March 1, 2013

Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons/Showers, and other Celebrations!!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:59 am by JBEvents

Let’s face it, Atlanta has a TON of amazing restaurants and venues for Private Events!  While having options is a great thing – it can also be confusing – so this blog post will focus on a few of my favorite restaurants that would be PERFECT for Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons/Showers, Guy’s Night Out, Birthday or Anniversary Party’s as well as any other special occasions!!

My recommendations are based on factors such as quality of food and service, atmosphere, ability to accommodate various sized groups, ease of access and flexibility of the venue on menu as well as other details.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Phipps Plaza


Davio’s Atlanta is located in the heart of Buckhead, Atlanta’s hot spot for the best shopping and the finest dining.

The restaurant offers a large display kitchen, an in-house bakery, vibrant bar, and lounge and outdoor patio complete with soft seating and fire pits.

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As a Northern Italian Steakhouse their menu includes – Aged New York Strip Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Porterhouse and Veal Chop. The menu also includes well known classic Davio’s recipes such as Tagliatelle Bolognese, Crispy Chicken Livers, Homemade Sausages, Veal Scaloppini and an amazing assortment of Davio’s Spring Rolls that are some of the most delicious tasty morsels around.


If seafood is more of what you desire, they offer a wide selection of fresh seafood dishes to include Organic Salmon, Tuna and Lobster.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, you will find a large variety of desserts, each made in-house daily to even  include house-made gourmet ice cream.


The wine list contains Italian varieties as well as American and other regions around the world.  They also offer a full bar if wine is not your thing!


Davio’s offers Private and Semi-Private Dining areas that can accommodate from 10 to 300 guests.  They have rooms that are cozy enough for smaller celebrations as well as being able to combine them in order to accommodate more guests.  

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Livingston Restaurant + Bar at the Georgian Terrace Hotel

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Livingston Restaurant + Bar features several vibrant entertaining spaces perfect for an engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, or post-wedding brunch. The Private Dining Room boasts spectacular views of the fabulous Fox Theatre & accommodates 20 seated and 35 cocktail. The Mezzanine overlooks the bustling dining room below creating a celebratory atmosphere that accommodates up to 60 seated & 120 cocktail. Livingston Restaurant is also available for a private buy-out to accommodate a seated dinner of up to 100 guests with plenty of room for mingling prior to dinner in the mezzanine. If you wish to go all-out and celebrate in style with exclusive use of the restaurant and bar and lounge they can accommodate parties of up to 180-200 with a buffet style reception.

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Guests will enjoy Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson’s innovative local cuisine featuring plated brunch menus starting at $25 & dinner menus start at $38. They also provide customized buffet and passed hors d’oeuvre packages starting at $60 that are ideal for entertaining larger parties. Please note pricing does not include 20% gratuity or tax.

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Baraonda Caffe Italiano

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Baraonda private dining rooms are reminiscent of an old Tuscan home with its soft pastel walls, dark paneling and domed ceilings which are accentuated with beautiful central crystal and gothic chandeliers. The Tuscan room holds up to 50 people seated and up to 70 people for a cocktail reception.  The wineroom however, holds up to 80 people seated and up to 120 people for cocktail reception.

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The meals are served Family Style and the price point is quite reasonable.  How about Tiramisu or Cheesecake for dessert?  In addition to those options, other desserts are also available.  

Baraonda offers a rather extensive wine list as well as a full bar!

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Gordon Biersch

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Inspired by the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, the Gordon Biersch experience rests upon the foundations of purity, simplicity and precision. This philosophy is most recognizable in their selection of authentic German lagers, each crafted on-site using only malted barley, hops, yeast and pure, filtered water. This same dedication extends to their kitchen, where the chefs create fresh dishes that perfectly balance comfort and excitement.

With two locations in the Atlanta area {Midtown and Buckhead} Gordon Biersch is an excellent option for any Private Event.   They will customize a menu and package to suit your tastes and budget.  They will be happy to accommodate special vegetarian or dietary needs.

You and your guests will enjoy being able to taste the beers crafted on-site giving you a truly unique experience while also enjoying delicious food and desserts!!!

Gordon Biersch ~ Midtown

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Private Dining Room seats 60
Room has a 60 inch HDTV for slideshows and presentations
Microphone and speaker system
Opens up to a private loft with 3 billiards tables, 3 HDTV’s views of the brewery, and private bar
Private Dining Room and Loft will do 120 receptions style events
Gordon Biersch ~ Buckhead
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Private Dining Room seats 60
Room has a 60 inch HDTV for slideshows and presentations
Microphone and speaker system
Opens up to our billiards room with 4 billiards tables and 6 HDTV’s
Private Dining Room and Billiards will do 150 guests for a reception
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At Maggiano’s, their belief is that every guest deserves to enjoy fresh, made-from-scratch food served in abundance. 

