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Mastering Party Planning: Your Ultimate Guide

Mastering Party Planning: Your Ultimate Guide

25 April 2024

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Mastering Party Planning: Your Ultimate Guide

So, are you are the lucky person who has been tasked with organising a special event? Whether it is a birthday party, an anniversary party, engagement party or even a surprise party, our expert party and event team have some top tips on how you can plan the party of the year! 

We understand it like no one else, that no matter what the event is, the pressure to make it a success is real, right? There are so many factors to consider from location, accessibility, catering options, entertainment, accommodation, decorations the list can go on and on. 

Well, fear not! Party planning just so happens to be  one of our favourite things to do and we can make  sure that it’s a simple stress-free process for you, so all that’s left for you to do are the fun tasks such as creating the guest list, sending invitations, and of course choosing your outfit (that’s definitely up there with one of the important things! ) and simply turn up ready to have a brilliant night! 

Let us look at the party planning essentials to ensure it is a party to remember…. 



Location – Location is key 

Location is so important when choosing a venue to host your party. If you have people travelling from all over, you are going to need a venue that is close to transport links and not too far from the motorway, making it simple for people to find and avoid getting lost in a town/city they are not familiar with.  

You also must think about parking. A venue with no parking can be a nightmare for your guests, often resulting in them having to go to the trouble of searching for an alternative place to park which can sometimes be quite a distance from the venue.  

Luckily, here at Mercure Bolton, we are located just 0.5 miles from the M61 and less than 5 minutes by car from the train station. We also have safe, secure, and complimentary on-site parking for up to 300 cars, so there is no getting lost and no need to find parking which can be costly elsewhere. 

Catering – Create an unforgettable feast 

Have you ever been to a party that was great, but the food let it down and then you spend most of the night starving thinking about which take away you can stop at on the way home?  

Food is a huge part of any event and is always something that your guests will comment on, so it is important to put the effort in to planning this part of your party and give your guests something to remember for all the right reasons.  

Here at Mercure Bolton, we offer a wide range of catering options that are guaranteed to leave an impression on your guests. And we do not do things by halves round here, so no matter which option you choose, our food does not just   taste great, but it is presented in a way that will get your guests taking photos for the ‘gram or Snapchat before tucking in to their food.  

We offer hot and cold buffets with generous portions, so you do not need to have the dreaded fear of running out of food. We offer street food that is served in a unique authentic way in line with the options that you have chosen, we offer grazing tables that look incredible and give that sense of opulence to any event whilst giving your guests the option to nibble away at their leisure. Whatever catering options you are after for your event, you can rest assured that we have got you covered! 

Décor It is all about the details 

Let us be honest, no one wants to go to a party that looks boring, void, and bland.  The décor is what is going to really turn your party in to a vibe!  

There are so many ways to transform our suites into the perfect setting for any celebration. From elegant and sophisticated centrepieces, fun and vibrant balloon displays, ceiling decorations and of course, our favourite, the use of clever ambiance lighting. 

We can offer you different ideas to align with your theme and budget to ensure that your party stand out from the rest. You also benefit from having a dedicated venue dresser with a showroom on-site so you can come in to see what your party could look like!

Accommodation & Accessibility – For guests who want to make a night of it! 

You may have guests that live far away that you really want to be at your event but it’s too far for them to drive to and from in one day. Well fear not! Everyone is invited to your party with us as we will offer your guests discounted bedrooms for the night of your party. This is convenience at its best.  

We have 91 bedrooms at Mercure Bolton with a range of twin, double, family, and accessible bedrooms. We also include breakfast and access to our spa facilities so they can really unwind before they make the journey home. 

All our suites are fully accessible with accessible toilets located nearby so no one must miss the fun! 


Exterior shot of Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel, building and gardens

Plan your perfect party now!

So, there you have it! Planning the perfect party does not have to be stressful. With the help of our dedicated team here at Mercure Bolton, you can sit back, relax, and let us work our magic because when it comes to planning the ultimate party, we have got you covered! 


Contact our events team

For more information, please call our events team on 01942 850914 or email 

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