Some Tips To Help When Choosing Your Birthday 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.
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.
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?
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…
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.
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.