May 05

How to Organise a Party – Top Tips


Are you taking on the challenge of organising a party, but not sure on where to start? Are you in the search of some inspiration? Here’s a quick guide to help you with the process of event planning.



Picking a good date can be difficult so keep your guests in mind when deciding on one. Event planners usually suggest starting to think about the event about 8 – 12 weeks in advance in order to ensure you get the perfect venue and that all of your guests will be able to attend the party without having the event cross with the plans they’ve already made ages ago.



If you’d like to make this event more special than just going into a random bar, consider Party Houses, which offers stunning venues in the heart of the UK – the unique Peak District. With most of the houses being just an hour drive from London, they offer the perfect get away from the busy city life into nature where you can grill, hike, rock climb, visit small villages, and party until your heart’s desires without bothering anyone.

The best part of renting a house through Party Houses is that when your guests don’t feel like partying anymore, they are literally just a few steps away from their comfortable beds and a goodnight’s rest.




This is your party! So invite only your favourite people, whether it’s your family members or a group of your closest friend, there’s no reason to invite your uncle that gets on everyone’s nerves or your friend whose no-too-attractive alter ego comes out of every time he gets drunk.

Get a bit creative with the invitations and consider using a software like Canva or Fotor that allows you to upload your favourite image (or browse through the ones that they offer), write in your invitation text (containing the theme of the party, location, and date), and send it through email.

Also, I suggest you create a Facebook Messenger or a Whatsapp group where you can all communicate on what should people bring, which games you could play, or activities you’d like to do.



This is, besides having an amazing venue, one of the biggest things about throwing a great party. You can either hire a caterer who will take care of your guest’s bellies or take the lead yourself. If it’s the latter, you can organise a potluck where everybody brings a dish, which you then all enjoy. Another great idea, especially with the warm season approaching is to have a barbeque! Don’t forget beer (you can even order a keg in advance and have it waiting at the venue when you arrive), wine, and soft drinks. If you’re thinking about a theme, you can have drinks that match the party theme you’re going for.




Take an advantage of Spotify, Deezer, or SoundCloud and create or find a few playlists that you know your guests will love. Don’t just choose one with the latest most popular songs, but also think about songs that remind you of your shared moments and fun times by choosing songs that will put a smile on your guest’s faces and make them sing their heart out!



Try games like React and Act, where each of you writes down funny situations, puts the paper in a hat or bag and you each take turns drawing an action out of the hat that you then have to act out (eg. biting into a hotdog, just to realise that the sausage is actually a human finger, meeting your biggest idol of all time, getting an F in class, catching your parents having sex and so on).

Another game would be to put people into random pairs and make them play the game of how well do they know each other. Ask some weird questions and there won’t be a single straight face in the room.

You can also try the artist game where the most courageous one poses and the rest have to draw him/her in 2 minutes. Unless you’re incredible artists, these pictures will without a doubt make everybody laugh.



Last but not least, don’t forget to take pictures of your party! As stupid as it might seem at the moment, you’ll love browsing through the pictures next morning and laughing about the memorable moments from the previous night. It will also make for some great memories for years ahead. Finally, to give you some fresh social media tips, use revenant hash tags and tag your location to get more exposure (you can also use the tag #partyhouses as we’re going through the tags regularly and are happy to repost amazing pictures and share some exposure).



Have fun!


Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

Christopher | Feb 02 2017

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and it is time to think of that present you want to give to your loved one. There are several different ways that you can tackle this.

These are supposed to inspire you and potentially have you think of other ideas to give to your loved one, maybe even personalise them in your own way.

Show off your cooking skills!

Cook your them something that you know they will enjoy. Or try and be spontaneous and prove to them you can cook something new and fresh! It’s a great way to show that you are making an effort in the relationship and want to give them something special.

Create a mixtape

This may sound a little old school, but it is a great way to set the mood and demonstrate to your loved one what type of music you enjoy or what they enjoy. You can maybe add in a song that is your song. No matter how long you have been dating, this can be a cute present to give to your loved one.

