Choosing a party venue for your child’s next party can be one of the most stressful things in party planning.
I always recommend booking your children’s entertainer in first because there is only one of them and they can make the whole party for you.
However, when it comes to the hall, I find that my customers tell me they struggle with getting anyone to answer the phone, paying deposits are usually on awkward days and times and it is getting harder and harder to find somewhere that wants to take your money!
With this in mind, I want to help take the stress of finding a hall away from you, with not only an extensive guide to halls in the Essex area on my website but with this blog.
Things to look out for when choosing your party venue:
Price – having cheap isn’t always good but when it comes to a children’s party, you really don’t need to be spending hundreds of pounds. I always recommend a church hall or small community centre that does the job. It isn’t the hall you get but the entertainer that can make or break a party. The cheapest halls I find to be around the £30 an hour mark and don’t forget to take into consideration setting up and packing away.
Good car park facilities – there is nothing worse than your guests spending half the party trying to find a space before they have even turned up! The same goes for your entertainer so make sure the venue has adequate parking for everyone with easy access.
Hall downstairs or with a lift – make sure the hall you have hired isn’t ten flights of stairs up! Yes this has happened to me before where I have arrived at a venue and I have to carry my heavy equipment u the stairs. It’s not nice for me and isn’t nice for your guests and their little ones either. If it is necessary just make sure the lift is working!
Room to swing a cat – bear in mind that when visiting your chosen hall, that you are going to fill that with your entertainer set up, tables and chairs for food and double the amount of people including the adults so the room will get smaller and smaller!
Not too big either – on the other hand, don’t make the venue too big! I have performed in a couple of large gymnasium’s and halls and the children tend to find a big space and run around in it the whole party rather than watch me! It’s just something to do with how big the room is and they get distracted easily.
Kitchen facilities – most halls these days do have a kitchen so you probably don’t have to worry about this unless you are hiring a gym or a school hall where the kitchen may be further away from where you need it.
No easy access to the stage – I don’t perform on the stage when I do parties, I like to be on the floor with the children, so with this in mind, your hall should have a way of sealing the stage off so the children aren’t tempted to run on to it. Sometimes they have side doors to close but it’s always a bit tricky with stairs or just a stage on the floor so bear this in mind.
I hope this has helped and not overwhelmed you too much, you can’t always get everything perfect but just some things you may not have thought about to consider.
It’s not only super useful to your entertainer but to your guests well-being too.
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