Finding Suitable Venues for Families
Large-scale events are also differentiated by the time of day that they take place. A Saturday or Sunday afternoon is not an unlikely time to see on an invitation for these functions. For this reason, outdoor venues or an outdoor activity, such as ice-skating on a pond, are perfect for events for all age groups.
A park can be a beautiful setting to host a casual event. Picture a band playing under an old-fashioned gazebo, guests rowing canoes down a stream, or nature hikes scheduled throughout the afternoon. From a hillside park to a state park on a river, picturesque parks are an ideal spot to gather family and friends. Before considering that perfect park, consider the following factors:
Are there clean public restrooms available?
Is there a natural cover in case of rain, or will you have to rent a tent?
Are there other activities like horseback riding to add to the event?
Are there any fire pits or barbecues to use?
Are there any permits needed or reservations needed for the space?
An event at a beach resort can be enjoyable for people of all ages. With the many activities for guests to partake in at a beach resort, the event could be extended into a weekend getaway. When shopping for venues, look for resorts with event facilities. Some resorts will have a cabana, clubhouse, or game room to secure as a venue to make your event private. Beach resorts tend to book in advance. Consider off-peak season or midweek periods to expedite planning times.
When consulting with the client on the invitation, be sure to add a dress code, if any. Guests may be uncertain how to pack if the recommended attire is not listed. Also be sure to include any extra activities being offered. Guests can pack swimsuits, hiking boots, or skis if told ahead of time.
Private Rooms or Small Restaurants
Depending on the size of the event, arrange site visits to private rooms and restaurants. Most restaurants can be made private with a buyout, especially for an afternoon. Although these venues can be slightly more formal for a casual event, attempt to find a venue with an outdoor space or garden for the entertainment.
These venues are perfect for a bridal luncheon. Although there may not be much need for an outside space, such as a garden, for entertainment, it can be used by guests to enjoy a welcome respite from planned activities. A soothing instrument being played, such as a harp or violin, will be quiet enough without interrupting conversation. Invite a storyteller to entertain children who may be present.
Many restaurants that are closed on weekend afternoons will consider opening for a large event. Room charges may be less expensive for an afternoon buyout as well. Having a private space for a large event means you can have music and make speeches without interrupting other guests.
Inns or Lakeside Cabins
There are many recreational activities that guests can enjoy at a country inn or a lakeside cabin. Before and after the event, guests can meander the grounds and enjoy the relaxed setting. Guests may undertake a game of bocce on the lawn, or a fierce chess competition may ensue.
Vineyards often are equipped with beautiful picnic grounds. Meeting the winemaker at a wine tasting is always a nice way to spend an afternoon. Consider arranging overnight accommodations for a group of wine tasters. By the end of an afternoon spent tasting wine, the guests will appreciate the thought.