Three things to remember when planning a family party

So, we don’t all see our entire family every day of the year. In fact, some people barely see their family members from one year to the next. For a far-flung family, special occasions such as weddings, baptisms anniversaries or significant birthdays are the perfect opportunity for a reunion. If you are already a close family, you may be looking for a venue to host a regular family shindig, maybe for Christmas or another regular celebration. Here, we have put together three important tips for you to create and enjoy the ideal family party.


Celebration” by bfick, licenced under CC BY 2.0

1 – Location, Location
Location is important for many reasons. Firstly, the venue has to be easy to get to for everyone, not just those in cars. You also need to accommodate people who might be flying in or using public transport. Your family might be ranging in age from 2 to 102, and they all need to be able to get there. Also you need to make sure that the location you book is large enough that you are not crammed into a room like a pile of battery hens. You want room to dance, somewhere for the kids to hang out, somewhere for the young’uns to be able to run around and plenty of room for people to mill around and mingle. You also want plenty of seating.

2 – Accommodation
Think about if your family will all want to stay at the same place. If you are planning for your family party to continue into the wee hours and people are traveling from miles around to be there, they might benefit from a hotel room. There are some stunning hotels in and around Edinburgh, and one of those is the retro inspired Hotel Indigo. When you enter the Hotel Indigo, it’s like walking onto the set of Randall and Hopkirk or The Persuaders, inspired by the 1970’s and stunningly recreated with unique colour combinations and interesting decor.

If you want something extremely upmarket and close to shopping facilities, boutique hotel The Dunstane has everything you would need. Planning your party includes catering, so consider how many people will be there and what type of menu to serve. Le Monde is a modern type of hotel that appeals to all people, young and old, right in the centre of Edinburgh. If you want to hold your party further afield and make the celebration a mini break for the whole family, then the beautiful Inverness can offer a venue with a difference. The Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury hotel that makes a great base for everyone.

3 – Travel
When you plan your party, try to make sure everyone has a reasonably cheap way to get to the hotel or venue. If you have people traveling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, they are not going to be over the moon to be paying through the nose for the party. Try to get a central location with good access to public transport and services.

Let us know if you choose to book your party at any of these locations, we’d love to see your pictures!