I'm looking to arrange for a 21st birthday party on Sat, 17 October. I'd like it to be a unique experience and am considering a few options. One of the venues I'm considering is The Abbey but I have a couple of friends who are under 21 and I'm wondering if they'll be able to get it.
Other ideas that I have is hosting a murder-mystery party like Keith & Margo (http://www.murdermystery.com/asp-bin/...), The Dinner Detective (http://www.thedinnerdetective.com/) or Sharpo (http://www.sharpo.com/). Have anyone tried any of these dinner theatres before?
I briefly considered The Magic Castle but it quickly got scrapped when I realized that I didn't know anyone who was a member and I heard the food's not worth the price.
Do anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking for places with decent food that can accommodate a large group (~25 ppl) with a full bar and entertainment. I'm also hoping to be spending $40/guest (tax and beverage not included) but I realize that this may not be possible.
I also might be getting a cake from RoseBud (http://www.rosebudcakes.com/index.html). Anyone have suggestions on a cheaper place to get custom cakes?
Anyway, if all else fails, I might just organize a BBQ. Thanks in advance for all the help guys. I really appreciate any information that you can give.
ETA: I live on West LA near the intersection of 405 and 10. I'm hoping to find a place within a 30 miles radius, if possible.