No matter what the special occasion is, bringing the party into your home can make it feel cosy and inviting, allowing you and your guests to enjoy home comforts while embarrassing the kids with your ‘cool’ dance moves. Turning your home into a temporary party venue is actually a lot easier than you might think. Whether you’re having a summer wedding or holding a special birthday in the winter, there are many ways you can transform your home appropriately. Having a party at home is perfect for many reasons, and here are just a few of our pros and cons to consider before getting the party started.
Hosting A Party At Home: The Pro’s & Con’s
First thing is first, you must take the size of your home into consideration, as this will have a big impact on how you decorate, whether the space will feel too cramped, or even if there is enough parking for your guests. Taking all of these things into consideration will allow you to determine whether having a party at home is the best idea or whether hiring out a venue, might be a more plausible solution.
There are many pro’s and con’s to bringing the party to your place, all of which completely depends on the number of guests you have and how big you want the party to be. For example, if you want to have a bouncy castle, loads of balloons and a band, then you might find that your home is a little bit inconvenient. To help you decide whether you want to continue with your plans and have a party at home, or book in a venue for your special occasion, here are things that you need to consider:
- Planning The Music
- Damage Risks
Taking Back Control
Let’s face it, it’s very rare that a party will always go to plan. From the cake falling on the floor to the accidentally releasing the balloons on your way from the car to party, you’re bound to bump into one problem or another. However, when you have a party in your own home, you are less restricted when it comes to setting up and planning. When planning a party at a venue, you often find that you have to book things in advance in the hopes that it all turns up on time. Whereas, parties at home allow you to store all of the decorations, drinks and food within your property to bring out early in the morning ready for your special occasion.
However, when you arrange plans with a reputable and reliable entertainment company, such as Harry & Edge, you can be sure that your party plans turn up on time, to give you peace of mind and hassle-free experience. This is ideal for those that are planning a special occasion such as a wedding and would like to make sure that there are entertainment features within the party for your guests to enjoy.
Let’s Get The Music Started
A party doesn’t start until the DJ or band start playing those well-known tunes that get every one of those chairs and onto the dance floor. The good thing about having your party at home is that you don’t have to worry about what the DJ plays, as you can play your own music. Set up a playlist before the party, including everyone’s favourite songs, for a cost-effective solution.
However, it may be a little hard to include a five-man band or a DJ’s equipment in your living room. Whereas, if you have a venue planned, then you can easily place your music entertainment in a designated location. This is the ideal option for those that fancy a live band, say a wedding, during the winter; this is because it allows you and your guests to stay nice and cosy while watching your band perform.
A Party On A Budget
When planning your party, you probably have a budget in mind to make sure that you can fit in all of those little elements such as paper plates, as well as the cost of bigger features such as the venue or caterers. By having your party at home, you can save costs on venues and the extra decorations needed to make a somewhat bare looking hall look exciting and glamorous.
Although you may be saving costs on the venue, there isn’t much else you can save money on when it comes to having a party at home. In fact, you may even find that more costs rack up that you didn’t expect. For example, if you have the disco lights flashing and the music playing all night, you may not factor it in, but this will increase your month’s energy bill. Also, some venues actually provide decorations for you, meaning that you don’t have to spend money on designing your party as professional party planners can do all of those tedious tasks for you. Easy Wedding has examples of a range of exceptionally beautiful venues for the perfect wedding that need little decorations due to their picturesque setting.
The Perfect Decorations
Personalising a party and going out to get all of the decorations to create your dream setting is all part of the fun. Whether you have a venue or are planning to have your party at home, there are many ways you can decorate to set the mood for you and your guests. Depending on how far you want to go with your decorations will probably have an impact on where you have your party.
If you are planning on having a massive winter wonderland, with ice sculptures and a fairytale castle, then you may need a little more space depending on the size of your home. However, if you are thinking of have a small party with a few balloons and maybe some banners, then you can easily accomplish this in the comfort of your own home. If you’re working with an extra tight budget, then you can even try out some of this fun Country Living DIY birthday decorations.
When planning your decorations, you also need to think about timing and how long you might need to set them up. When decorating the home, you have all day, even all week, to set up as many decorations as you want. However, when using a venue, in most cases you only have a small amount of time before the party begins to set up, and you probably have a time that you’ll be asked to leave.
Regardless of whether you are having a gathering in the garden of a full on disco in a planned venue, Harry & Edge have a whole host of party entertainment to help you bring your evening to life. From candy floss machines and a chocolate fountain to a car simulator, you can create a perfect and memorable party for all of your guests. Why not capture the moment with our photo booth hire in London, where you can choose from our range of mirror booths and personalised printing options. So, if you’re looking for a photo booth in London, feel free to contact the Harry & Edge team today.
The After Party
One of the more serious risks that you take when planning a party at home is that you have the risk of damage to your property. A very common accident such as a spilt glass of red wine, accidental damage to artwork or furniture could all potentially lead to the expense of replacing damaged items. Unless you cover the contents of your home with plastic sheeting, you are not going to be able to protect it from these misfortunate incidents. We suggest that if there are a lot of items in your home of high sentimental value to you and your family, then avoid hosting a party at home.
Let’s Get Planning
Planning a party can be a strenuous and daunting task when trying to make sure that everything is perfect, and nothing gets forgotten. Unfortunately, we’re all human and can make some errors along the way that means we forget something or other. However, just remember that your guests are here for you, not all the decorations, food and drinks, so it’s ok to forget a few things. We would suggest that you make a thorough plan for your party before you choose the venue, whether it be in a chosen hall or your home. Make sure to think about the following things:
- The Theme
- Number of Guests
- Are Your Guests Kids or Adults?
Once you have thought about these things, you can gather a better understanding of where you will be hosting your party. When you have chosen your venue, its time to make a checklist to ensure that you have all of the things you need – minimising the risk of forgetting something! We would recommend making a few lists, one that has everything from food and drinks to decorations and invitations, and then separate lists for the party food etc. Party 411 has a detailed checklist that you can follow as a guide for your party plan.
It’s Time To Party
Once you have done all of the planning for your party, it’s time to enjoy the company of your guests and make some memories. By planning every small detail, you can easily decide where your party will be held, and minimise any unwanted after-party mess or tight squeezes. If you need help in making sure that your party has only the best of the best when it comes to the entertainment, feel free to contact the team for more information about our range of run services, such as photo booth hire or light-up decorations.