Write a Love letter

Sometimes it’s hard to completely share our full inner emotions and it is easier to express them in writing. Writing about the way you felt like when you first met, or the way that the person makes you feel. It is a cherishable present that they can keep with them and read over and over again to remind themselves of your strong love.


There are so many more ideas, but here we just mentioned a few to get your ideas inspired!

Jan 05

Some Things To Bring On Your Trip


Thinking of what to bring on your wonderful weekend to one of our Party Houses? Can’t choose what sweater and other t-shirts to bring? Well, these are up to you to decide – but we can help with the rest!

Here we have tried to provide a guide for you to see what you can potentially bring in your suitcase and what we already have at our Party Houses.

Anything  consumable

You can bring all food and drink your hungry stomach desires. You can also bring BBQ coals and matches; personal toiletries etc.  There are supermarkets in the area and great places to eat as well. If you check in one of our other blog posts, we shared our guests’ insights on great restaurants in the Peak District area.

Your sentimental belongings

Depending on how long you would be staying at one of our Party Houses, you can bring some of your sentimental valued items to feel right at home.

If you have a special piece of kitchen equipment (e.g. mixer or heart shaped cake tin!) we also recommend you bring this.  We have very well stocked kitchens with pots, pans, serving dishes etc, but if you need something specific please do bring it just in case we don’t have what you need!


This may sound a bit cliché, but bring yourself and your beautiful smile. Sometimes, us, human beings, get caught up in all of the technology and our busy lifestyles. We need to zoom out and truly appreciate what we have and what you really need. Visiting and staying at one of our Party Houses is the perfect way to truly reconnect with your loved ones and a take a break from your busy lifestyle.

Hope you enjoyed our short blog post about what to bring to our Party Houses, if you can think of any other items that would be helpful to the newcomers, please do share!

Dec 22

Stag Party Ideas


Sometimes it’s hard to think what you and your friends might want to do for your stag party ideas. There is a large variety of active outdoor activities for your and your friends to do.

Get the heart pumping with something different activities like Paintballing, Alton Towers and Quad biking all under 45 minutes away from our fantastic accommodation, you can be sure that you have the opportunity to get your heart racing. If your stag party fancies something a little more extreme, why not Hangliding, Rock Climb or go Clay pigeon shooting, at locations nearby?

You can even hire clay pigeon shooting or archery at your Party House! Paintballing: 35 minutes away; Alton Towers: 20 minutes away; Quad Biking: 35 minutes away; Roaches rock climbing: 10 minutes away & Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery: At your Party House 

Our properties are all based in the incredible Peak District, away from the hustle and bustle of busy life, with incredible countryside walks straight from the front door. You can enjoy private dining at your chosen Party House, with your own Chef and waitresses serving you dinner. After a big night (and maybe a lazy lie in) a great walk in the Peak District followed by lunch at our famous local country pub, could be a perfect way to spend time together.

Stunning Peak District walks from your doorChester Horseraces: 50 minutes away; Golf: 4 clubs within 20 minutes & Lots of local cycle paths to explore the Peak District.

Party Houses is the perfect Stag do UK accommodation for those who want a unique stag experience! We cater for between 12 to 40 stags in 7 different venues. Situated in the stunning Peak District (the heart of England, 1.5 hours from London to the closest station) with lots of activities under an hour away, our Stag Party Houses are the perfect UK location for a Stag do! From relaxing walks in the Peak District followed by a brewery tour and beer tasting, to an adrenaline day at Alton Towers and a night out in the town, there is so much to do your guests won’t forget about your stag party any time soon.

Our UK Stag Party Houses are close to Stoke, Derby and Manchester, so it’s easy for you to hit the clubs with your friends. Worried about drinking and driving? Hire a minivan to take you there, or you can even stay in! Our Party Houses are designed for that, accommodating large Fridge Freezers to store your own beer and wine, so you don’t have to pay heavy prices! Finally why not head down to the Wincle Brewery and spend a day learning how to make your own Beer – of course being able to take it home after. You can even order a keg for your arrival! Clubbing: 20 minutes Stoke 40 minutes Derby, 60 minutes ManchesterWincle Brewing: 10 minutes away; Rent out a keg of beer, delivered to your Party House before you arrive (a popular choice).

