I'm arranging a surprise 60th party for my mum in August. There are going to be about 30 people coming, while I want to get them all in a room with food and wine, I'm not sure if I can afford it.
I was initially looking at getting a function room in a hotel, but I checked the Crowne Plaza by the Blanchardstown Centre and the Carlton in Tyrrelstown and it's €100 for a room, which is grand, but then approx €20 per person for a fairly basic meal, and they won't allow outside catering in which could work out much cheaper. I'd love to have the meal paid for, but that's €700 which is just too much for me.
So, I was thinking about a restaurant where people can order what they want and pay for it (although I'd bring in the wine). But my mum hates crowds so I'd need somewhere that I can book a room for 30 people with nobody else in there other than our party.
The other alternative is booking a small function room and bringing in outside catering. I'd be happy to do that as long as there would be a good choice of food and it cost no more than €400. I don't know if that's feasible though - would €400 cover a room and food?
If anyone has any ideas or experience, I would be very grateful!!