2005 is starting off as a banner year for events. I receive two or three calls a week from desperate people who can’t find an available location to hold their event, particularly during the summer. Many people look in the Yellow Pages or try to think of places where they may have attended an event. However, there are many other less well-known places that rent their facilities for special events. By thinking creatively, you may find an affordable location that is still available.
The most obvious locations that host events in the Boise area are hotels, the Idaho Botanical Gardens, the Boise Depot, the Bishop’s House, golf clubs, city parks, and wineries. Not everyone is aware that the Boise Art Museum, the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Center, and the Idaho Shakespeare Theater rent their facilities for summer events. Grange halls, fraternal halls (Eagles, Elks, etc.), Legion halls, community rooms in apartment and condo complexes, some senior citizens centers, and private schools also make their facilities available to the public. Many of these places have tables and chairs and other items that you can use at little or no additional cost.
You might also hold your event in the yard of a private home. Be aware, however, that this is not an inexpensive alternative. Unless your event is very small, you may need to rent tables, chairs, linens, a canopy to protect from the sun, and porta-potties. Other things to consider are: Will the homeowners want caterers using their kitchen? Is adequate parking available? Will the neighbors complain about noise or cars?
When comparing locations be sure to look for things such as kitchen space, restrooms (at some public locations your guests must use porta-potties), shade or air conditioning, and parking. If you will be taking photos, look for attractive backgrounds.
With a bit of dilligence you should be able to find a suitable location for your special event.