This year I decided I wanted nothing more than to go to a classy club for my birthday. We’re talking men have to wear pants and nice shoes, women in their favorite dresses, and everyone is dancing!! Since I live in the city, I hosted a cocktail party at my apartment then we all Ubered over to the club. Here are some details about my “Kayla’s Night Out” and how I hosted this Birthday Soiree!
First, I had to find a club. There are dozens all over Boston, all with their own rules for VIP service. For example, not all tables allow the same number of people. Additionally, table minimums vary from $350-$700+ and sometimes include waiving the cover charge, sometimes they only waive it for part of your party. Another benefit some clubs offer to their VIP guests is line privileges – this means you can show up at any time and cut the line. I hope to make a checklist soon of questions to ask when booking a club – comment if you think this would be useful! After calling around, I decided that Cure Lounge would be the best fit for me and the group of friends I was inviting.
Once I decided on a club, I had to get make a plan for the party. When should people come over? How much food should I have? Is there space for everyone to park? So many questions to answer! After some fun time spent planning how I’d like my special night to go, I was ready to tell my friends! Based on my conversation with the club promoter, I knew I could invite 10-12 people. I designed one of my Custom Modern Invitations to share all the details of the party with my guests. Being able to text a picture-invitation to all my friends made it easy to get the information out in less than two minutes! In reference to the song “Scholarships” by Future, I made this invitation:
Cocktail & Food Menu:
- Prosecco Soaked Sugar-Coated Grapes. Recipe from Delish, here. To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend these though, they didn’t really soak up the bubbly!
- Fruit Salad. Just whatever was on sale at the supermarket – strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, etc.
- Blended Watermelon and Vodka Coolers. These were a HUGE success! Not a drop left! Recipe from Jennifer Meyering, here.
- Birthday Cake Flavored, Frosting-Rimmed Shots. I made modifications to a recipe on Tbsp, here.
After looking at my food and beverage list, I decided to make my theme green and pink – like a watermelon. Why pick a theme? When your food and decor all match, it just makes the whole event feel cohesive and run smoother. It’s also nice on the eyes for you guests and it’s fun to pull together! Finally, nice decorations are the difference between a cheap college “pre-game” party and being an adult. Besides you won’t break the bank, I was able to get everything I needed between my local party store and a department store for less than $55.
Decorations Shopping List:
- 1 lg. Birthday helium balloon
- 2 sm. balloons (in green for my theme!)
- 2 Streamer rolls, 1 pink & 1 green
- 1 Green plastic table cloth
- 2 sm. pink plastic bowls
- Package of pink-handled forks
- Pink plates
- 1 set of pink Birthday napkins
- Pink and white paper straws
- Green candles
Those are the basics of how I planned out my birthday party this year. It was a huge success, from the watermelon coolers, to getting low on the dance floor, even to the late-night dumplings we got in Chinatown at the end of the night! To help you imagine how it all came together, I have included pictures below from the portion of the evening I hosted at my apartment. A lot of time and effort went into making my party fun and memorable for all who attended. Are you planning a birthday party? Don’t have time to make all these plans? Whether you plan to go out in Boston or not, I would enjoy to work with you to make your birthday special! Click here to contact me about working together on your next party.
(Left) Prosecco grapes. (Right) Fruit Salad.
Watermelon coolers. See the green at the bottom of the cup? That’s sour apple liqueur.
Cupcake flavored shots, rimmed with pink-vanilla frosting and sprinkles.