This is my first post. I have searched old ones but thought I'd try putting in my parameters.
Seeking a space for a birthday party of approx. 30 people, for drinks and a light buffet dinner.
I'd like to spend less than $30 per person, including drinks. Please tell me if that's just crazy! So many of the posts I read had suggestions for really high end restaurants that are just not an option for me, which is why I am doing my own post. I would really appreciate any advice regarding venues and regarding what is realistic.
Location: westside up to malibu, down to LAX, and east to downtown though hoping not to go that far.
Food: prefer Italian, but can do more American or just Continental for the right setting.
I'm looking for a private or semi-private space. My ideal setting would be a patio or courtyard, but I could do a private room if it's a nice space. Renting an event space and having separate catering is an option, but it seems that those places are usually too large and the ones I found were either really hip or really corporate.
We want to have a buffet rather than a formal sit-down banquet, something where people can mill around and talk, but not a loud bar atmosphere.
I think that covers the basics. Thank you!