Hello, I am planning a fairly modest 50th birthday party for my mother-in-law. It is actually not her 50th birthday (I believe she's 55, but a lady never tells), but she's never had a party thrown for her, and so my sister-in-law and I decided that everyone deserves a really awesome 50th birthday celebration. I need help! I am not much of a goer-outer, so I have no idea where to start. What is a good restaurant to hold this dinner party in? Here are the requirements: 1) Must be in Los Angeles county. Preferably in the South Bay, but we are willing to venture north-ish into Santa Monica/Hollywood/Pasadena/etc., if need be. 2) Must either have a mariachi band that plays there, or rents rooms that we can then bring a hired band in to. This is the kicker! She has always wanted a mariachi band, so we have to incorporate this.
3) Must be able to accommodate at least 20 people, and lastly, 4) Must not be overtly expensive as I am an editor for a very small magazine and make a very small living. Any suggestions? Please? Thanks in advance!