Last updated: January 17, 2023
You can still throw parties even if hosting at home is not a possibility.
Try these, and please email me if you have any suggestions to add.
- A park.
- The café of a local museum.
- A library or community center.
- Your apartment or neighborhood common space or game room.
- Your office.
|Park||Open, outdoor space, and minimal necessary décor||Too large for intimacy & weather risk|
|Café||You can choose items from menu, staff to serve foods and drinks, and no venue preparations||Café cost and other people using the venue|
|Library or community center||central to where are others coming from||Generic & not personal|
|Apartment or neighborhood common space||Close to your apartment / larger space, easy bathrooms and kitchen space||Not private, may disturb your neighbors, cleaning everything yourself|
The easiest and most common solution is to find a friend or colleague who will let you use their home for your party. If you go that route, please review these tips and tricks when throwing a party with a co-host.
Other Hosting Location Ideas
In another article on my site, a digital nomad named Shaggy talks about lots of venue ideas and how to host a party when you don’t have a home.
Read that article here. Here are a few more of his examples:
Maybe your town doesn’t have a coworking spot, a hotel lobby, or an easily accessible public park. Here are a few other location or venue ideas to host your gathering.
- Friends Houses: You could bribe your friends with some cookies or beer to persuade them to let you use their space. And tell them about the amazing people they will be able to meet! If they still say no, offer to clean their house before and after the party.
- Restaurants: Look for restaurants with a section that has a standing area without loud music.Shaggy has met some people who walk into restaurants and ask the staff “what nights are usually the slowest?” Then they offer to bring in at least 15 people that night and ask to have a little section of the restaurant closed off for their party (free of charge).
- Rent an Airbnb or Peerspace: A classy way to make a cocktail party happen! Make sure in the details of the Airbnb rental that you are allowed to host a party of 15 people. Peerspace is another option, most commonly used in North America, for event spaces that are specifically designed for hosting events. But they can be expensive.
- Hotel Lobbies or Hotel Bars: Tons of places are open 7 days a week and have slow weeknights. The perfect opportunity for you! One of Shaggy’s friends reserved a conference room at a hotel by committing to buy 100 PBRs for $1 each.
Tips and Tricks
- Name tags: While name tags are always important, they’re especially important when you’re hosting an event outside your home. In a shared space like at a park or in a café, name tags become a visual unifier for your group. They’ll make it easier to identify your guests within the shared space.
Note: The best place to host your party is probably still at your home. Chapter 3 of my book goes deep on this – including rebuttals to many objections you may have.