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Finding Your Birthday Party Hall

Some Tips To Help When Choosing Your Birthday Party Hall

Mister Tall In Party Hall

I thought I’d write about some things to look out for when choosing a hall for your Child’s Birthday Party. Some of these are quite important, some might be a bit picky and some are just simple tips. Hopefully I have written something that you wouldn’t have normally thought about and they help to make your Birthday Party a Success.

 Size of The Hall

First consider how many children you are inviting and then look for a hall which will hold them (and their parents) comfortably. If your hall is too small, it could be a big problem. If your hall is too big, it’s not such a problem, just look for a way to partition it into smaller sections. For example, put a row of chairs across the hall to create an area for the children to play in.

The Floor

Okay, this might be trivial but have a look at the floor to see if it’s safe for children to slide on (it’s not just a boy thing!). If it’s an old wooden floor, there could be splinters. If the floor is carpeted, be aware that drinks might be spilt on it. And if it’s a polished floor, it will be slippery if wet.

Facilities

Is the kitchen attached, with access or a serving hatch to the hall? Does it have any cooking equipment (if you need it)? Is there a fridge? And is the kitchen shared? I have been to venues where two halls are served by the same kitchen, which isn’t ideal.

Obviously Toilets are a necessity, just make sure that they are child friendly and easily accessible.

Distractions or Potential Dangers

Without being overzealous with the Health & Safety aspect, look around the hall for things that children could hurt themselves on. Look out for stacks of chairs or tables and be sure that children cannot climb on them. Children loves stages, they love to get up and dance about them. But sometimes stages are used for storage and they are quite high. It’s better to make the stage out of bounds.

Many halls are used as Pre-Schools or Playgroups and so their equipment will be there. These obviously aren’t dangerous, but they are a big distraction. See if they can be covered or kept out of sight.

The final distraction could be what’s going on outside. If there are large windows and a park or pitch outside, look for curtains. You don’t really want people looking in!

Is It Clean?

Obvious really!

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When you look at the hall, find out where the power sockets are, check the light switches and make sure that the electricity is included. Okay, that sounds silly, but there are halls with coin meters.

Do look out for one of these…

Sound Limiter

These are Party Wreckers! They are called Sound Limiters and they have microphones, which measure the volume of sound in the hall. If the volume exceeds its pre-set limit – The power cuts out! Sometimes it can only be reset by the Caretaker. If the hall has one, try and find a different hall.

Accessibility

 Is there parking? I’ve mentioned this before here, so I won’t go on about it.

Is the hall upstairs and if so is there a lift? Don’t forget you’ll have a lot of stuff to bring in. Do you want to troop it up flights of stairs?

Are there any doors which will lock behind you? It’s better to find out before you get locked out!

And finally how do you get in to the hall? Does the Caretaker come along and unlock the hall? Or do you collect the key from their home? Or is the key under a brick, by the second flowerpot, next to the concrete frog? If the Caretaker unlocks it, ask them what time they will open up? Many will give you half an hour to set up and be very strict about it, some are quite relaxed and let you have more time. One thing that is important is that you get a contact number, so that you can call them if there is a problem.

So those were my suggestions. Hopefully there was something useful among them.

Remember wherever you hold your Children’s Birthday Party in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Dorset & West Sussex, Mister Tall can run your whole party for you.

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Is There A Space?

How Close Can You Get To Your Party Venue?

 

When choosing a venue for your Children’s Birthday Party, it is worth considering the venue’s parking situation. Believe it or not, there are a number of Halls and Community Centres which have limited parking or none at all outside the venue. Many City Centre venues have parking restrictions in their street, some allow parking for very short periods, others allow just unloading and there are even some where No Stopping is permitted! This isn’t just a City problem, there are Village Halls which do offer parking, but not close to the building itself!

So why is this a problem?

A lack of parking causes inconvenience to everyone involved with the party…

FOR YOU, THE HOST

It is most likely that you are going to bring in decorations for the Hall, you are going to carry in food and drink (including the cake) and you are definitely going to take your children in. If the nearest parking space is fifty yards down the road, these errands become chores. Especially if it starts to rain! If you have to park across the road from the Hall, you then need to make sure your children are safe crossing it.

In other words, because of a lack of parking, you have additional ‘Party Stress’!

FOR YOUR GUESTS

Sometimes the party venue is not within walking distance and therefore they will travel by car. A lack of parking spaces can result in your guests arriving late. I know of many areas in town where the nearest parking space will be streets away from the venue. Again this is a much greater problem in bad weather! It is possible that parents, who have experienced this before, will decide that they are not going to take their son or daughter to your child’s party because of it.

