Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Where do you take a 16-year-old girl for her birthday?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 5:12 PM

No Dad, Chuck E. Cheese simply won't do this year ...
  • No Dad, Chuck E. Cheese simply won't do this year ...


Yes, Fat City readers, someone -- Mike in Prairie Village -- sent an e-mail asking me where a large group of adults could take a teenager and two of her friends for a "Sweet Sixteen" dinner gathering -- this Sunday.

I can tell you that if I were desperately looking for the answer to this question, the last person I might ask would be me. I wasn't even around for my own younger sister's "Sweet Sixteen" party (and she's never forgiven me, either), and it's not like I sit around and watch the Disney Channel for creative inspiration ... or anything else.

Fat City's Twitter followers made a couple of suggestions (one proposed Brio! on the Country Club Plaza; the folks at the Drop Bar suggested non-alcoholic drinks and bruschetta at, unsurprisingly, the Drop Bar). One of my co-workers suggested taking the teens to a salon or spa -- is there one open on Sunday? -- where they could make facial masques out of organic strawberries or cucumbers. That might be fun for the three teenage girls in the group, but less alluring to the 29 adults in the party who might be more interested in a strawberry daiquiri than a facial. Another co-worker came up with the idea of Dave & Busters, the combination restaurant and carnival-style arcade in the Legends complex.

My ideas leaned toward the semi-exotic: Sunday brunch at Cinzetti's Italian Market (at $14.95 per person, it's certainly affordable and there's an impressive variety of dishes); Sunday breakfast at Cascone's Grill or the opportunity to break some china at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant. (I was very adept at breaking dishes as a teenager: I was a clumsy busboy!)

But I'm thinking that Fat City readers will offer up much better suggestions than I can. Feel free to post them in our Comment section.


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