If you reside in a place like we do in Western New York (we're in Rochester!) With superbly hot summers and cold snowy winters, you'll understand that your choices for your kid's birthday celebration are largely dependent on the weather.
As an August baby, we always had little family parties outside at my house. However, together with sons born in November and March, we are always left to reserve an indoor place for their parties, if we decided to have them that year. While those with children with summer birthdays may seem blessed to have so many choices at their disposal, it may also often feel overwhelming.
While at Climbing Vines Cafe and Play we might be biased because we sponsor indoor celebrations, I wished to discuss with you the 5 most common reasons we hear from previous celebration customers to book indoor summer evenings with us. To these, the stress-free nature of the indoor summer celebration is really a no-brainer, plus they're not looking back! Following their first indoor summer partythey continue hosting with us year after year.
1) NO WEATHER WORRIES
The most common cause for a customer to book a summer indoor celebration with us is they do not have to stem the weather prediction for upgrades in the weeks leading up to the celebration. And if you've ever needed to cancel or postpone your child's birthday due to weather, you know how heartbreaking that can be.
We get dozens of calls every summer a couple of days before somebody's outdoor party is supposed to happen to find out if we have an open slot for them within our indoor party venue due to weather woes. We can normally pull this off if the place remains open, but hosts will sadly have to scramble and allow all of their guests know of the change in place and probably shift in time, and change all of their catering orders to accommodate their new party plan.
While of course rain is likely the biggest obstacle you might face, intense warmth, unseasonably cool weather, and end may also pose problems to your food, decorations, and your guests' belongings. You will probably end up investing in a tent or some other weather barrier just to ease your mind somewhat, which can be costly and require a great deal of precious time to prepare and take down. I will not even tell the narrative of the time my Dad set a tent up for a party in a windstorm and wound up with a insurance coverage for 4 damaged cars when it blew away (weights and anchors and all!) ...
Besides the obvious weather worries it's possible to avoid with a indoor celebration, there can also just be something really simple and lovely about a indoor summer celebration. Guests will not need to be worried about bringing sunscreen and towels and towels and swimsuits and changes of clothes and insect spray... you get the picture.
Sometimes it's wonderful to take a brief break in the outside, sip coffee in an air-conditioned cafe, and have a real conversation with other adults while the children play, rather than chasing children around trying to receive their hat on them keeping them away from your in-ground pool. I'm not sure about you, but I could never quite relax at an outdoor summer birthday party with a 2 and a 4 year-old. While they sure do have a good time running around, we usually leave at a daze or using a tantrum, unsure if we even had the time to talk or check in with everybody.
While I absolutely adore a good barbecue or summer grilling extravaganza, I find it refreshing when we can take a break from the same-old backyard bash and spend a few hours in a relaxing, cool, and most significantly -- included! -- air.
It's also freeing as a guest to have the rest of the day to do as we want as a family and not need to be concerned about getting the kids into a tub right after the party or quitting home to cool off and change clothing.
I promise that in the event you reserve an indoor party for your child, guests (particularly family) may seem a little confused at first (why not take advantage of the summer weather while we can, right?) But after hosting countless indoor parties I will tell you for certain that on the day-of, you and your visitors will realize how pleasant it can be to kick back in an air-conditioned private celebration for a few hours.
3) EATING IN PEACE
Speaking of how relaxing an indoor, air-conditioned celebration could be, can we discuss food for a moment? Not only are food choices limited with an outside party because of heat, but it can be hard to keep food covered and retain the bugs, bees, and other debris off.
So, for our family, the meals factor alone could be enough to justify an indoor playground business for sale party.
Eating in peace without having to find shade or a seat or a place away from pests is just one of these things that you do not realize can be so glorious until you attend your fourth or fifth outside summer gathering and THEN get a rest from them. Among the most common things we hear is how fine it is to just sit and eat and see the kiddos play with no any other venue-related cares or concerns. This will be particularly important when you are going to be needing elderly family members attend who will battle with being mobile in the grass or mud and finding seating at outdoor parties.
While party aesthetic might not be a determining factor for every family, it sure is significantly easier to create a themed extravaganza that lighting a child's face up when the party's inside. The decorations demanded tend to be less because the place is smaller and contained contained, and you won't need to worry about balloons and streamers blowing about or securing table covers .
Since we do host mobile events outdoors at Climbing Vines Cafe and Play, I can also speak from experience when I say the time it takes to set up (and take down!) Decorations for an outside celebration compared to a indoor party generally ends up being double. Finding good places to hang banners, requiring two people to maintain and protect everything, and locating weights or other restraints for everything may be a true hassle on celebration.
And you'll have enough to be concerned about that afternoon, right?
Furthermore, if your pinterest planks are filled with cute centerpieces, a candy bar, or anything which could possibly be impacted by wind (or attract bees!) You will likely have to restrategize to get an outdoor soiree.
And of course decoration typically can only be utilized once if used outdoors, but repurposed again and if used for an indoor event. Our guests that sponsor indoor occasions, notably those who invested significant money into decor or worked hard to make their very own, are very happy to find they could usually make a huge chunk of their cash back by reselling their supplies on something like Facebook Marketplace.
5) YOU MAY ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY
Speaking of money, probably the greatest misconception I hear from clients is they wish to sponsor a party in their home to save the leasing fee of an indoor space. I generally laugh at this because it makes perfect sense, in other words, if you've never hosted an outside party.
With all of the"extras" like tents, seat rentals, additional decorations, weather reinforcements, cleanup supplies, games and activities for your children (that you won't have to provide at a play place!) , pool toys, etc.... It's very possible that you are going to wind up spending MUCH more hosting a celebration at your home or an outdoor place than you'd inside.
I am not sure how other indoor spaces handle their equipment, but we just charge guests to get additional beverages and supplies and these on the day of the party if they end up needing themand we also enable parties to bring in their OWN meals, dessert, and decoration should they choose!
Money aside, spending countless hours cleaning before, during, and after the party may also take a toll. Wouldn't it be nice to walk into a sparkling clean space and leave with your guests when the party's over, not having to be concerned about the cleanup, trash removal, tent teardown, etc?
You can just head home and relax with your loved ones (yes, maybe outside!)
In addition to the time spent cleaning prior to and after the party, would not it ALSO be nice to not need to play"host" during the event? Even for clients that bring in their own food and decor, our committed party assistants set everything up, refill and mend food and beverages as needed, clear plates, cut and serve the cake, and then pack up all of the leftovers in the end of the party!
In the end, it's your child's special day and you want to spend those precious hours making memories and seeing along with your guests-- not running about chasing your decorations or refilling the fruit bowl countless times.
So save everyone (and especially your family!) Lots of stress, time, and stress by booking your event with us summer time. We'd be honored to offer you an easy, enjoyable experience which will leave your whole guest list feeling refreshed, thankful, and filled with love after having a relaxing (yet fun-filled!) day together.