FOR THE ENTERTAINER

When you sign the Confirmation Contract, one of the Conditions you are agreeing to is that ‘Parking is made next to the venue’. This is not because I am a Diva! It is because I generally have a lot of equipment to bring in. This is valuable, not waterproof and is essential for me to do a good job for you. To unload at the venue and then go and find a space is not an option. This could mean that my equipment is unattended and at risk, but is most likely to mean that I would not be able to start the booking on time. If your guests have been going round and round looking for a space, so will I. Unfortunately, there are a few venues that I do not perform at because of the lack of parking spaces.

So when selecting the venue, choose one with allocated parking spaces. Ideally these spaces are fairly close to the entrance. There are some Halls which have a parking space right next to the door, but this space has a locked gate across it. If this is the case, ask the Caretaker for the gate to be unlocked.

Some will oblige, and unfortunately some will not. But it is worth asking.

If the venue has no spaces, then choose another location, you’ll be surprised how many different venues will be close by.

And you’ll be happier without the additional stress!

Home or Away?

Do You hold Your Child’s Birthday Party at Home or in a Hall?

Kids Party Clean Up

So you’ve decided that you are going to have a birthday party for your child, but where is the best place to hold it?

Are you happy for all of their friends to come into your home? Or is it better to book a large room or hall and let them run riot there?

Well, I hope I can make you aware of some of the pros and cons about both.

AT HOME

There are advantages with holding your children’s party at home.

Cost – It’s free!

Availability – You can have the party anytime you like!

Travel – You live there!

And you know exactly what it’s like.

You can arrange which rooms you are going to use and make as much space as you need. It’s possible (weather permitting) that you can make use of the garden as well.

One thing which is important to consider is, how many children are you inviting? If you are getting the whole class to come along, do you have the room for 30 or so children? If you haven’t, then you should keep a cap on the numbers. Invite best friends only, or only the girls, or only the boys.

If you do have room for that many children, be sure to clear the room which they will be using. Get the settees pushed back to the walls and move any valuable (or not so valuable) ornaments out of the way. Children do like to run around, so you really do need to make sure they have the space to do so.

Regardless of the number of children you have invited, be prepared for mess. Unfortunately there is a very high chance that someone will spill a drink, or drop a piece of chocolate cake. So if you have a lovely cream carpet in your living room, it’s best to keep that room out of bounds!

One more thing about having the party at home is to consider how the children will behave. A party is often the only time class friends meet up outside of school. So when they meet, they will act like they do at school. Imagine what children do at playtime, they run about, they play games, they play fight and sometimes actually fight. This is how they may behave in your home. Be prepared! Make sure that there is some structure that will keep them occupied. It might sound a bit OTT, but have a timetable in mind for how the party will go. Be flexible though, because sometimes what seems a great idea in your head doesn’t go so smoothly on the day!

The final thing is the cleaning up when they all go. Well to be honest, you are likely to have that whether you are at home or a hall. But the advantage of cleaning up at home is that you can take your time. There’s no pressure to ‘be out’.

IN A HALL

This could be a Village Hall, Community Centre, Scout Hut, Social Club or Church Hall. It is going to cost something to hire and is probably going to have time slots of availability. But the big advantage is space!

This is the most likely option when you are inviting the whole class. A good hall will have space for tables to be set up for when the children eat and still have plenty of room for them to play.

You may not have to travel too far to find a good venue. But an important thing to consider is parking. If the weather is bad and you are ferrying party food to and from your car, you don’t want to be miles away. Also, if it’s difficult for you to park, it’s going to be hard for your guests, which could make them late.

Something to look out for in your hall is a Sound Limiter. This is a ‘box’ which is fitted at one end of the room and it monitors the sound volume. If the sound gets too loud, it will cut out the electricity. These devices are fitted to stop loud music being a nuisance to the neighbours, but are sometimes set so sensitively that children can cause a cut out.

When you book your hall, be sure to get some form of confirmation and a contact telephone number. Many halls are run by volunteers and sometimes they are very good and sometimes they are… ur… a little bit too casual. I have experienced these casual caretakers at quite a few parties. On more than one occasion, they have been late opening up the venue. Instead of having half an hour to set up, the parents have only got into the hall five minutes before the party was due to start. This really does cause unnecessary stress. If you have a contact number and send them a reminder on the day before your party, you should avoid this.

Also when booking the venue, be sure that you do have enough time to set up the room how you want and pack away afterwards. I know of a venue in Portsmouth, that only allows fifteen minutes between bookings. That means one party has to clean away in seven and a half minutes and the other set up in the same time. Again, this is unnecessary stress.

To sum up, the advantage of a hall is that there is much more room and there is no chance that any of your stuff getting damaged!

Whether you decide on Home or Hall – The Amazing Mister Tall can provide the perfect party package!