Everyone loves a party, right? Not everyone loves planning one, however, or cleaning the mess that’s left behind. A popular solution is to let a restaurant play host, so consider the following tips as celebration education.
To avoid post-meal confusion, let your server know how the bill should be handled before ordering, and guests who choose to pay separately should kindly do so in cash to expedite the process. On this note, those who are paying separately should avoid engaging in musical chairs throughout the night. As nice as it would be to spend an equal amount of quality time with everybody present, you might end up being charged for something you didn’t eat. Stay in your seats and mingle.
Parties can mean presents and balloons, and these translate into a big mess for the restaurant. While some of the larger establishments can handle the extra tasks of sweeping up confetti and latex shards, smaller spots can’t. Space is limited, and so is time. If you must show your love through objects, please bring a bag or box to clean-up discarded gift-wrap and the like.
Parents and caregivers, if there are young children present, please don’t use the menu as a vehicle for their voice—order for them.
Lastly, birthdays and anniversaries are special occasions, but everyone gets older and couples worldwide celebrate when they manage to eke out another year together. Neither instance entitles anyone to special treatment, minimal wait times, or guaranteed reservations. Plan ahead—you have 364 days notice, after all. –Gerardo Diaz
Gerardo Diaz is Toronto’s gayest server, or so he says. He has over a decade of experience working in some of the city’s busiest restaurants.