I’ll Throw My Party Where I Want!

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Event venues come in all shapes and sizes —literally. Planners have the opportunity to rent oddly shaped hexagonal and standard square rooms, teeny-tiny 200, or massive 3,500 square foot spaces. Some venues are super easy to handle and others are more difficult.

It all depends on what kind of event you’re throwing and all of that factors that go into making the event a success.

Types of Venues

We’ve listed many different types of venues here, including how you can use them and tips for planners.


  • Good for: small groups to rent out a suite, larger groups to rent out multiple ballrooms
  • Types: corporate meetings, breakout sessions, weddings, baby showers
  • Tips: Ask about the food and beverage costs, and any additional labor outside of your contract upfront. Some hotels jack up those services by 200%


  • Good for: any group who likes to drink alcohol
  • Types: birthday parties, launch parties
  • Tips: Even if you’re working for the events manager, establish a good relationship with the owner too. They are the people who will make sure you’re taken care of.

Amusement Park

  • Good for: small groups of children or adults, corporate companies looking to do something different
  • Types: birthday parties, launch parties, themed parties
  • Tips: Rope off or establish physical boundaries for the event. Our guess is having a large group of people in an area where they can get injured is a huge liability.

Neighborhood Park

  • Good for: small or large groups of children or adults
  • Types: birthday parties
  • Tips: Check with your local parks and rec department to see if you need a permit. If you don’t buy one, you could get fined or worse, your party will be shut down.


  • Good for: small or large groups, both personal and corporate
  • Types: birthday parties, launch parties, meetings, holiday parties
  • Tips: Order pre-fixe for food and per person for alcohol. The last thing you need is to pay a la carte for the boozebag in the corner.

Out-there venues

Just for fun, check out these crazy buildings (using the term loosely) across our great country. Maybe the owners will let us throw an event there someday?

The Dr. Seuss House – There actually exists a 12-story house in Alaska, unofficially named after the quirky author for its resemblance to the houses illustrated in his books.

Dog Bark Park Inn – In Cottonwood, Idaho, dog lovers take things to a new level with a two-story beagle-shaped bed and breakfast. Pets are obviously welcome.

Weisman Art Museum – Famous Architect Frank Gehry created this intricate, angular crazy-shaped, reflective, tin-looking building he calls a museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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