From graduation parties to weddings, hosting a celebration at home adds that sought-after personal touch to any celebratory event. If you subscribe to the old adage, “Home is where the heart is” you understand why many wish to enjoy a special occasion right in their own backyard.
But before sending out those invitations, it’s important to consider all the moving parts that go into hosting a lavish affair on your property. Here we take a look at some of the issues you’ll need to address to ensure your event is memorable for all the right reasons.
Secure the proper permits and check your insurance
Almost every great celebration involves music. If you’re hiring a band or DJ, check your local noise ordinances as there may be restrictions or limits in place. This will help avoid angry neighbors or police officers crashing your party. The same goes for parking. If you’re inviting dozens of guests, find out if you need to file a permit for cars to park along your street between certain hours. No one wants to send friends and family home with a parking ticket.
With so many guests on your property, determine what your homeowner's insurance covers. If liquor will be served, you may want to consider increasing your liability limit for additional protection. If you’re hiring vendors, make sure they have their own insurance policies as well.
Consult with experts
To determine if your home is truly the ideal spot for your event, talk with a professional party planner. One of the first things you’ll need to determine is the size of your gathering. Naturally, you want to ensure everyone will be able to dine or dance comfortably. An expert will be able to envision a layout that maximizes your space and explain how to make the best use of your property.
Depending on the time of year, weather may be another factor you’ll need to take into account. You may want to rent a tent for additional peace of mind should there be inclement weather. A covering also provides privacy and welcome shade on bright, sunny days. Adding festive lights creates a charming ambiance should your affair extend beyond dusk. If you anticipate extreme high or low temperatures, look into renting cooling and heating equipment to ensure your guests are comfortable. Consider consulting an electrician who can advise you on whether it would be wise to rent a generator so you won’t have to worry about blowing a fuse.
Provide sufficient accommodations
A party planner may also be able to recommend trusted vendors who can supply food, servers, tables, chairs, floral arrangements, photographers, musicians, and even landscapers who can help bring your vision to reality. Thanks to established relationships, many event planners are able to secure discounted rates that help keep mounting costs in check.
Don’t overlook the need for restrooms. As a general rule it’s a good idea to have one toilet for every 35 guests, and account for three bathroom visits per person. If you have concerns about your septic system being up to this kind of traffic, not to worry. Portable bathrooms have gone luxe, with many including lighting, sinks, heated water and even air-conditioning. Particularly if you’ve had plumbing issues in the past, this amenity will remove stress during a potentially stressful time.
Don’t forget your youngest guests
If children are on your guest list, you’ll want to make sure they’re safe as well as happy. If your property isn’t enclosed, consider fencing off a children’s area complete with games and entertainment that will keep them occupied. This will ensure that their parents and other guests can enjoy the celebration as well.
While hosting an event at your home involves a bit more planning, it offers an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind event. These memories, made right in your own backyard, are ones you’ll always cherish.