We held my mom's 90th birthday celebration at the Smithville Inn with a luncheon buffet in the Absegami Room with a view of the lake, last Saturday, Aug. 17th. First of all, planning the party over the phone with Heather, the events coordinator, was easy and straightforward. Heather was efficient, friendly, and thorough, even though we communicated just a few times over the phone. When I finally made it there in person just a few days before the party, Heather took the time to show me the room, the layout of the tables, and where everything was going to be set up. We also needed a Mediterranean hors d'oeuvres display station, a beverage station for wines and soda, a gifts table, a table for place cards, an area for the DJ, a photobooth and sign-in book table, as well as a microphone and screen for the slideshow. Heather accommodated all these without even a moment's hesitation. She also let me taste the wines I had chosen just to make sure they were to my liking, and they tasted great. I was originally concerned about the buffet because the food would be cooking for an extended period of time, but everything was wonderful. The tilapia francaise was the best. The London broil was tender, and the chicken marsala was delicious. The fusilli pasta with grilled vegetables was a wonderful choice, especially for possible vegetarian guests. There were also roasted potatoes and sauteed green beans, as well as a mixed green salad. Everything was delicious and cooked just right. The wines were good, and the champagne for the toast was fine. We also ordered a special celebration cake in addition to the buffet dessert spread, which consisted of cookies, brownies, chocolate-covered pretzels, and some sliced carrot cake. The Smithville Inn provided the celebration cake via the Smithville Bakery, and it was delicious and decorated just as I requested. Complimentary iced tea, hot coffee and tea were also provided. One disaster was averted when my husband accidentally broke one of the vases of flowers just before the party started, so we were short a table arrangement. The maître d' was kind enough to scour the inn for a vase that was perfectly suitable, and he found one that was the exact height of the other vases. We were able to put together the table arrangement, and he saved the day! With so many things going on during an event, it was great to know that the staff at the Smithville Inn was so accommodating, attentive, efficient, friendly, and just wonderful to work with. We have been frequent guests at the Smithville Inn for their wonderful Sunday Brunch, and our family had held a bridal shower and a 50th birthday party there in the past, so we are familiar with the high caliber of food and service that the Smithville Inn provides. However, we still looked into other venues for this momentous occasion. We decided on the Smithville Inn, and after the party, my whole family was so glad, and we all agreed that the Smithville Inn was the perfect venue for our mom's 90th birthday celebration. A big thank you to the staff at The Historic Smithville Inn for our very successful party!
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