No matter what you’re celebrating, a party is always a special occasion. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, the arrival of the holidays, a bridal shower, an engagement, a graduation, or maybe even Halloween, parties are all about getting people together for a good time.
And while there’s a lot that goes into planning any party, few tasks are as important as choosing a party venue. The space you choose is important from a practical perspective — the size, layout, and amenities are all crucial — but it also helps set the party atmosphere from the moment the first guest walks through the door.
So regardless of the reason for your celebration, here are some simple tips to help you find the perfect party venue.
The Best Party Venues
There are so many different reasons to throw a party, and there’s an equally diverse range of party locations available to suit the occasion. So before you start comparing venues, it’s vital that you have a clear idea of the type of celebration you want your guests to enjoy, and the atmosphere you want to create. Here’s a small sample of some of the most popular party spaces available.
- Loft Spaces
Loft spaces are often elegant and refined venues that are perfect for sophisticated soirees. Warm and inviting, lofts boast gorgeous architectural features, high ceilings, and plenty of natural light, so they’re ideal for a cocktail or engagement party.
- Penthouse Apartments
If you really want to raise the roof, there’s nothing quite like a party in a penthouse. You can expect good company, good tunes, great views, and an undeniable sense of luxury — and if you’ve also got access to your very own rooftop patio, even better.
- Bars and Breweries
A bar or brewery would be a wonderful place for any kind of party. You can find a trendy nightclub or a casual local bar, whichever fits your style. This cozy brewery taproom is the ideal spot to socialize, wet your whistle, and celebrate in style.
What to Look for in Party Spaces
Choosing the best party space isn’t always as straightforward as you might think. There are so many great venues out there that it’s important to make a list of all the key features you need for your celebration. Here are the most important factors to consider.
Convenience is a must when choosing a party space, so look for something that’s simple for guests to access. Consider issues such as traffic congestion and proximity to public transport, while you might also want to think about what other attractions are nearby, For example, are there any bars and nightclubs in the vicinity for anyone who wants to kick on after the party winds down.
Getting the size right is essential when choosing a party venue. A venue that’s too big will lack atmosphere, but if it’s too small it’ll be cramped and unpleasant. Get it right and you’ll encourage mingling without making anyone uncomfortable.
It’s also important to make sure the layout suits your needs. An extended family dinner for a milestone birthday party, for example, will require something quite different from an all-night dance party to celebrate a 21st birthday.
The right party venue helps to create the perfect party vibe. But the vibe you want will vary depending on what you’re celebrating and who you’re partying with, so make sure the party space you choose has the ambiance to match the occasion. Whether you want formal black-tie surroundings or something much more casual, there are plenty of options available.
- Essential Features
Next, think about those key features your party location absolutely must have. For example, is there enough parking and adequate bathroom provisions, do they offer catering, and will you need to rent equipment or furniture? Put together a checklist to help make your decision easier when comparing venues.
Hosting a party can be an expensive exercise. There are plenty of expenses to consider, so don’t blow all your budget on the venue alone. Set yourself a limit and stick to it — no matter how tempted you might be by some of the truly spectacular party spaces out there.
Not sure what sort of venue or theme would be the perfect fit for your party? Whether you are having a sophisticated soiree or a fun comedy night, there is a place for every kind of party. Here’s some inspiration to get you thinking.
- Dancing the Night Away
Want to hit the floor for a night of dancing, fun, and laughter? Find a club-style space where you can get your groove on, either to some DJ-spun tracks or some tunes from a great live band.
- Living it up on the Rooftop
Rise above it all and celebrate in style and comfort in a cozy rooftop space. With an open-air feel and an atmosphere of privacy and exclusivity, small rooftop courtyards and patios are ideal for those intimate celebrations.
- Glamorous Garden Parties
If you’re planning a stylish and sophisticated celebration, lush, landscaped gardens can make the ideal party venue. We’re talking vibrant green surroundings, a stunning water feature or two, a beautiful twilight atmosphere, guests in their finest cocktail attire, and waitstaff circulating with glasses of bubbles and delicious canapes. Now that’s what we call celebrating in style!
- Colorful and Creative Spaces
Sometimes it’s worth thinking outside the box to find a truly unique space. It could be a hidden courtyard decorated with colorful graffiti murals, a modern art gallery with all manner of weird and wonderful works, or even just a private home decked out with garish retro decor. This surreal 3D art museum, for example, offers a vibrant, immersive, and totally unique party space.
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Written by: Katrina Sirotta
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