Hope you enjoyed this blog post and comment below if you were a previous guest and found some other activities to do! 🙂

Dec 07

Make That New Year’s Resolution Stick


Every year we always set a different New Year’s Resolution, praying and hoping that we are going to keep it this time, but do we actually end up keeping it? It’s hard to make sure that we keep those resolutions and ensure that we become successful in implementing them.

Here are some tactics to make sure your New Year’s Resolution this year will actually stick. If you follow these tricks on solidifying it, it will soon become a habit. Isn’t that essentially the goal of all of our New Year’s Resolutions? Sometimes, it takes us a year to engrave something into our routine and rituals that we do daily.


You need to be specific with your goal and know what exactly you want to get out of your New Year’s Resolution. The more specific it is, the more likely you are to keep it. When you say something general and vague, for example “start working out,” that is not specific enough. Try and make it as specific as you can; for example, “work out 30 minutes – twice a week.” That way you will be able to understand exactly what your goal is and if you can actually keep it for 365 days.


This ties into the point I discussed above. Make certain calculations and see for yourself if you are able to keep this promise to yourself. Using the same example as above, working out for 30 minutes, twice a week – does it really fit into your schedule? Write it into your planner and find a specific time for it and then you will be able to know for sure that it can be done. Being realistic about your NYR will increase your chances of being able to keep it.


Why have you decided to lose weight? Spend more time with your friends and family (Party Houses is a good solution for that hehe), take more daily vitamins? Think about what you want your end result to be and then make a final decision from there.Understand where this goal is coming from and what you truly want to get out of it. Then you will know your motivational levels to see if you want to keep it or not.


Nov 24

Who’s Counting Down the Days Until Christmas?


November is coming to an end, but this means that the Christmas joy and festivities are only just beginning. Sometimes it can be hard to get into that Christmas mood, but doing a little something to remind you of that the special day is coming, can put a smile on your face everyday. 

First things first.



So we suggest either doing one of these things (or both – if you have all the time in the world). No matter how old you are, buying a chocolate countdown calendar can remind you of all the fond memories of when you were a child – AND, who doesn’t like chocolate? It is especially exciting for the children; opening a small chocolate surprise everyday until the big day, is a fun activity to do. That sense of surprise of what chocolate character you will get on what day, gives you that exact excitement you need to feel the joy and happiness for Christmas Day.

You can also create your own Christmas Countdown Calendar. Everyday starting from December 1st, 2016 – December 25th 2016, you can do a little special something to get yourself in the mood. For example, some creative ideas can be wrapping a new christmas book to read to your children; go Christmas caroling, go to Sunday mass with Christmas themed, make some homemade hot cocoa, and so many other great ideas that I am sure you and your family can think of to get you into just the right joyous christmas spirit!



It’s hard to get into the Christmas mood if your house is not decorated in one way or another before the special day. Some people put their Christmas tree up and decorations on Christmas Eve, while other families set it all up the first week of December. Do what your typical family tradition is, because Christmas is also about family traditions and surrounding yourself with the ones you cherish the most. We suggest you start setting up the decorations the first week of December. At Party Houses we make sure to decorate our venues from mid December on, so that our guests can enjoy the christmas spirit. 

Put up those Christmas cards and set up that beautiful christmas tree. Additional ideas for decorating can be cutting out snowflakes, just with paper and scissors. You can have them stick them up on the window. This can be a great and fun activity for the kids to do and have them decorate with something they created and designed.



Why do you see so many people in the gym after January? Because everyone made it their New Year’s Resolution to start the year off with getting fit for the summer after eating all of the cookies, cakes and delicious baked goods during Christmas time. What other time is it really excusable to indulge into the delightful baking, that Christmas brings? Yes, you do have Birthdays and so forth, but it would be considered a tad weird to bake 30+ cookies, cupcakes, and cakes and other such goodies. Christmas is the time to fully indulge in all the baking your little heart desires. In one of our previous blog posts we posted about our special family recipes that we use for that Christmas dinner/party with the entire family, so feel free to check that out if you need some baking ideas. 

