Rhode Island Monthly Occasions Spring/Summer 2014 : Page 5

SPE CIAL AD VER TISING SE C TION PLAN OF ATTACK: They’re convinced you don’t understand them, and heaven knows you’ll never be as cool as they are (do you even know what cool means?), but this isn’t Mission: Impossible. Whether it’s a sweet sixteen, a bar/bat mitzvah or an end-of-school party, there are a few keys to making teenagers happy: good music (you may disagree on what con-stitutes ‘good’ music, but let them take the lead on this one), great food and not babying them. Bring in a DJ to provide tunes and entertainment. Looking for another idea? Photo booths aren’t just for weddings: Encourage young party-goers to skip the selfies, grab a prop and step in front of the camera together. Once you get ’em in there, you’ll have a hard time getting them out. VENUES: Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, Wedding · Birthday · Anniversary Shower · graduation · Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Warwick, has sweet and stylishly appointed private dining spaces (way better than the family room in your basement). While upscale enough to accommodate a special occasion, the atmosphere is casual and chic enough to earn a nod of approval from the pickiest of teenagers. Best of all, because they host events of all kinds — from corporate meetings to rehearsal dinners and baby showers — Eleven Forty Nine’s stellar event coordinators can help you arrange all the details from selecting apps young men and women will actually eat, to con-cocting a signature nonalcoholic bever-age that’ll tie the whole menu together. See? You’re way cooler than they thought. Not your typical Courtyard Prime downtown location 3500 square feet of fl exible function space Onsite catering department with a dedicated Catering Manager COCKTAIL PARTY GOAL: To host a (relatively) short and sweet party with food to match (small yet savory bites, that is). Classic, chic and ever popular, a cocktail party encourages guests to mingle and unwind. PLAN OF ATTACK: Cocktail parties are typically shorter than your average din-ner party, but that doesn’t mean you can skimp on food. If you’re serving apps rather than dinner, offer guests a mix of hot and cold options. As for quantity, a good rule of thumb is to plan on being able to serve between six and eight bites per person per hour. If you’re hosting at The Downtown Providence Courtyard by Marriott 32 Exchange Terrace Providence, RI 02903 401 752-3002 www.courtyard.com/pvddt Downtown Providence RHODE ISLAND MONTHLY l APRIL 2014 89

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