for your child's birthday party, the private party room will help make the birthday experience more enjoyable for your child and his or her friends.
Renting a restaurant venue with a private party room also helps to increase safety. It's easier to keep an eye on all of your little party guests when they're in one room together. A private room also bars entry to people who are not party guests, which helps to keep strangers away from the children.
An additional consideration when selecting a restaurant for your child's birthday party, whether or not you are hosting the party in a private room, is the amount of space they have available. Ask your child how many guests he or she is planning to invite to the party and ensure the restaurant you select has enough space to host them all — it can be difficult for children when they are unable to invite all of their friends, so make sure you select a restaurant with ample hosting space.
2. Notify the Restaurant About All Dietary Allergies
Once you've selected a restaurant, it's time to send out the invitations. When you're planning a restaurant party, it is vitally important that you ask every guest about dietary allergies. Notify parents that they should mention anything that their child is allergic to when they RSVP. If you don't hear anything from the parents before the date of the party, don't be afraid to call them and ask them personally. You don't want your child's friends to show up only to be unable to eat anything served at the party! Make sure you notify the restaurant about all dietary allergies and have them double-check that nothing served at the party has a chance of causing an allergic reaction.
3. Ask Before Bringing in Outside Food
Finally, you'll need to ask the restaurant about their outside food policy. You may be planning on bringing your own cake to the party or may be planning on passing out goodie bags for your child's friends. You'll need to clear this with the restaurant beforehand and make sure it is allowed — some restaurants do not permit any outside food to be brought inside the restaurant, and will instead bake or purchase a cake themselves. You don't want to be caught off-guard on the day of the party, so make sure the restaurant either allows you to bring in a cake of your own or you have arranged for the restaurant to provide a birthday cake.
Overall, restaurants provide an inexpensive and fun birthday environment for kids. As long as you make preparations beforehand and ensure that all the food contains no dietary allergens and you've arranged to either bring your own birthday cake or have one provided, all you and your child have to do on the day of the party is show up, eat and have fun! If you're interested in having a restaurant host your child's birthday party, look for local restaurants that specialize in hosting private kids' birthday parties — they'll work with you in creating the best birthday experience for your child and his or her friends.