When hosting a children's birthday party, there are 3 main venues you can have the party at. Each has its advantages and disadvantages:
Specific Party Venue:
A specific party venues can include bowling alleys, children's run-around play centres etc.
Holding parties at these types of venues can be good as they will usually run everything for you, which means there is nothing for you to worry about. They have also done these parties many times before so they know exactly what they are doing and will stick to a schedule which helps with your planning.
The negatives with hosting a party at such a venue, is that there is not much freedom, they will only have their set parties which they can offer. These parties can also be expensive to run, usually starting from between £10-20 a head depending on the type of party.
A Local Hall:
A local hall can be a fantastic option if your are running the party yourself, or hiring an entertainer. Having it in a hall means there will be plenty of room for children to run around and for the games/activities. Also there will be enough chair's, tables and kitchen space for the party food too.
The negatives of hiring a hall is that you will have to pay for the venue, this is usually fairly inexpensive, but cost can vary greatly. The other negative is that you will have to travel to the venue early on the day, to decorate the hall, and set any equipment up.
Hosting a party at home can be convenient as you can get all the decorations set up the day before. It also means you don't have to travel anywhere so there is no chance of being late, or pushed for time. There is no venue cost to hosting it at home, which is another advantage.
The negatives are, that there will be lots of children running around, so things can get broken. Also, there will usually not be as much room for playing games compared to a hall.
Hosting a party at home is best for summer parties, which can be done outside in your garden, giving plenty more room for activities and for children to run around.
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Jared Gale - Owner and Magician at Kids Illusions!