In case you didn’t already know, my birthday is on Halloween! This year I’m having an epic party at the weekend of course, complete with Halloween fancy dress and themed cocktails. I’ll be turning 22 (eww I wanna stay 21 forever), and as the 31st falls on a Tuesday this year, I’ve left it to my boyfriend to organise a ‘civilised meal’ for the evening, after I’ve had a few pints with my work friends… Today’s guest post is perfectly timed, because it’s all about planning the ultimate birthday dinner in London. I’m assuming Oliver has already made arrangements for my birthday, but in case he hasn’t… hopefully this will inspire him! (#men).

How to Plan the Ultimate Birthday Dinner in London

Taking charge of a friend or family member’s birthday plans means all the decisions making, planning, and responsibility falls in your lap. Obviously, you want to put together a fabulous gathering for the guest of honour just to show how much they mean to you. If you’ve decided a birthday dinner is the way to go and you want to be sure it goes off without a hitch, here are some tips you can use to help ensure it’s a memorable event.

Choose a Venue

The first step in planning the ultimate birthday dinner is to choose a venue well in advance of the party. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with hosting the dinner in your own home, it will add a lot of work, effort, and stress to your plate. Depending on how many people you are inviting, you may not even have the space to seat everyone.

Typically, the best option is to choose a local restaurant that can accommodate the amount of people you will have, the date you’ve picked, and offers the cuisine and atmosphere that the guest of honour enjoys. Many restaurants will even set up a separate space for the party to make it more of a VIP or intimate experience.

Take for example the Bunga Bunga Covent Garden Restaurant in London. The restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine, but it doesn’t just stop there. This is a full Bunga Bunga experience where the delicious, weird, off-the-wall, and wonderful all meet in one location. This is the perfect example of a venue that can accommodate groups and will deliver a memorable experience.

Give Plenty of Notice to Guests

It’s also important that you plan well in advance so you can give your guests plenty of notice. If you wait until the last minute to invite everyone, the odds of people being able to show up will be slim to none.

While some party planning experts would say it’s wise to send out invitations eight weeks in advance, typically this just isn’t practical. As long as the invitations have been sent out two to four weeks in advance, you should be good. If it’s a milestone birthday such as a 50th or 65th, then you may want to at least send out a save-the-date eight weeks in advance.

Be Sure to Include Décor

If you’re heading out to a restaurant obviously it will have its own décor and atmosphere, but that certainly shouldn’t stop you from bringing along a few birthday-themed items. It’s a good idea to check with the restaurant in advance to ask if there are any décor restrictions. Typical items you could bring include balloons, a birthday banner, a birthday hat/crown, confetti for the table, and birthday-themed centrepieces.

A Party to Remember

By taking some extra time to plan out the venue, ensuring your guests have plenty of notice, and taking the extra step to include decorations, you’re sure to create a birthday party that will be memorable and fun.

… and don’t forget the cake!

What are your tips for the ultimate birthday dinner?

Thanks for reading,