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Recommendations for daughter's 1st birthday party

phooi Dec 13, 2008 03:30 PM


Looking for recommendations for my daughter's 1st birthday party. We are trying to spend between $20-40/person and expect approximately 70 people (includes kids) and am interested in locations between San Francisco and Fremont. We are flexible on cuisine but I'm here because food is important. The only other requirement is that the place be family friendly.


Thanks in advance for your help!

  1. rworange Jan 2, 2009 01:34 PM

    So, what did you choose and how was it?

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      ceekskat Dec 16, 2008 05:34 PM

      I agree with above posters regarding Asian food. I held my daughter's 1st birthday (she's now 12) at an upscale Indian restaurant during Sunday lunch with open bar. There were about 60 people including kids. We had a section of the restaurant to ourselves & I got to select the buffet menu that day. It was delicious, elegant, kid friendly, & most importantly, stress free :)

      1. Eugene Park Dec 13, 2008 06:37 PM

        Since you're looking at including kids/families, I'm assuming you're thinking of lunch rather than dinner? We had my son's 1 year bday party at Zen Peninsula in Millbrae almost 5 months ago. ZP has some weekend afternoon (2PM to 4PM) special banquet menus for a minimum of 5 tables. We chose the $198 per table (10 people) menu, which was:

        BBQ/cold cuts platter
        Seafood/bamboo pith soup
        Peking duck
        Chicken with salty fish fried rice
        Crab with ginger & scallion
        Calamari in shrimp paste
        Salt & pepper filet
        Crispy fried chicken
        Seafood pan fried noodle
        Taro with tapioca dessert soup
        http://www.zenpeninsula.com/banquet_m... (scroll about midway


        With tax and service charge, you're looking at about $250 per table ($25 pp). There was plenty of food (every table had leftovers), and the quality varied from decent to pretty good. Corkage is cheap to begin with, and when they asked us if we could finish and clear out by 3:30PM so they could prep for a big wedding banquet afterwards, they readily agreed to waive all corkage. Service is efficient (they do a lot of banquets).

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        1. re: Eugene Park
          phooi Dec 15, 2008 09:26 PM

          What do people think about doing a 1st birthday lunch at Il Fornaio or Kincaids for about 50-60 people (including kids)? Too formal, too much? Remember this is more for adults than for kids...

          1. re: phooi
            Eugene Park Dec 16, 2008 04:47 PM

            I looked at Kincaid's for my mom's bday dinner earlier this year. IIRC, even the cheapest of their set menus will definitely blow past your $40/person pricepoint.

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          sfwork Dec 13, 2008 03:37 PM

          not sure if you're planning a food party or a kids' party? if you're planning a kids' party, I highly recommend doing it at a kids' place like My Gym, Recess (in Potrero), Peekadoodle (Marina). if you're having a food party, you might consider doing a buffet-style lunch at a chinese restaurant. most restaurants that do this (almost all the Yeut Wahs in SF do them) set up a buffet table with noodles, fried chicken, veggies, salad, rice and charge by the number in your party. the guests can pretty much eat as much as they want and it's a very family friendly atmosphere. many chinese families celebrate a "red egg and ginger party" this way for infants at their one month mark.

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          1. re: sfwork
            phooi Dec 13, 2008 04:13 PM

            Thanks! We are planning a food party that will have families. We are currently looking at Hokkaido in San Mateo as an option. Any other thoughts?

            1. re: phooi
              janeh Dec 13, 2008 04:30 PM

              Whatever you do, be sure to include an extra little cake for your daughter to get her hands - and maybe face - into. That's part of the fun of turning one year old.

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