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The 5 Top Tips to run a Successful Event at Home

Whether it’s your wedding reception in your garden or a big birthday bash – every event at home requires these 5 key elements to a super successful party.

All events at home require the big 5 key elements to a party to ensure your friends & family tell you that it was your event that was the most memorable they’ve ever been to.

These 5 components to a successful event are:

  1. Catering

  2. Bar

  3. Music

  4. Furniture

  5. Space

I’m going to give you an overview of all five components now – however I do dive into more detail with each component in my other posts – so be sure to take a look at each of those in more detail.

It is always quite difficult to generalise all events as one – as holding a wedding reception at home has completely different catering requirements than holding an 18th birthday party at home.  Again, I have explained in other posts more detailed thoughts on holding a wedding at home, so check those out too!

With all of the advice below – we have scoured the South East’s best caterers, DJ’s & event staff so please get in touch with us and we can recommend some fantastic companies to turn your good party into a great one!


  1. Catering

What catering options you offer will depend on what your event is.  I have explained in other articles that for events such as 18th birthday parties, the guests aren’t too fussed about the food so it isn’t worth spending lots on the budget on the food side of things (a pizza delivery is always the most cost effective and least amount of effort!)

For summer evening events such as birthday parties & family celebrations it’s advised to have light foods as appetites aren’t usually very big.  Bowl food & BBQ’s work really well for these occasions as guests can eat as little or as much as they please.  BBQ’s are quite interactive as they are cooked on site and there’s nothing better than the smell of a BBQ!  Most good BBQ caterers offer lots of veggie & vegan options too.  This type of food also means you do not require chairs & tables for all guests and therefore you don’t need quite a large of a space.

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