For those guests that are coming to us over the christmas period, don’t forget that you have the opportunity to bring in a fantastic caterer who can cook a delicious meal for your and your family. Take a look at this link to see caterers that have been recommended to us.

Hope you enjoyed our tactics about getting excited about Christmas. If you have any additional thoughts or tactics that you and your family have been using for generations, don’t hesitate to comment here below, we would love to hear them!

Nov 10

Family Friendly Pubs in the Peak District


To top off your evening with a lovely dinner in a cozy pub within the stunning Peak District National Park is the best way to have a relaxing holiday with your loved one while staying at one of our unique Party Houses. 

We have compiled some of our guests’ favourite pubs to go to, to have a great meal, relax and just enjoy the views and beauty of the infamous Peak District National Park.

RED LION – Waterfall

Here you have a traditional country pub in the charming village of Waterfall. With lovely traditional home cooked food, you will be able to feel right at home. If you are planning to stay at one of our Party Houses on Christmas Eve (Saturday 24th December, 2016), the Red Lion is doing a “Visit from Santa,” so bring your kids along for a lovely evening with Santa Claus. Hope to see you there!

Contact:|Tel: 01538 308279 | 


THE LAZY TROUT – Meerbrook

After a day walking around Meerbrook lake, take a rest and relax in this wonderful pub. They are passionate about fresh food and local ales. Checkout everything they have to offer on their Facebook Page and don’t forget to take a look at their specialty dishes as well!

Contact: Tel:+44 1538 300385|[email protected]| (FB)


Choose to eat in this cozy and warm pub with a colourful beer garden, located in the picturesque village of Wincle, near Macclesfield, and you will be very content, we promise. They also have several different varieties of dishes catering for vegetarians and gluten-free diets. Perhaps afterwards, you can go and visit the nearby trout farm, and pick out some trout for dinner.

Contact:|Tel:+44 1538 300385

KNOT INN – Macclesfield

If you are planning your upcoming stay in Toft Hall, you have to checkout this inn nearby. It is a lovely walk from Toft Hall over the gorgeous Peak District, with some stunning views on the way over, definitely worth your time. The Knot Inn offers home cooked food and serve four cask ales as well. With the warmth of their fireplaces, they will give you the true cozy winter feel you have been looking for.

Contact:|Tel: 01260227217|Email on website

Hope you enjoyed our list of pubs that we truly adore and that our previous guests have enjoyed as well in the past!


Oct 27

Happy, Happy Halloween


“August is fine, September is keen, but wake me up when it’s Halloween” 

Halloween is this weekend! (Well, this upcoming Monday) but we all know you will be celebrating it this weekend with your beloved friends and family. 

Halloween is a joyous time for children and their cravings for candy. It’s the only time of the year where it is socially acceptable to take candy from a stranger AND get a huge bag full of it.

We thought we would try to excite the children into other ways of receiving candy, through some fun activities and healthy competition with their friends.

Below, we have compiled a list of some spooky activities that can be done either in the comfort of your own home or outside in your garden, with your friends and family.

mummy-wrap-halloween-gameMummy Relay Race

Divide the children into groups of 2-3 (depending on how many children there are at the party), and have one wrap the other up like a mummy with toilet paper – (you may have to buy a lot of toilet paper for this activity..).

Have the children participate in a mummy race, where the first mummy that gets to the finish line, WINS! You can even have them win a prize or give them gummy worms – mummies love worms.

Feed the Monster Game

feed-the-monster-halloween-game-7This can come in handy if you have an empty cardboard box laying around your house, or if you have recently moved homes! Use this empty cardboard box to style it up like a monster – you can have the children help you decorate it, as well.

Get some bean bags, around 5 or so, and you use the monster as a bean-bag toss. Have the children take turns throwing bean bags into the monster’s ‘mouth’.

Spiderweb Walking Game

021Using any coloured tape that you desire, you can tape your floor or carpet with the design of a spider web and have the kids walk on the lines, attempting to balance themselves and see for how long they can stay balanced on the web.

