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Help me throw a really fun party

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I just posted this in Manhattan as well....

We won't be able to invite as many people to our wedding as my fiance and I would like. To expand the celebration we want to host a party few months later, probably cocktail style.

Here's the ideal breakdown:
Guest list: 50 people (more if by some miracle I can afford it); Adults only
Place: Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn
Time: Weekend definitely, ideally Saturday evening
Drink: Open or semi open bar; unless I can find a place that will let me bring in my own cases of wine
Food: Open to suggestion, as long as it can be eaten at a standing reception.
Music: Ipod hookup and room for dancing a must
Budget: $5,000 plus tax etc...

I know this is a tall order on my budget, especially for a Saturday night in the city. It has to be a weekend because of traveling and people's work schedules. And it must be super fun and welcoming for my guests!!! Everything else is negotiable.

It will be around my 30th birthday, so will costs be more reasonable if I can market it as that? Is it simply impossible on my budget? I'm open to all kinds of venues.

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  1. $5,000 is a decent budget for 50 people, but not in a restaurant. I would rent a space and have it catered. Check with the renter and you can possibly bring in your own wine and liquor.

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    1. re: Sluggo1407

      I've known a lot of people on a budget who've thrown their wedding parties (as opposed to receptions) at Rebar in dumbo.

      As for event spaces, check out the Green Building or the Lazy Dog gallery.