Party season is around the corner and many of us are dreaming of holiday parties. One of the most important parts of party and wedding planning is selecting a venue. With choices spanning small intimate parties at home to large affairs in a rented spaces, how do you know what kind of venue is right for your party? We got our team of Serendipity Catering party planning specialists together to ask what they look for when selecting a venue and the right things to keep in mind when planning a big event.
What is the most important thing to keep in mind when selecting a venue?
Kelsey (Service Consultant)- I tend to look for space layout. It is so hard to do a big wedding or event in a small space or one where you have to travel a long ways to get people their food. You need a venue that will provide a good “flow” for the party with enough space for both guests and the caterers to move.
Shauna (Senior Event Coordinator) – Space and floor plan! You don’t want to be separated from any of your guests. Everyone should feel included.
Diana (Event Coordinator)- Space! Having ample space for the guest count is important, but you also don’t want there to be too much extra space or you lose the event’s mood.
What is an important question to ask when visiting a venue?
Erin (Service Consultant)- Do they allow outside catering and where is the best place for a catering van to unload and park? Also, do they supply rentals such as tables, chairs and eating ware? For a wedding ask about changing areas and if you are going to be outdoors at all ask about a contingency plan!
How important is it that your caterer communicates with the venue?
Shauna – On a scale of 1-10, it’s a 12!
What is your favorite Colorado venue?
Kelsey – Boettcher Mansion is a fabulous example of a great catering venue. It has a full commercial kitchen with fridge, ice machine, grill top, ovens, warmers, commercial size sink, and a ton of prep space.
Shauna – Grant-Humphreys Mansion is a perfect venue for large events. They have a large kitchen, a gorgeous patio and ceremony space.
Diana – Not necessarily a venue, but I love parties at residences. It gives you an idea of who the host is and gives that personal touch to the event.
Serendipity Catering works with several top-notch venues and loves them all for different reasons. Here are just a few:
For history and elegance in the city we like Grant Humphreys Mansion.
For wine lovers, consider a vineyard! We love Balistreri Vineyards.
And, for the best of the city and the outdoors, Denver parks such as Cheesman Park, Washington Park and City Park are great for spring and summer events!