You can have the children avoid obstacles on the way and win rewards, without ‘falling off’. This is great with a younger and smaller age group and if it’s rainy outside.

Halloween Cookies

You can either ba063011_campolympics01_t990ke Halloween cookies, or buy some store bought halloween designed ones, if you don’t have time.

Place the cookie on the contestant’s forehead and tell them to wiggle their face (no hands!), to try and get the cookie into their mouth.

This can be used for an older age group as well! This can be done outside, or even inside the house, whichever you prefer. 


Hope you enjoyed our list of these playful Halloween activities to do for your kids and family, and have a Happy, Happy Halloween!

Oct 17

Our Family Christmas Dessert Recipes!


Christmas is coming, and it’s coming fast. We know how stressful it can be to organize and get the family and friends together, but it all ends up being worth the stress when you eat that delicious dessert you have been planning to bake for you and your guests. The dessert is the last food that your guests will be eating after you wonderfully cooked meal, so make sure you’re planning to top off the evening with a bang! 

We have provided a couple of our favourite family baking recipes during this amazing holiday season! We decided to choose quality over quantity, which is why we only provided you with 3 top recipes that your guests will enjoy!

3 Special Recipes

  1. Mince Pie
  2. Rich Christmas Cake
  3. Chocolate Orange Mousse

1. Mince Pie Recipe – Keep calm and eat mince pies…



  • 6 oz SR flour
  • 4 oz margarine
  • 1-1½ tablespoon cold water to mix
  • 1 jar of mince meats

Baking Instructions

a) Short crust pastry – Part I:

  1. Keeping everything cool, cut margarine into small pieces and rub into the flour mixture is like breadcrumbs – or use a Kenwood mixer or similar!
  2. Add the water and use knife to mix it in first, then use hands to bind it together – do not make it too wet.
  3. Turn it out onto a floured board, knead slightly to get rid of cracks. Roll it out to required thickness.
  4. If lining a tin for a flan, grease the tin and picking the pastry up with the rolling pin place over the tin and gently press onto base and sides being careful not to break the pastry.
  5. Always rest the pastry in the fridge for about an hour before baking. To bake blind, crumple some foil and put it in the pastry.
  6. Bake at 200°C for about 10 minutes then remove the foil and bake for another 2 minutes.
  7. If you are covering a pie, trim the edges and using a fork, press the edges to the tin.
  8. Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with caster sugar and then cook.

   b) Mince Pie  – Part II

  1. Grease bun tins.
  2. Roll out the short crust pastry on a floured board to thickness required.
  3. The tops of the mince pies should be slightly thicker than the bases so should be cut out first.
  4. For the tops, us a 6 cm. cutter and for the base a 7 cm. one.
  5. Cut out about 12 – 15 tops and put to one side.
  6. Roll the pastry to make it slightly thinner and cut out the same number of bases.
  7. You will probably have to gather up all the pieces of pastry, squeeze them altogether and roll out again to get the required number.
  8. Put the bases into the bun tins, pressing them into shape.
  9. Fill them with mince meat but do not overfill.
  10. Dampen the edges of the tops with water to put them on the pies and press the edges together.
  11. Put into the fridge for about an hour.
  12. Prick the tops with a knife, then brush them with milk and sprinkle caster sugar.
  13. Put into oven at 200°C until the tops are nicely brown – about 20 – 30 minutes.
  14. Carefully remove the pies and allow to cool on a wire rack.

2. Rich Christmas Cake – All I want for Christmas is you (and cake)…




  • 6oz plain flour
  • 6 oz butter
  • 10 oz currants
  • 5 oz raisins
  • 1 oz chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon treacle
  • 6 oz soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 oz sultanas
  • 2 oz glace cherries chopped
  • 1 oz crystallised ginger
  • 1 tablespoon mixed spice

