If you live in an area like we do in Southern Michigan with beautifully hot summers and cold snowy winters, you’ll know that your options for your child’s birthday party are largely dependent on the weather.
While Mezanmi Play Cafe may be biased since we host indoor parties, we wanted to share with you the 5 most common reasons clients book indoor summer birthdays with us. To them, the stress-free nature of the indoor summer party is a no-brainer, and they’re not looking back!
1. No Weather Worries
The most common reason for a client to book a summer indoor party with us is so they don’t need to stalk the weather forecast for updates in the weeks leading up to the party. Nothing can derail a fun party faster than having to cram all of your guests inside your house, waiting for a storm to pass. And if you’ve ever had to cancel or postpone your child’s birthday due to weather, you know how heartbreaking that can be.
While of course rain is likely the biggest obstacle you may face, extreme heat, unseasonably cool weather, and wind can also pose issues for your food, decorations, and your guests’ belongings.
2. Changing it Up
Aside from the obvious weather worries you can avoid with an indoor party, there can also just be something so simple and lovely about an indoor summer party. Guests won’t need to worry about bringing sunscreen and towels and sunglasses and swimsuits and changes of clothes and bug spray…you get the picture.
Sometimes it’s nice to take a short break from the outdoors, 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 get their hat on them or keeping them away from the inground pool.
I promise that if you book an indoor party for your child, guests (especially family) may seem a bit confused at first (why not take advantage of the summer weather while we can, right?) but I can tell you for certain that on the day-of, you and your guests will realize how nice it can be to kick back in an air-conditioned private party for a few hours.
3. Eating in Peace
Speaking of how relaxing an indoor, air-conditioned party can be, can we talk about food for a second? Not only are food options limited with an outdoor party due to heat, but it can be difficult to keep food covered and keep the bugs, bees, and other debris away.
Eating in peace without having to find shade or a seat or a place away from bugs is one of those things you don’t realize can be so glorious until you attend your fourth or fifth outdoor summer gathering and THEN get a break from them.
Plus, when was the last time you attended an outdoor summer party with a full espresso bar and cafe available for guests to enjoy now that they don’t need to worry about running around chasing their children in the heat? Don’t worry, we have you covered there, literally!
4. Decor Options Galore
While party aesthetic may not be a deciding factor for every family, it sure is much easier to create a themed extravaganza that lights a child’s face up when the party’s indoors. The decorations required are often less since the area is smaller and contained, and you won’t need to worry about balloons and streamers blowing all about or securing table covers down.
Also, if your pinterest boards are filled with cute centerpieces, a candy bar, or anything that may be affected by wind (or attract bees!) you will likely have to re-strategize for an outdoor soiree.
5. You May Actually Save Money
Probably the biggest misconception I hear from clients is that they want to host a party at their house to save themselves the rental fee of an indoor space. I usually laugh at this because it makes perfect sense, that is, if you’ve never hosted an outdoor party.
With all of the “extras” like tents, chair rentals, extra decorations, weather reinforcements, clean-up supplies, games and activities for the kids (which you won’t need to provide at a play area!), pool toys, etc…. It’s very likely that you will end up spending MUCH more hosting a party at your home or an outdoor venue than you would indoors.
Money aside, spending countless hours cleaning before, during, and after the party can 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 needing to worry about the clean-up, trash removal, tent teardown, etc?
You can just head home and relax with your family (yes, maybe outside!) in a nice clean house that wasn’t just trampled by party guests and all of their mud, grass, and sunscreen.
So save everyone (and especially your own family!) plenty of stress, time, and worry by booking your event with us this summer. We’d be honored to provide you with an easy, breezy experience that will leave your entire guest list feeling refreshed, grateful, and full of love after spending a relaxing (yet fun-filled!) day together.