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How to Plan a Party at a Restaurant or Private Event Space May 31, 2018

North Bergen, Hudson County
How to Plan a Party at a Restaurant or Private Event Space, North Bergen, New Jersey

Planning a party can be overwhelming, especially if your home isn’t big enough to serve as a venue. In this case, you may turn to a local restaurant or private event space for help. If the venue offers catering services, your responsibilities will diminish significantly. Once you’ve found the ideal spot, use the following tips to make the most of the occasion.

4 Tips for Planning a Party at a Restaurant

1. Nail Down the Details

Contact the restaurant at least several weeks in advance to secure a date in their schedule. If they can host you, ask to meet with the owner or event planner in person. At this meeting, discuss the must-haves of the birthday bash or corporate event. For example, will you bring a cake or decorations? Will you want a specific playlist playing? Establish exactly what you can and can’t do so there are no surprises down the line. 

2. Create a Menu

private event spaceIf the private event space has a chef or caterer, work alongside them to arrange the perfect spread. Discuss dietary restrictions, dishes you love, and the number of courses you wish to serve. You should also talk about whether alcoholic beverages and dessert are included. Let the chef know how many people have RSVPed, and round up just to be safe.

3. Personalize the Party

Once the details have been solidified, don’t be afraid to have fun with the planning process! Arrive at the private event space a few hours before the party so there’s plenty of time to decorate, set out place cards, or cue the music. Remember to personalize the space so the guests feel at home.

4. Keep Staff Informed

As the party kicks off, maintain open communication with the event staff. Perhaps extra guests showed up or a few decided to stay home. Keeping key players abreast of sudden changes will ensure the party goes off without a hitch. If anyone shows up late, staff members can direct them to their specific table.


If you’re looking to throw a party in Hudson County, turn to Waterside Restaurant & Catering for top-tier service. This fine dining restaurant offers a private event space and a celebrated catering service run by Executive Chef Gus Shizas. Your guests will adore this spot along the Hudson River with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and two ballrooms for private events. Whether you’re planning an anniversary celebration or corporate fundraiser, call (201) 861-7767 to get started. Visit the website for more information about their catering services.

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