Baking Instructions

  1. Grease and line a 175mm square or 200mm round cake tin and line the base with 2 layers.
  2. Tie 3 thicknesses newspapers around the outside.
  3. Cream the fat and sugar, add the beaten eggs a little at a time adding a spoonful of flour with each.
  4. Add the treacle (syrup can be used instead). Mix the spice with the flour.
  5. Put all of the fruit in a large bowl, mix thoroughly, then add 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture and mix again so that all of the fruit is covered with the flour.
  6. Add the fruit to a butter mixture and add the rest of the flour.
  7. Put it all into the tin and make sure that the mixture goes into all the corners.
  8. Put in the oven at 150°C for 1 hour, reduce the temperature at 140°C after that hour and then reduce again at 130°C for 1.5 hours.
  9. Put a knife in the middle of the cake, to see if it comes out clean, then it is ready!
  10. Leave the cake in the tin to cool.
  11. When cold, remove the tin and turn upside down.
  12. Remove the paper and prick the base with a skewer.
  13. Pour drops of rum, whisky or brandy into the holes.
  14. Keeping upside down, wrap in greaseproof paper and then foil.
  15. Allow to mature for several weeks.

Chocolate Orange Mousse – 
All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt…



  • ½ oz gelatin (1 packet)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 orange
  • 8 oz chocolate
  • 2 eggs (separated)
  • 2 oz caster sugar
  • 1 small tin evaporated milk (chilled)

Baking Instructions

  1. Grate the rind of the orange and squeeze out the juice.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the juice and sprinkle gelatin on it.
  3. Stir, leave until spongy, then stand bowl in saucepan of hot water until all the gelatin has dissolved.
  4. Melt 8 oz chocolate (do not boil)
  5. Whisk 2 egg whites in a large bowl
  6. Add 2 oz caster sugar slowly, beating all the time.
  7. Whisk the evaporated milk until thick.
  8. Stir the 2 egg yolks and mix the chocolate.
  9. Add the orange peel.
  10. Add to the egg white mixing well.
  11. Add the evaporated milk and the gelatine (slightly warm).
  12. Put into a serving dish and into the fridge until set.
  13. Decorate with cream.

Start planning now and practice, practice these recipes, so they can be baked perfectly, without rookie mistakes, when you have your big group get-together in one of our Party Houses!


Oct 05

The Peak District – The Ultimate Family Destination


Did you know that the Peak District was Britain’s first national park?

With an honor such as this one, who wouldn’t want to go and visit its pure beauty?

One of the simplest and most effortless choices is to spend quality time with your loved ones. As you might know, the little ones can get bored very easily. So to ensure that both the parents and the kids can have a fantastic and fun time, we have compiled a list of some of the great activities to do with the family.



Take a Walk On The Wild Side!
If you and your family are wildlife enthusiasts, go and visit the Peak Wildlife Park. You will be given the chance to have your kids see some lemurs, penguins, wallabies and much, much more! Find their location, prices and contact details on their website

Leave Your Boot Tracks In The Mud!
Enjoying the scene of the wildlife can be very thrilling and exciting, but meeting and feeding farm animals while exploring the outdoors is a whole other thing! Visit the National Forest Adventure Farm! They have several different activities ranging from go-karting to “jumping pillows,” mini golf – you name it! Find their location, prices and contact details on their website.



The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen!
To enjoy the serenity of nature, or to embrace some action and excitement with adventure playgrounds and climbing walls, Trentham Gardens, is the place to go for a refreshing day out! Don’t miss out on their “Monkey Forest,” where the monkeys hang out in total freedom, what a fantastic experience! To explore what else these gardens have to offer, check out Trentham Estate’s website for additional information. 

Keep Calm and Attend The Fine Food Market:
If you want to check out the current events of what is happening every week and on the weekend, checkout the Peak District Online’s website! Every third Saturday of the month there is an adorable food market  in Leek (only 10 minutes from most of our Party Houses), where they set up various food demonstrations, as well as some musical entertainment! Great way to embrace the cultural side of the Peak District and just to stroll around and see all that it has to offer!


We hope you enjoyed our small list of things to do with your kids in the beautiful and charming Peak District!

If you want to search for any other activities or events happening during your stay, explore those websites we linked in our blog post. Also, check out our ‘ideas for your stay page’, we have an extensive list of activities that our guests can participate in while taking a breather from their daily arduous lives!