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Party at Home or at a Venue?

By May 15, 2011

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Holly Korus, of the Barista Kids Website, posed this question the other day: Are children's birthday parties better at home or at party venues?

Actually, she didn't really ask. She declared, "I would rather drink warm, cheap gin than to ever spend another minute in the germy party place with a giant cheesy mouse. But that's me."

Like Korus, I prefer parties at home, but I've attended some very fun kids' parties at bouncy houses, parks and swimming pools.

For me, it's easier to personalize a party when we're hosting it at home. It's kind of hard to compete with oversized dragon wall murals, for example, when you're trying to use a kitten theme.

Not that every party needs a theme. And some themes, like a ballet theme, are actually easier to execute in another setting (i.e., a ballet studio).

And sometimes it's just more convenient to let someone else take care of the party details. Our family is moving to another house the week after my daughter's upcoming birthday, so I'm definitely tempted to make this the year we host her party at a professional party place.

But ... knowing me ... I probably won't.

What do you think? Do you prefer to host parties at home or at party venues? If you host at venues, is it because of the convenience of it or do you think the kids have more fun there than they would at home?

Take the survey below and then feel free to elaborate in the comments section.

By the way, check out the adorable Parisian-themed party Holly threw for her daughter while you're on the Barista Kids site.

And if you're a fan of hosting at party venues, check out my list of great places to host kids' parties and my tips on what to ask when hosting parties at an outside facility and what to bring with you.

May 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm
(1) anna says:

I just don’t believe the craziness (money, stress, over the top nonsense) for kids’ parties.

At the end of the day, the kids want a place to run around and be crazy. Enough with the parents trying to one-up each other.

So I say home parties are best because I believe childhood should be simple and messy and not store bought….
although, since I have no yard and a summer kid, I did once throw a party in the local park (had to pay $25 for a permit).

That was great.

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