Whether you have a milestone birthday or another reason to throw a celebration, you might want to consider your own home as a venue. If you have the space, then your home can be an excellent place to throw a party or hold an event, as you save on venue fees and have a lot more flexibility in what you can do. But there are certainly challenges when it comes to hosting an event at home, so here are some things to keep in mind.
Sort out bathroom facilities
Holding a big event at home means a lot of people coming onto your property, and most homes only have one or two bathrooms, so you need to consider whether this will be enough. If you have the time, you should consider giving your bathroom a makeover. You can use Amber’s bathroom floor and wall tiles to give these rooms a fresh look and make it easier to keep them clean and protected from wear and tear. If you don’t have enough bathrooms, consider hiring portals to keep the lines moving.
Look at your budget
While hosting events at home can help you save money, there are still a lot of expenses to bear in mind. Luckily, there’s lots of advice on how to save money on your wedding and other events, and by doing DIY jobs, you can save cash.
You’ll need to sit down and make a budget for all aspects of your event, and then work out how you can make your event fit into your budget. Some expenses you’ll have to account for include:
- Food and drink
- Hire of equipment – from sound equipment to tables and chairs
- Hiring help for the day – from caterers to cleaners
It’s worth comparing the cost of doing it yourself to the cost of a venue where everything is included, but in general, your home will be a cheaper option.
Check whether you need a permit
If you’re having a party in your own home, in general, you don’t need permission – although you might want to give the neighbors a heads-up. But if you’re going to be holding an event and it’ll be on public land, for example, a street party that involves a road closure, you might need a permit to conduct an event. Make sure you get this sorted, so you don’t end up with a visit from the police mid-party.
Sort out clean-up ahead of time
People will be happy to turn up to your party and have a good time, but at the end of the night, you might find yourself left with the clean-up. If you’re hiring caterers, see if they offer cleaning as a service, so you aren’t up all night with a mop.
Having an event at home can save you money and means you don’t have to pay for an Uber home afterwards. But it’s important to make sure you’re organized, so that your guests have the best time and you can enjoy yourself too.