Ever since I was in high school, I wanted to throw my dad a 60th birthday party. I had envisioned it and always prayed that my husband (if I was married!) would be just as excited to throw one as I was. And Chuck did.
During Labor Day weekend, we started to plan, determine the guest list, and identify what the ‘must-haves’ were and what we could manage ourselves. For us, we really wanted a bartender. Every party we throw, my dad always is the bartender for the night. Now, don’t get me wrong, he loves it but for his 60th, I wanted him to relax, enjoy the company of friends, eat, and not worry about a thing.
Next, I started calling around to various vendors and ended up with a handful of amazing ones that I’d love to share with all of you. So when you are planning your next big party, you’ll have a selection to choose from:
- Bartender | Prive Events
I’m going to be honest, we didn’t book a bartender until 1 week before the party because it was impossible to find one. We had called around to friends who bartend and other companies and no one was available. However, I called Prive events and they were A.W.E.S.O.M.E. They were able to secure a bartender ONE WEEK prior to our party. (Thank the Lord!) They sent me paperwork right away and our bartender’s information within days. Our bartender showed up an hour prior to guests arriving to setup. She was professional, kind, and had the utmost customer service. And she made great martinis! After our party, I received a ‘thank you’ note in the mail and a ‘thank you’ email. I highly recommend Prive events for your next party!
2. Catering | Larry’s Smokehouse
When it came to food, I didn’t want us to cook because it is so much work with 16 people in your house. On the flip side, I didn’t want to spend $1,000 on catering. So I was asking around at my office and one of my coworkers mentioned that she attended a wedding where the food was catered by Larry’s Smokehouse in Bothell. Chuck gave them a call and we were able to order pulled pork (which was to die for!), salmon (which everyone loved!), and chicken (which honestly, wasn’t my favorite! I’d stick with the pulled pork and salmon). We also had a salad, macaroni and cheese, and jalapeño corn bread. It was the easiest and yummiest food for our guests. And on top of all of this, it cost under $400 to feed 16 people (we picked up to save money as well). I highly recommend Larry’s Smokehouse for the fresh food and great pricing.
3. DERU Catering
I’ve been a fan of DERU Market since they opened! My girlfriends and I meet there for brunch or lunch quite often. We love it so much. And every time we go, I’m mesmerized by their enormous cakes that make me salivate without a doubt. So for dad’s birthday, I thought – I want to get him one of those gorgeous cakes! He loves coconut and boy do they have a heck of a coconut cake. Now, let me warn you – the price of these cakes aren’t inexpensive. A cake with writing is $90. But let me tell you, it was so worth it. He loved it and our guests thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend DERU for their tasty desserts and if you have time, stay for a meal.
4. Grand Event Rentals
One of our family friends who came to the party, suggested we rent plates and glasses for the evening plus a few high top tables so folks could stand around and mingle. I thought it was the perfect idea! She so kindly ordered us the glasses – wine, tumbler, and martini – plus small and large plates for the event. She also ordered 2 high top tables. Grand Event Rentals dropped off all of these items on our front door step freshly cleaned and ready to use. The high tops were super easy to setup and all we had to do was add linens and the tables were set. After we used our plates and glasses, we didn’t even have to wash them, you simply place them back in their crates and you’re done. I set all of these items on our front door step the day after the party and Grand Event Rentals picked them up. Probably one of the easiest services.
5. Etsy + Costco
Throughout the house, I placed signs all around – Dessert Bar, Cocktail Bar, Happy 60th birthday, etc. Etsy is the best place for fun digital signs that you can print. I found so many, bought the digital files, and sent them through the Costco photo center online for print. They were all delivered to me within a week. I didn’t have to leave the comfort of my own home to print them, which is always a plus. I’ve linked the shop I used to get my dad’s 60th birthday sign. She was quick to respond, friendly, and created our sign fast.
I hope this helps you all if you plan to throw a party where you want to cater, have your own bartenders, and more. Enjoy!