Help finding a community hall near Redhill, Reigate, Horley etc(6 Posts)
I'm looking for a venue that will hold approximately 50 people for my son's birthday party. It will mainly be adults attending, so don't need an indoor playground or anything, but I will need tables, chairs and somewhere that allows outside catering to be brought in.
The one near us is here
My neighbours used it and I'm sure there were tables & chairs available. They said the price was very good too.
I don't live in Surrey but just wanted to give a few ideas as I have recently held a 7th birthday party.
I have held 2 birthday parties so far. Hope my experiences can be of help to you.
If you have a big garden you could get that party gazebo from B&Q. Or do you have a big enough room for them all to sit down in with an entertainer like clown, animal man, magician, mad science etc.
I have had a party for 55 kids and 1 for 30 kids. Both were very chaotic. For the 55 kid one I had a bouncy castle in a hall(nightmare unless you can get an adult to man the bouncy castle at all times and make sure too many don't get on all at once. We actually had a nose bleed due to having too many on at once). I also had an animal man which was £90 for an hour (Fantastic, however I think 55 kids was too many. They lost interest because they were having to wait too long to get a turn at touching/holding an animal.)
For the 30 kid one we had a dance class party in a dance studio. This was £75 for an hour in the dance studio and an hour in the food area. My DS really enjoyed himself but a lot of the boys wouldn't join in because "dancing is for girls" A disco with a DJ probably would have been better.
Next year we plan to have a multi sports party. The local secondary school hires out it's school gym plus a room for food for £42.50 for 2 hours in the gym and 30 minutes in the food area. They provide the sports equipment so you can either do the games yourself or do what I will do which is hire a sports coach for £50. You can get 8 x medals for 99p in the 99p shop to give out at the end.
Our local leisure centre also does cheap parties, so it's worth looking at yours.
I also know of a DJ that does 2 hours for £50 and does a disco, bubble machine and party games. Most charge a lot more than this so it's worth asking around if anyone knows of someone cheap.
If you shop around you can get a venue around here for £20-£50 for church hall, community hall, school hall etc.
Also ask local dance instructors or zumbatomic teachers if they do parties. I looked into this and if I sorted my own venue they charged £25-£35 per hour.
Music Bugs (you have to arrange your own venue) - for up to 20 children - 30 minutes = £65, 45 minutes = £80 and 60 mins = £95.
However ask around as I found a self-employed lady who wasn't part of a franchise that did sessions very similar to Music Bugs and charges £30 per 30 mins for parties.
Private hire at a soft play near me is £100. It's double that at another local one, so try different ones.
Another idea for a cheap party I've had is a cooking party. If your venue has cooking facilities get them to make their own cookies/gingerbread and decorate them.
A big hit at both parties was hiring a mascot. We have had Mickey Mouse and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. It was £25 for 30 mins including a gift and the kids loved dancing with them each time.
If you plan to have a pinata (always a hit with kids) make sure they all line up to take their turn and stay in the line. I tried to do this but then all the kids got out of the line and crowded round the pinata. How we didn't have another accident I don't know and I felt it was quite dangerous. Also the kids were all fighting over the sweets so what I would do next time is put in 30 party bags closed with elastic bands with some sweets, 1 x punchball balloon and 1 x bottle of bubbles so there's one bag each rather than putting the sweets all in loose and some kids getting loads and others having none.
For decorations and plates, bowls, etc pound shop, 99p shop, Asda and Wilkos are really good. Don't bother with cups as you always get loads of spillages. Also so you don't get loads of wastage put the food out on the plates ready and give them out. I did:
Cherry tomatoes/cucumber/carrot sticks
Cheese thins (like mini cheddars but 79p for 9 x 25g packs in Home Bargains - 35.1p per 100g)
Raisins, grapes and strawberries
Aldi yoghurt tubes (9 x 40g for £1.19)
Cup drinks with straws (12 x 200ml for 79p in Home Bargains)
We went to a party where there was a kitchen at the venue and they cooked chicken nuggets and french fries for everybody which was nice and simple.
For dessert I always do:
Ice lollies (but only if you have a freezer to store them in obviously)
For pinata/party bags:
Bubbles (9 x tubs for £1 or 10 x bubble wands for £1 in Poundland)
Punch ball balloons - Play.com do 50 x punchball balloons for £4.02 with delivery
Glowsticks - 20 for £1 in Poundland
An idea we have had for next year so we don't even have to make sandwiches is to have a make your own wrap station. So we will go round and give each child a wrap, some lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, grated cheese, ham, chicken, mayo etc.
Sorry just realised it's mostly adults so a lot of that will probably be irrelevant.
How about Reigate Park church?
Or empire hall in Horley?
How much are you prepared to pay ? Centenary Hall Smallfield , Lloyd Hall Outwood, St Wilfrids' hall in Horley Row?
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