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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!