For Private Events, the meal is served “Family Style”.  This method is conducive to bringing families together whether it’s for the first time, or it’s a familiar occasion.  It creates a much more intimate environment which results in the evening becoming an experience and not just a meal.

There are a variety of menus to select from at various price-points allowing you to offer your guests an amazing meal.  They also have a wonderful wine list as well as a full bar.  

Great food + great prices = A Fabulous Event

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Each of the Atlanta area Maggiano’s offer Private and Semi-Private rooms for smaller intimate groups of 20 up to large events for 200+.  

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Are you hungry yet?  Any of these restaurants would be an excellent option for your next special occasion.  We would be delighted to assist in making arrangements for your celebration and can guarantee that with any of these restaurants combined with our service, your event will be delicious and flawless.  Contact us for information!!


March 22, 2011

Celebration Ideas

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:25 pm by JBEvents


For quite some time, I’ve been throwing ideas around in my head about writing an article on unique themes for celebrations and finally with a little help from W Hotels ~ Buckhead , the ideas have finally been put to paper.

Whether you are planning a Birthday Party, Mitzvah, Groomsmen Grunch, Rehearsal Dinner, Couple’s Engagement, or Post-event After-Party – there are so many fun options. While some people decide to go to places like Dave and Buster’s or Andretti Racing – how about having your OWN Arcade. Your imagination can be your guide to determine what activities you want to include, but to give a few ideas of some favorite games consider some of these.


Air Hockey

Wii Bowling

Video Car Racing

HUGE Chess

Original or Ms Pac Man


Or how about:

Basketball Toss


Dunk Tank

Wii Dance Revolution

Casino games

Even actual carnival rides are available to rent for a party.

Many times my clients will want something to do after their event for those that are just not ready for the party to end – so how about renting a meeting room or another function room at a hotel and have these games and activities brought in. Your guests will have so much fun just letting loose and playing. But in this situation – it’s your own private Gaming Room so you don’t have to worry about tons of other people being around. Who doesn’t like to play games and have fun….especially as adults when so much of our time is spent being professional.

In a wedding situation, this would be an excellent idea for an addition to the Rehearsal Dinner or Post-Rehearsal Dinner activity – and if using a space at the hotel where your guest room block is, makes it very convenient for your guests.

For a Mitzvah, since keeping the kids busy is the key to a successful event, why not have an Arcade Theme event. Instead of taking the party to one of the big complexes where it is sometimes difficult to keep up with everyone – having your own Arcade is the solution.

I’ve been lucky to be the guest at several Arcade themed events, and to watch all of the other adults lose their inhibitions and play like a kid – truly enjoying him or herself is something to behold.

So now you have an idea about games – what about the food? Well, keep in mind things that are easy to grab and eat – like sliders, or a Taco Bar. How about a Hot Dog Stand complete with all the trimmings? Pretzels and popcorn anyone? And if you are up for the true carnival spirit, how about Cotton Candy? The ideas are limitless.


Specialty drinks for the occasion would be another nice touch or keep it super simple with Beer and Wine or for a kid’s party, soft drinks and juices. But to add another fun element, how about a custom smoothie station or a snow cone stand. 


Let’s talk a little about a Groomsman Grunch. Since Bridesmaids have their Bridesmaid Luncheon – why not a special event for the guys? Think Sports Bar for the food idea — wings, burgers, etc., and beer or scotch tasting for another special idea. Many restaurants will offer this type of event – perhaps in a private room – but this can also be done in a host hotel utilizing a small meeting room. Large TV’s could be brought in so that the guys can watch their favorite sports while enjoying the friendship and yummy food. One super cool place that works great for a Guys’ party is STATS  in Downtown Atlanta. Of course, being a sports bar, the atmosphere is already present with TV’s all around – but there are also a few areas within the Restaurant that offer a semi to completely private event.

A very common type of event for couples these days is either an Engagement Party or a Couples Shower. What better way to get the guys excited about the party than have fun, arcade type activities for them to busy themselves with. But don’t think those ladies won’t take a turn or two at the fun games, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some light-hearted competition ensues.

The possibilities are endless, so if you are ready to plan your next Party and want to include the Arcade theme – let us know and we will hook you up with the best vendors to provide you the fun games and activities that your guests will appreciate and will truly say that YOUR event was the best one they have ever been to.

Atlanta has several companies that specialize in providing Arcade type equipment. Some of my favorites are: 
CCP Events
Burgess Amusements 
Amusement Masters 
So when you are ready to plan that next Arcade themed event, contact us and we will be sure to make it flawless!!  

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