Top Birthday Party Tips

Make sure the special birthday party starts on the right foot! Whether a big 3,0 or a big 8,0 we host birthday parties around the year for all ages and groups. Find below some of our suggestions for making sure you can organise the event in a stress free manner.


Birthdays are a great opportunity to get your friends and family together in one place. Our large group accommodation enables you just that very easily – as we offer self-catering, you will be able to get your dream house for a weekend at a great value. Perhaps you are organising a birthday tip for someone else? Have a read below to get inspired and organise a very special birthday party for your loved one.

1 – Discover the brief for the birthday party!

Speak to whoever’s birthday it is and find out what would make the most memorable event for them.

2 – Arrange the invite list!

Confirm the key people that the host would like to have there. Send invites with a specific RSVP date (you can also ask for a deposit if they are contributing). Make sure you find out from them any food or accessibility restrictions also, information which you can forward to our Party Houses team who will be able to find you a house according to your preferences and limitations. It’s always a smart idea to create a Whatsapp group or email thread to keep people up to date with payments or thoughts on the party.

3 – Create suspense with a secret

If you’re organising a birthday party for your loved one, you can keep a couple of guests or activities a surprise.  Create some mystery and keep the birthday boy/girl guessing.

4 – Formal or informal?

What type of birthday party will it be? Should your guests bring clothes for a casual BBQ in the garden, or suited up for a much smarter fine dining dinner.

5 – Choosing the perfect venue

Look for the right venue by taking into account the location (making sure guests from across the UK can easily reach it), accessibility (so all guests are comfortable), and fun features (most of our Party Houses come with hot tubs, pools, or games rooms).

6 – Where’s the food coming from?

Make sure to arrange all the food in advance, all our Party Houses and at most venues, you will be able to get the food delivered from any of the big supermarkets and from smaller local providers. Nothing makes people happier together than a large meal! On a beautiful day, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the onsite BBQ.

7 – Bring a chef in!

After all, you want a night off to completely enjoy and relax on the birthday weekend. Then why not bring a chef in?  They cook, serve and wash up. The menu is your choice; from fine dining to hog roast; and as you can bring your own drinks, it’s much better value than a restaurant.

8 – Make it that bit more interesting with a unique activity!

Get all your family and friends together for a unique and fun activity to really help the celebrations. From murder mystery nights to archery at your venue, our guests often say the activities helped to bring the party to life! We have a big list of different activity providers so take a scroll through our page and get inspired.

9 – Decorate to impress

From simple birthday balloons to flower bouquets set up on your arrival. You can really tailor the venue to your own imagination!  There are lots of supplier contact details on our site but with most venues, you are free to choose whoever you like!

10 – Talk to your venue

We at Party Houses like it when we get a call asking for advice on how to make the birthday celebrations a weekend to remember. Always feel free to get on the phone and ask as many questions as you like!

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Dandelion Events

From archery, laser clay target shooting, and air rifle shooting, to murder mystery events and cocktail making, Dandelion Events will be happy to organise the best activity for you and your guests. They have been coming to Party Houses for years now, and always get great reviews no matter what activity they’re hosting. As they are a mobile company they will be happy to come to your Party House no matter in which area around the UK you’re staying at! Dandelion Events are the perfect company for your party have lots of fun while discovering and learning something new.

Midland Hot Tub Hire

Midland Hot Tub Hire have over a decade of experience in the hot tub rental industry. They specialise in the Peak District and work with care in a high quality and timely manner. Hot tub hire is a great idea for a number of parties ranging from family retreats, hen and stag parties, barbecues, relaxing retreats, and more.

Country House Murder Mystery

For a weekend away with a difference, why not host your own Murder Mystery party? Country House Murder Mysteries have over fifteen years experience in creating murder mystery events throughout the UK. A team of professional actors join you and your guests and lead you into a work of murderous intrigue. Witty, clever and entertaining, a murder mystery is a great way to celebrate any special occasion. Packages to suit all budgets and venues and a wide choice of storylines and themes, all hosted by an experienced team guaranteed to give your guests a Murder Mystery to remember.

chris the chef – Peak District and beyond

chris the chef offers a unique food experience for any event you wish to celebrate. Not only will he guide you in creating your dream menu for your special day, but he also offers beautiful set menus with delicious choices in case you can’t decide. From modern British cuisine to an elegant fusion, Chris and his team are ready to provide you with exactly what you desire and assure you with an unforgettable evening. With over 17 years of experience, chef Chris offers flavoursome canapés, bowl food and  3-course meals. He is the perfect caterer if you yearn for the highest quality seasonal ingredients put together to create delightful dishes.