Party planning can be difficult, there are always so many factors to think about, the main concern being where to hold the party. If you’re expecting more than 5 or 6 guests, chances are you won’t have enough space in the house. So, what do you do? Do you hire a room? Maybe, but that might be overly expensive for a modest-size gathering. Do you hold it in your garden? Great idea, but what if it rains? Why not get the best of both worlds and host the party from your garage? Guests can still enjoy your garden, but will have a dry, warm place to use if the weather isn’t all you hoped it would be!
Ideally, you should use a two-car garage, as this will have ample space for your guests, furniture and any appliances you’ll need.
So, you’ve got a garage and you’re hosting a party, now you just need to get it party ready!
Clean it up!
Give your garage a once over, make sure there are no items laying around that could harm children, pets, etc. give it a good sweep and move out larger items like lawnmowers, snow-blowers, snowmobiles and bicycles. Then check the lighting is adequate and replace any bulbs that have blown, you could even hang fairy lights to create a party atmosphere.
No doubt there are some items in your garage you cannot remove, what you’ll need to do is cover these with bright, colourful sheets/cloths to hide them from sight. Use the same colours to cover tables. If you have unattractive walls, hang white sheets from them. This will make the garage seem bigger, and they’re ideal for projecting images onto.
Set it up!
Now it’s nice and clean, you need to get it ready for the party. You’ll need tables and chairs, if you ask around your neighbours, friends and family can probably lend you a few chairs and fold-out tables, and if you still don’t have enough you can hire some! Worst-case scenario: You ask your guests to bring a chair with them.
Choose a theme and then decorate the interior and exterior of your garage. A few carefully placed decorations and no-one will even realize they’re in a garage!
If bugs pose a problem where you live, perhaps put up a bug screen for your guest’s comfort.
Snacks and refreshments
The food and drinks you serve will completely depend on the type of party you’re hosting. If you’re throwing a cocktail party, set up a cocktail station and put out a few snacks like olives and hummus. If you’re having a BBQ, set up a table with the bread, salad, condiments etc., and either use a fridge in the garage or inside your home to keep the meat cold until you need it.
A great option for larger parties is a pot-luck style event where each guest brings a dish. If this is the type of party you choose, set up a long trestle table in the garage for the food where guests can help themselves.
Give your neighbours a heads up!
Not everyone is going to enjoy listening to a party happening next door, so make sure you let them now in advance. Better yet, invite them! The more the merrier!
One last thing…
You don’t want your garage door to cause injury to any of your guests, so if it’s been a while since you’ve had your garage door serviced, or if you’re looking for a new garage door, call us at 805-657-8173 to arrange a tune‑up!
If you are in the market for a new door, request a quote and we’ll email you it. We can even come out to your home to show you our full range and advise you.