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Celebrating a Big Birthday: Hosting at a Swansea Banquet Hall

Celebrating a Big Birthday: Hosting at a Swansea Banquet Hall

big-birthday-swanseaIt can be a lot of fun to plan a big birthday event for a spouse, loved one or family member. In the world of grown-up birthday parties, social gatherings and special events, a landmark birthday is typically one of those “decade birthdays” that everyone tends to celebrate more than the random years in between. It is quite common to work with social event coordinators to pull off a surprise or large scale party for someone who is turning 30, 40, 50, 60 or more.

A 40th birthday is the first official “over the hill” birthday that many people like to celebrate. While 50 is still the big one for black balloons and graveyard birthday cakes, 40 is a pretty big number as well. To plan a fun party for the guest of honor, make sure to take into consideration things that he or she finds interesting, certain hobbies and with regard to food and other options, think about the things you know that they like.

Getting Started
Planning a birthday is kind of like planning a family reunion. You will often need to dig up guests that you haven’t talked to in a long time or even seek out friends and other people that you know the birthday boy or girl would like to see. Flying in family members from a distance or asking people to come out on a weekend or during a holiday season just to celebrate a birthday at the local reception hall might be challenging, but there are things you can do to make it easier on the guests and more appealing all around.

First of all, don’t just pick some restaurant or basic venue from the neighborhood. This is a big birthday milestone, so let’s think big. Most people who live in the New England area know about The Venus, which is one of the top ten restaurants in the local region. In addition to serving up the best baked lobster in the local area, Venus de Milo is also known for its event center and banquet hall in Swansea, MA. In addition to hosting birthdays, we also host weddings, receptions, anniversaries and corporate events. Secure the venue, set the date and then the rest of the planning can begin.

Choose a Theme
Any good party will have an underlying focus or theme. For example, the “over the hill” theme that we discussed in the beginning. Many party planners and social event coordinators will just choose to go with this overall theme for big birthday parties. However, it can be even more successful to choose a theme that has something to do with the guest of honor, their plans for the immediate future or their hobbies and interests. Picking a good theme can help everything else fall into place, from creating the invitations to purchasing decorations, designing the birthday cake and planning activities or entertainment.

Some popular themes for grown-up birthdays, social gatherings and special events include:

  • sports – baseball, football, hockey, basketball, racing, etc.
  • tropical – island theme, Hawaiian luau, cruise ship, Caribbean, etc.
  • eras – 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, etc.
  • television shows – Downton Abbey, Walking Dead, Mad Men, etc.
  • movies – Star Wars, Titanic, Gone With the Wind, Rocky, etc.
  • childhood interests – pirates, princesses, heroes, comic books, etc.

Advance Planning
So how far in advance should you start planning a birthday party and sending out invitations? The answer will be relative to you, the type of party you are throwing, how big the party will be and who your guests are. If you are throwing a large scale party at the banquet hall in Swansea, MA, you will want a couple of months’ advance notice to secure the venue and nail down all of the plans for vendors and activities on-site. If you are throwing a smaller party, consider methods you would use for planning a family reunion: contact guests personally ahead of time and then send out formal invitations.

If you will be hiring a DJ, band, commissioning a cake or will have any unique entertainment planned for this event, make sure to work with on-site social event coordinators to help everything come together without a hitch. If you are planning a party during the holidays or in the height of wedding season, you may need more advance notice to get the space you desire for your social gatherings and special events. Don’t miss out on the best venue in Southeastern Massachusetts just because you drug your feet a little too long.

Contact Venus de Milo ASAP
If you are thinking about throwing a birthday party, hosting a corporate event or planning a family reunion at the world-famous Venus de Milo event center and banquet hall in Swansea, MA, make sure to do it as soon as you know your desired date. Space fills up quickly for our social gatherings and special events center, so the more advance notice you can have, the better. Our on-site social event coordinators will help you to pull off your special celebration and can even help you work with vendors to make sure nothing gets left out. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to get a FREE quote on our services or to take a tour of the venue.

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