4 Great Tips for Finding the Perfect Birthday Party Venue
If your birthday is coming up and you want to impress with a party, then it’s time to start planning now. Party planning takes time, and at the end of the day, you don’t want to leave the details to settling for just any theme, decor, cake or venue. Planning the perfect birthday party starts with deciding on a venue. How many birthday parties fall flat because the venue wasn’t a success? In our experience, most of them!
Read on to get these four fabulous tips for finding and securing your perfect birthday party venue.
1. Remember to Negotiate
If there is one rule you should remember as you are searching for your perfect birthday party venue it’s that everything is negotiable–and that starts with the venue for your party! Many venues won’t tell you over the phone what their prices are, so you really need to go meet in person to learn about what you’ll get at each venue and to begin your price negotiations. The overpriced venue is not your perfect one. But, the overpriced venue that cuts you a deal could be. So don’t be afraid to ask for a better deal than the first offer.
2. Consider Space
The scale of the venue is going to be really important for your birthday party and will determine the feel you are going for. If you’re only inviting 20 people, then you can’t work in a space for 100–unless the venue can trim the space with tables, chairs, furniture and curtains. This all is possible, but it may cost you extra to pull it off. So before you start looking at places, get a sense for how big your party is going to be and the kinds of activities that you’ll be doing. Is this a dinner party birthday event? Will there be dancing? Do you need an indoor-outdoor space to move into different parts of your birthday party programming? Consider all of these questions with your party planner.
3. Choose a Theme
We’re big fans of birthday party themes because it gives your guests an excuse to be imaginative, have fun and sometimes, even dress up. You’ll want to think about how your venue will help support your theme. For example, if you’re thinking of throwing an outdoor garden party, you’ll want a lush, green space with lots of flowers. If you’re wanting more of a disco theme, then you’ll want to make sure your venue is equipped with strobe lighting and good audio. Do your research at each of the venues to make sure they are equipped to further your theme and help you carry it out!
4. Don’t Forget the Cake
A really great venue will have the ability to provide on-site catering–and that means your birthday party cake. You can’t go without cake at your party, so when you are meeting with potential venues, ask if they can provide on-site catering services. Make sure you set up a tasting so that you actually approve of the food. Nothing is worse than having a beautiful space for your party and the perfect theme but then serve your guests sub-par food and cake. With a little research, you can find a venue that provides it all. Just have patience with the process and see where it leads you. You should get what you want at this party — it is all about celebrating you, after all!
Happy Birthday to You!
Ready to start planning your best party yet? You only get one day to celebrate turning another year older–and that means an unforgettable party needs to be part of the plan. But make sure you don’t get too far ahead of yourself in planning without securing your venue. If you find the venue first, everything else falls into play. And, the venue can give you inspiration that you weren’t expecting. Keep our four quick tips for finding the perfect birthday party venue, and you’ll be on your way to blowing out the candles and celebrating with your closet crew!