Party planning requires a lot of time and effort. And choosing from myriads of kids party venues will possibly consume more time than expected. The reason being is that the venue you choose can drastically impact the whole party vibe and every single line item on your planning list.
While the majority of people throw home parties, they do not even realize the range of other options available to them. Sometimes hosting a party at home can become an enormous hurdle while an offsite venue can take the weight off your shoulders.
When selecting a venue, the first thing you should consider is your baby’s comfort and security. The second thing is the needs of your guests and, and, of course, don’t forget that you too have the right to enjoy the party.
This comprehensive guide on how to choose from kids party venues answers some of your most pressing questions on party organization:
Should I hold the party at home or outside?
Home based events are by far the most often held parties. It is a general understanding that home parties are easier to organize and are more comfortable for a baby. This is a common misconception, that is hard to change. Let’s take a look at pros and cons of the home based party to make a weighted decision:
The pros of holding a party at home
- If the party gets too overwhelming for your kid, it is easier to get her to bed
- It becomes easier to control what the kids are doing if they are contained in one or two rooms of the house
- The cost of holding a party at home it usually less than having it outside
- You can host your guests as long as you wish and guests from out of town will greatly appreciate the option of staying overnight
The cons of holding a party at home:
- You will have to do all the party cleaning yourself
- Your baby might get upset seeing so many guests in her own territory, playing with her toys
- When there are so many children around, things get messy and some of your furniture pieces might experience irreversible damage
What are my options apart from home?
There are many kids party locations out there. Here some of them to consider:
- Outdoor yard or a park.
Fresh air, sunlit benches, and tree leaves falling on the ground – what could be a better party experience than a picnic in the park! With an outdoor party venue, you get more room for active party games, but the organizational and transportation hurdles can get a bit complicated. Also, unless you are hosting a barbecue party, the choice of warm food will be limited.
- Restaurant or cafe.
A lot of restaurants have dedicated party areas. Some don’t have those but can be booked nevertheless. This might be the priciest option, but it does ensure a great food menu, that your guests will love.
- Playspaces and indoor playgrounds
Usually, play spaces offer a party package with everything included in the price. They provide different party themes for you to choose from, kids and adult menu, varied entertainment and professional staff ready to take care of everything.
- Community hall areas
These venues offer inexpensive rates for a room rent. They might not have some important things such as a changing room for a baby or a kitchen, but they are a great indoor option not far from home.
What additional things should I consider?
The most important things that come forth when considering between different party venue options are costs and comfort. But there are other things to keep in mind as well. Here, we are dissecting the most important metrics:
- Venue size
The party room should fit all the guests and have a separate play area. Of course, the bigger the better, especially if you are planning for some physical activities, but keep in mind that the size will affect your budget.
- Decorations and themes options
The proper party venue should have several party themes to choose from. Check which decorations are included into each theme and whether they offer the theme you want. If you are hosting a party at home, your decoration options are endless. You can even turn room decoration time into a party itself.
- The party package and entertainment
Usually, the party package is restricted to a certain number of guests. See if you can invite additional guests and check the price per guest. If there are entertainment options included, get acquainted with the list of games and activities beforehand.
Kids can become capricious with food. Luckily, party venues specifically catered to kids’ needs, have the kids menu. You want to understand the types of food offered and whether adult food is available.
- Professional help
The outside party won’t be any different from a home party if you had not had the professional help available. The party venue staff can supervise the kids and make sure everyone is given the right amount of attention.
- The atmosphere
Some kids party places were built for holding numerous parties, but they fail to deliver. Others were opened with amazing fun kids experiences in mind and their staff is dedicated to that philosophy. Visit the party place before you book it, look around and spend some time there. The atmosphere of a place is hard to measure but on a deep, emotional level you will feel if the place is good for your kid.
- Venue knowledge and experience
Before you make the final decision, see what other events have been hosted at the venue, look through pictures and websites, ask for recommendations. You can also speak to the staff to check their expertise and level of service. For more peace of mind, after you book the package, talk through the list of items included in the party package, discuss all the details and understand the scope of work that the staff is going to take on.
Struggling to make a decision?
Some kids are the happiest at home. Within the familiar walls, everything seems fun, exciting and perfectly safe. If you are sure to expect tantrums from your kid in an unfamiliar environment, then it makes a perfect sense to hold the party at home. However, you need to keep in mind that a birthday party is a special occasion. It marks an important threshold in your baby’s life and you would not want the party to be plain boring. In this case, an outside venue can be a great alternative.
When choosing from myriads of places to have a kids party consider the options available and don’t restrict yourself to home only. It is only natural to pick the easiest option, but it does not mean that it is the right option.