*A meal was provided however, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy.
We have been planning a surprise Sweet 16 birthday party for my daughter that is going to be at the Spaghetti Warehouse Pittsburgh. Our planning expert and the General Manager Benze made the Sweet 16 Surprise Party nothing short of spectacular. The fact that we pulled the party off without letting the secret out was nothing short of a miracle because it is really hard not to spill the beans! We worked diligently to get the party setup and between trying to make calls while she has been home, and attempting to wrap favors while she paraded through the room we were working in, we were lucky to get it all done without her knowing! We have even had to make special ‘daddy and daughter’ time so I could get it all together! We created invitations while my daughter(who is notorious for escaping to her room for a few hours a night without a sighting) decided that night that she was not going to hang out in there. Instead my soon to be 16 year old ’needed’ to be up and down the steps 50 times. Finally, my one son sat on the steps pretending to not be feeling well and fake complain to me, saying he was “in pain” every time she was coming close to the steps. We managed to get all the invites mailed out and we are expecting 18 guests.
The Night of the Sweet 16 party has arrived, and we have been busy trying to pull together all the last minute details around my daughter being home, ugh!
As we walk into The Spaghetti Warehouse, I kind of got nervous wondering how we were going to be received or even mention who we were, but Benze was waiting for us at the hosting station, and said, real slick, “Party of 5?” Situation under control and the rest is wonderful Pasta and Meatball history. We walked through the bedroom sign and down the steps into our party room and here are the results! Have a look at the SURPRISE! Our daughter was fabulously surprised and our girls and family had a great night out with smiles, pasta, salad and plenty of bread!
OUR BACK STORY FOR GETTING OUR DAUGHTER TO THE PARTY AT SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE
My children all have birthdays closely aligned to one another in the summer, so after all is said and done, we generally go out for a family dinner. This year, as all the kids have entered double digits we decided to tell her that it was a ‘bigger deal’ than normal so the grandparents were going to come along. We highly encouraged our daughter to get a new dress because we were sick of seeing her old dresses and she was not really cooperative at first and then she decided that it would be a good thing! My mom took her out shoe shopping and I found the dress. After everyone was ready to go out for ‘their’ birthdays we packed up into the car and took off for what was going to be a night of surprise, excitement and tears! Spaghetti Warehouse hosts parties from a few to 500 so I knew we were in good hands.
PLANNING AND SHOPPING FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY
I did not just decide on Spaghetti Warehouse, it was shopped, planned and all came down to one thing, a person on the other end of the phone who actually cared, and that person would be Benze! I had called around and spoken to a few different restaurants, including Buca who I found to be extremely over-priced for a basic pasta dinner, actually double the price with less options and food for the money. Benze explained parties, menus and what they could do for us, briefly, politely and we booked our party, without any hesitation! He knew the menu forwards and backwards, offered options and did not pressure me, just asked if I wanted to book and I said, “YES!” Benze, Jamie, and their staff Eileen, and Kyle and many others that made our night seamlessly perfect were attentive and really made the girls and my family smile and have a great time all night long by just being super accommodating!
As a child, after going out with my parents we would often end up at the Spaghetti Warehouse sitting in the trolley car and eating tons of bread that was served on wood cutting boards with that delectable garlic butter and guess what last night we dined on the same delicious bread and butter! Loaf after loaf, the girls in my daughter’s party were pulling the loaves apart piece by piece and eating it as fast as it was placed on the table.
As an adult, my husband and I dined there frequently because we wanted a good pasta dinner and years later those great pasta dinners are still being delivered to your table. Take a look below at this dish of pasta marinara. Now, as my daughter turns 16, it is the perfect place to celebrate, friends, family and turning of age as the food is delicious and the service and hospitality are wonderful! The Spaghetti Warehouse offers a great family-friendly, Italian restaurant, with lots of menu choices that will appeal to everyone in your group!
My Daughter’s Party
We ordered the Red Trolley Line, which consists of meals of pasta with a choice of sauces, salad, bread and beverage, a very good meal at a very fair price of only $12 a person! You can find all the meal choices on the Spaghettie Warehouse banquet site! What I really have to say is that it is so much easier to let the party happen than to try to create the party and the price is so very ‘frugal’ that it actually becomes easier to take the party out of the house rather than bring it in! Our hosting staff was Eileen and Kyle. The girls and our family could not have been in better hands as they made sure the timing was perfect and that we would be done in time for pick up of each of the ladies in our party(by their parents). We had a few hours to eat, talk, and celebrate and our party rocked!
As a mom I was able to watch my daughter interact with her friends, enjoy the minute of SURPRISE and watch her react, welcome her into her new age and actually enjoy the party while the staff tended to the details of beverages, and food preparation. I sat down, relaxed, grabbed a glass or Merlot and chatted, took pictures and I got to watch my daughter— a true jeweled moment as a parent. Rather than worrying about getting the right picture snapped and barking out orders to my kids to help, I relaxed, and I could actually snap the right picture and get a few more just to be sure! Stress-free entertaining makes a party so much more fun and fun is what we indulged in at the Spaghetti Warehouse party! As an added surprise, there was a roaming balloon artist in the facility and this meant unexpected entertainment. Mike Cavataio, of JMS Balloons was in the house, the Spaghetti Warehouse that is and he twisted, tangled, and mused until he created the ultimate bouquet of balloon flowers for my 90 year old gramma that was with us! Take a look at this incredible work! All the girls requested balloon creations and he kept on working with the girls while the adults kept on talking, it was such an easy night!
As I began preparing this blog, I reviewed the party in my head, and today, as I get the last little sauce stain out of my son’s clothing, I can’t help but think, “pasta wishes and meatball dreams!” Thanks to the Spaghetti Warehouse for a Great Party!