A cafe party is a perfect party theme for a young teenager or for kids who want something a bit more grown up. And don't worry if you can't cook as readymade meals and takeaways will be just fine for this birthday party.
Write the invitation on a homemade menu or paint the details on mini chalk boards. Or how about writing them on fancy paper napkins and then placing them in a pretty napkin ring. Your invitations could go something like this:
Have the guests dress in a style appropriate to the sort of cafe/restaurant. So for example:
Decorate your cafe party according to the type of cafe or restaurant that you are setting up.
For a Pizza Parlor you could decorate with lots of funky colors and posters.
For a French Cafe you could have French flags and posters topped with French cafe style music or try this elegant and romantic Paris Damask theme.
You could even go so far as turning it into a murder mystery dinner party such as these games
It is nice sometimes to have a few activities for the guests to do especially if there is some time waiting for guests to arrive or food to be served. Here are a couple of popular cafe party activities:
Give each guest a large plain colored napkin and lots of fabric paints. Have fun making their own personalized napkin.
Buy plain wooden napkin rings and have the kids decorate them with stickers and marker pens.
Blindfold the kids and give them a food item to taste. They get a point for guessing what it is. The person with the most points wins
Have the kids guess the ingredients of certain appetizers and from what country they come.
Show the kids a shopping list with at least 20 ingredients on it. Let them study it for 3 minutes then take it away. See who can remember the most items.
Give the kids a variety of ready prepared foods such as raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, crackers and cheese cubes etc. Each kid or team has to create a perfect platter. Give prizes for categories such as "pretties, scariest, funniest, and imaginative" and so on.
In advance show the guests how to fold a serviette into a particular shape. Then see if they can do it by themselves.
Create a menu and then for each item, muddle up the letters. See who can be the first to 'un-muddle' it.
Table Treasure Hunt
Give the kids a list of items that they need to find in order to lay their restaurant table. Have them rush round the house or garden to find the items and then they need to lay their table. Once done they need to sit down and ring a bell (one of the items). First one to finish and to do it correctly wins.
The cafe party food you serve will obviously be dictated by your restaurant or cafe theme. How about:
If it is a group of young teens, there is no need to go overboard with favors and plus they are a bit more choosy of what they like and don't like. If you want to give a couple of small items then these are good options:
Having a kid's birthday party at a cafe can be a lot of fun. Let the birthday child give you ideas as to what they think would be awesome to have at the party and go with that idea.