I'm hosting my husband's 40th surprise birthday party at a local restaurant. The theme is magic.I will have a magician come in and do close-up magic for guest for 45 minutes. And also have a fun birthday cake for him. The place will be all decorated in black, white and red with cards, dice and the ceiling will be covered in balloons.
I have rented one of their private room and will have an appetizer buffet.
My questions is:
The cost of the magician is $500 and the cost per person for food is $15.00 - I am having 40 guests.
The cost of drink can be very expensive, so I thought of giving each person 2 drink tickets. But, this is even very expensive, and I think offering only one ticket is tacky.
Do you think guests expect drinks to be covered by us?
It is a group of our closest friends and when Ive been to other birthday, we all pay individually for what we consume (even the food). But, i wanted his bday to be a little bit more special.
What are your thoughts?
How would you word your invitation?
Think about it this way, if you hold a party at home, don't most of your guests bring their own 6 packs, bottles of liquor? They surely don't expect you to feed them booze!
You're holding the party for your husband, the guest of honor, he shouldn't have to worry about paying for his drinks. However if you are worried one drink ticket for each guest (I think, anyway) should make them feel thankful enough.
Your theme is great, and so are your ideas.
The invitation... Maybe something with "abracadabra" "We DO have something up our sleeve!" Have fun with it.
My thoughts: I would have a special signature drink for all the guests. This would be for a special toast to your husband because the party is for him.
In addition, I would note this the invitation also, the guest would understand that the host bar would be available for purchase if those that want to drink.
Any other thoughts are welcome!
I am interested in knowing how things turn out, please keep us updated
I havent hosted the party yet - It's coming up quick on June 8th! Soo excited!
I love your idea, I just have to come up with something he really wants... its hard to find something for someone that seems to have everything... I'll think about it!
His mom just sent me pictures of him from his childhood and I will be integrating picture frames with a number on each and giving each table a list to "guess the age" as a group. I will treat the winning group to their shot of choice with the b-day boy for a B-day toast!
As for the drink ticket dilemma, I decided to have the bar quote me a punch bowl with a drink called "Abracadra" - this should last about 30-40 minutes, which is the time that guest will be there before we arrive for the surprise.
I think I want to decorate the punch with dry ice to give it a magic feel.
I'll post picture of the event soon!