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Indoor vs. Outdoor Parties

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

Are you planning to throw an indoor or outdoor party? Both types of parties can be tons of fun. However, you need to know the pros and cons of each to decide which is best suited for your upcoming gathering.

Pros and Cons of Outdoor Parties

The upshot of getting together outside with your friends or family is that you can spread out and enjoy the fresh air. Unless you have a small lawn or backyard, you probably have some room for fun games such as badminton or bocce. If you have a swimming pool, your partygoers can take quick dips throughout your time together.

Another advantage of outdoor parties is that you can talk with everyone while working at the grill. If you’re making your favorite slow-grilled brisket or pulled pork outside during an indoor get-together, you might miss some of the excitement.

Of course, outdoor parties aren’t all sunshine and warm breezes. Depending on the time of year, you could end up not having an outdoor party at all. Rain and sudden shifts in the weather can stifle outside gatherings quickly. You also need to consider insects and extreme heat. No one wants to get a bug in their coleslaw or leave with a bad sunburn.

Pros and Cons of Indoor Parties

A huge benefit of indoor parties is being able to hold them at any time of the year. As long as people can make it safely to your door, they can join the excitement. Plus, even if it’s nighttime, the inside of your house will always be comfortable and well-lit.

Just because you’re hosting an indoor party doesn’t mean you can’t play games, either. Game tables such as foosball, air hockey and pool attract guests. You may even end up with an impromptu table tennis tournament on your hands.

Another benefit of indoor get-togethers is that you can serve food close to the kitchen. Cleanup is a breeze when you don’t have to keep going from the outside to the inside to gather dirty dishes or retrieve food items.

Keep in mind that indoor parties aren’t always the perfect choice. For instance, you may have a smaller home with a big backyard. In that case, your guests might like to spread out in the yard rather than feel too restricted inside. Another consideration is that indoor parties may not allow you to invite everyone you’d like. Again, this is where space can become an issue.

A Mixture of Indoor and Outdoor Parties

Are you waffling between throwing an indoor or outdoor party? A good compromise could be to host a party that’s a little of both.

For example, you could always have a party with exterior and interior seating and eating spaces. That way, guests can decide if they’d rather hang out under the picnic table umbrella next to the hot tub or play some poker in your newly decked out den.

As a side note, indoor and outdoor gatherings can be good if you’re not sure the weather will fully cooperate. It won’t matter if the clouds open up — just have everyone move inside until the showers pass and you can safely head outdoors again.

Make Your Indoor Party More Fun With HB Home

No matter if you choose an indoor or outdoor setting for your next event with friends or family, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Always have more food and drinks on hand than you think you’ll need and make sure you have enough entertainment for everyone. If you don't have enough chairs, invest in comfy seating. You should also provide a secure place for people to change if they'll be swimming.

There’s no right or wrong choice between an indoor or outdoor party. Pick one or both and show everyone all the spaces available so they can decide where to sit. If you need to make your house indoor-party ready, HB Home can help furnish the fun. Browse our products today, including games and stools.

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