That is the question.
There are many factors that go into deciding what is best for your next shin dig. Personally, I love planning parties to take place at our home because I’m somewhat of a control freak. Who knew? But that’s not always best for everyone. Perhaps when the kids get older, I’ll start looking to expand our party location repretoire but for now, while they’re young, I’ll keep plugging away here.
In the meantime, here are just 5 questions you should ask yourself before getting those invitations printed with the party location:
1. How many guests will you have? This is a big one. A party of 30 kids at a Bounce House can probably cost twice as much than if you rented an inflatable bounce house to come to your place. A party of 5 kids is a different story.
2. Budget. Weigh your options and see what’s cheapest in your area: party rentals or reservations. You might be surprised which costs more!
3. Control. Do you want complete control over decor, food and length of party? Have it at your house. But if those sort of things don’t get your feathers ruffled, go ahead and rent a space. You can still personalize your party with details such as invitations and personalized favor bags.
4. Clean up. This is the one area in which I despise, cleaning up after a party. That is the one advantage of having the party elsewhere: having a staff to do it for you. However, you can always hire someone to come to your house and clean up afterwards. I might have to budget that in next time.
5. Inside vs. outside. Planning a party for 50 people in your backyard in the middle of May? What if it rains, will they all fit in your house? Trust me, speaking from experience you do not want to be caught in this pickle. So if they all will not fit, look to rent a space indoors to make sure everyone is comfortable and has enough elbow room.
Have you planned a party at home and at a venue? Which did you prefer? Leave a comment below and share with us!