One of the most common questions we get is, “Where should I host my party?” The answer may seem obvious, but there are actually many different factors that go into the perfect place. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Hosting the party at your house: Hosting your party at your house can be the best decision you ever make. Think about it this way; at your house you don’t have to pay to rent space, you don’t have a set timeframe, and you don’t have restrictions with vendors. You can use the extra money you save to add a bigger tent, upgrade your food, and use better vendors (photographer, DJ, etc). Also if you have lots of friends at your event, you never have to let the party stop since you don’t have a time range for your rental. You might be surprised how many Corporate Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays and Graduations we do at private residences.
Hosting the party at a public park: Public parks can be both economical and beautiful, but with some restrictions. For the most part, public parks are very reasonably priced. They are also frequently in quite beautiful locations such as on the ocean/lake, in the woods, or just a lush greenscape. And for Corporate parties, it is nice for families to be able to see their work friends and also have a place for their kids to play. There are some negatives to weigh though. One is that public parks can have many restrictions. Generally you have a set time. Most also do not allow for alcohol to be served (something a lot of private parties have). Also you typically can’t set up a tent wherever/whenever you like (you may need specific tents to be delivered at specific times which increase the cost of rental).
Hosting the party at a lower cost indoor venue. Lower cost indoor venues are places such as the Elks, Moose, and Knights of Columbus Lodges. These places will come at a cheap price, and include things such as the Tables, Linens, and other items you would normally have to rent. For the budget conscious they offer a great value. However there are some negatives. Typically they do not have as much outdoor space for guests to mingle on a nice day. They also almost always require that they do the bar, normally at inflated prices (how they make their money). But if these things don’t bother you, it can be a great way to save some money.
Hosting the party at a higher cost venue. Higher cost venues would be the Estates, Castles, Manors, and other more established venues. They will typically charge a large premium for rental (such as $5,000) but will offer many nice amenities. Most will include a coordinator who can help guide you in the direction of Caterers, rental places, and the like. They will also have a “WOW Factor” when guests see the beautiful site. Negatives can include things like the overall cost, the restrictions on vendors, and the added cost in labor for the many rules venues place on vendors. If the money isn’t an issue, and they allow the vendors you want, they can offer a truly magical party for both Private and Corporate clients.