5 reasons why you should run a party at home

The thought of running a party at home fills you with fear, so you’ve booked the local hall. The day of your child’s party is here! You’ve got 101 things to organise and you must remember to pick-up the key/take the code with you for the venue. You’re not sure what they’ve got there, so you better take a knife and some matches for the cake, plus something to stick the decorations up with.

You arrive all flustered.

It’s taken far longer to get everything in the car than you planned. Your child is ridiculously excited and wants to help you setup. You’re getting stressed, because you know that it’s their special day and you want them to be a part of it, but you’ve not got much time before people arrive.

Nothing is as simple as it should be.

You can’t find the light switches in the venue or work out how to turn the heating on and off. You’ve forgotten to bring any bin bags and there isn’t a tea towel. You try to open the folding tables, but there must be a knack to them that you haven’t got. You suddenly realise that the ceilings are really high, so you can’t attach the decorations in the way that you thought you could. Plus there are signs everywhere saying not to stick anything to the walls.

The party hasn’t even started yet and you’re super stressed.

Everyone starts frantically blowing up balloons, then your child starts running around the hall with wild excitement. People start arriving and you’ve not even got the decorations hung up.

When the party finishes everyone hangs around chatting. Your child wants to get home to open their presents and you’ve still got a whole load of clearing up to do! It’s a mad rush to get everything cleaned up in time and you’re exhausted.

Does this sound familiar?

Before I created Squidgydoodle Party Boxes I ran art and sensory parties. I turned up to many venues, to discover parents in a state of panic. I’ve also run parties for my own children and learnt that there are a lot of benefits to running a party at home.

I know it’s not always possible due to space. It’s surprising how little space you actually need, especially if you’ve got a garden you can use.

5 reasons why you should run a party at home

1. Your child can be a part of it

For your child, their birthday is magical. My children start planning their next birthday the day after their party! If you hold a party at home, you’re not rushing to meet the party arrival time deadline. You can start decorating the room the day or night before, so your child can join in too. If you want to create your own party decorations here are some ideas.

2. You don’t have to take all the food, decorations, tableware, party bags etc. with you

There’s no fear of having forgotten something. You don’t have to factor in time to pack the car. Everything is at home, ready for you to use.

3. You know the venue

Part of the stress of using a venue is not knowing what facilities it has, how to use things, how to setup the space. You know your home, so that stress is taken away.

4. You can clear-up in your own time

A party at home means that you can clear-up in your own time. Decorations don’t need to be taken down straight away. You can dedicate your time to your child, watch them open their presents and chat about the excitement of the party.

5. It’s free!

Parties can be expensive. When you hire a venue you’re adding to your party costs, plus you have to pay for setup/clear up time too! Reduce your party costs by running the party at home.

Tips for running a party at home

That all sounds great but how am I going to fit all the activities and the children in my house?

1. Invite less people

Parties at home might need to be a bit smaller, but that also makes them cheaper, as you don’t need so much food, tableware or as many party bags. My house isn’t very big, so I tend to run parties with 8 children. I’ve run parties at other people’s houses for 15 children.

2. Rotate activities

If you’re tight for space rotate activities. For example a Squidgydoodle Party Box includes 4 art and sensory activities. You could set out 2 activities. Get the children to do one activity and then move onto the next one. Whilst they’re doing the second activity, tidy away the first one and swap it for the third activity and so on.

Or alternate art activities and games. The children can do an art activity, then move onto a party game in a different room, or outside, whilst you clear up the first activity. Squidgydoodle Party Boxes include paper table/floorcloths for each activity, so you can just wrap up any mess and throw it away.

3. Use outside space if the weather is good

Make the most of any outside space you have for activities and games.

4. Don’t worry about tables and chairs

You don’t need to worry about not having enough chairs or your table being too high. Children aren’t bothered about sitting at a table to do activities. Set the party activities out on a mat on the floor instead. Without a table and chairs in the way, you’ll suddenly have a lot more space in your house!

What do you think?

I think that a party at home is less stressful, reduces your costs and allows your child to be involved in the magic of their special day. I hope you found my ideas useful. To make your party even more hassle free order a Squidgydoodle Party Box.

Hassle free – You just open up the pre-prepared activities and off they go! Stress free kids party in a box!

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I’d love to know what your experience has been. Have you ever run a party at home? Do you have any top tips?

You might also like:

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Or take a look at my Pinterest Party Boards for more ideas




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Lucy At Home UK parenting blogger


  • Jo – Cup of Toast Posted August 13, 2018 10:56 am

    This made me laugh out loud! It was as though you have watched me trying to set up a party in a hall. We once arrived with half an hour to spare because of the way the space was rented out, to find that the people before us hadn’t cleaned it. We had only just finished vacuuming up crisps and throwing away popped balloons when our first guests arrived! Surprisingly enough we don’t tend to go for the hall option any more 😉 thank you very much for linking your party tips up with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

    • Debbie Denyer Posted August 13, 2018 5:12 pm

      Thanks Jo, I’ve turned up to run a party before, to discover the parents stood outside waiting for someone to arrive and open the hall. I had used the hall before, so knew that you were meant to collect a key from a house the other side of town! There was heavy snow, so they’d walked to the venue. By the time we got in everyone had arrived. They were all very understanding and helped setup, but the parents were really stressed!

  • Kate Posted August 20, 2018 5:58 pm

    With parties I often find the simpler you keep it the better for the adults and the children. The best wee ever did was one including very retro games which the children adored when we had thought they might find our old-style stuff boring. #BlogCrush

    • Debbie Denyer Posted August 21, 2018 5:58 pm

      Thanks Kate. I agree. My kids don’t classify a party as a party unless there’s pass the parcel and pin the tail/nose/pirate patch etc on the something or other! You can often add a simple twist to classic games to theme them. e.g. Pass the kryptonite for a Super Hero Party.

  • Daydreams of a Mum Posted August 23, 2018 5:47 pm

    Fab post and very good points. I’m ashamed to say I’ve never dared hold a party at home !!!

    • Debbie Denyer Posted August 23, 2018 7:40 pm

      Thanks Kelly, You really should! It’s so much less stressful!

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