Venues, Tips, and Tricks: Hosting Elsewhere

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.
ParkOpen, outdoor space, and minimal necessary décorToo large for intimacy & weather risk
CaféYou 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 centercentral to where are others coming fromGeneric & not personal
Apartment or neighborhood common spaceClose to your apartment / larger space, easy bathrooms and kitchen spaceNot 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.

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.

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Howdy! I'm Nick Gray. Most people know me as the Founder of Museum Hack. I wrote a book, The 2-Hour Cocktail Party, about making new friends and building big relationships through small gatherings.