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Party Ideas

The ultimate party ideas: our complete guide

Sarah P 02 March 2021

Parties come in all different shapes, forms, and sizes but one thing they all have in common is a reason to celebrate. Here at Big Domain, we are experts when it comes to celebrating special occasions in big venues! With over 1,000 large houses to rent sleeping eight right up to 49, we can inspire your party ideas and help you arrange a celebration to remember. 

We don’t just mean glamorous parties in a fancy ballroom (although we can cater for that too), but we’re talking about family gatherings, garden parties, BBQs, movie nights, and vino with friends. So, whether you’re celebrating a milestone birthday, a big anniversary, hen, or stag party, or maybe even a wedding, we have put together this ultimate party planning guide packed full of party ideas and useful resources to help you with every element of arranging a big celebration in one of our luxurious party houses.

What are you celebrating? 

Milestone birthdays 

One of the most common reasons we see large groups book party houses and group accommodation through Big Domain is to celebrate a milestone birthday. Whether it’s a lavish dinner and a glamorous ball for a 40th celebration in a big country house or a low-key family BBQ in a coastal retreat celebrating 60 years, milestone birthdays are well-worth pulling out all the stops and celebrating in style!  

Hen and stag parties 

We see a lot of hen and stag parties come to us in search of the perfect party house for all kinds of pre-wedding celebrations. Nowadays, they are often a little more low-key than the traditional boozy blow-out, albeit a bit longer! Nights have turned into long weekends and activities have evolved from cocktails and dancing (although that may come into it too) into outdoor activities, trying new skills, relaxing and exploring too!

hen parties

Hen party planning

All the top tips, tricks and ideas for organising a hen party that offers the perfect measure of fun and excitement with glamour and relaxation. 

stag parties

Stag party ideas

We've sourced some of the top stag do ideas for sophisticated groups of men looking to organise a final send-off without leaving the UK. 


Sten party ideas

With a rise in ‘sten’ parties, it’s not unheard of for a stag and hen to combine their pre-wedding celebration and, actually, we think it can make a lot of sense. Not only is it a good way to save some money, but it gives you the chance to get to know each other’s friends, or to spend time with a joint group of pals, some of whom may even be married to each other. 

engagement party

Engagement party

Momentous news like this deserves to be celebrated! With more and more couples leaving big gaps between their engagement and the big day, there’s plenty of time to squeeze in multiple celebrations, and who doesn’t want to show off their dazzling engagement ring? From sophisticated soirees in grand country houses to laid-back glamping experiences, there are lots of ways to celebrate an engagement!

anniversary party

Anniversary party ideas

The years after your wedding fly by, but your anniversary gives you the chance to stop and celebrate  – especially if it’s a landmark anniversary! It’s likely your family will have grown a little by now so it’s the perfect opportunity to gather together and celebrate with a weekend away. You could even renew your vows or perhaps throw an elaborate black-tie event for friends and family to raise a glass to 40 years.


Whether it’s getting the whole family back together under one roof, celebrating birthdays past or upcoming anniversaries, hiring a large house can take the pressure off one host and you can share the load.

how to plan a party

How to plan a party

Have you found yourself in charge of arranging a friend’s hen party, your grandparents' anniversary, or mum’s 60th? We've written an essential guide on how to plan a party in a large house to help your celebration run smoothly. It is packed full of useful tips and ideas for organising all kinds of big celebrations, no matter whether you’re catering for ten or 40 guests.  

party houses

Party houses

Spectacular properties are our forte, so if you are looking for somewhere with the wow factor then you are in the right place. Our party houses come with exciting features like hot tubs, swimming pools, games rooms, home cinemas and some even have ballrooms, bars and their own pub! Start your search with our pick of the ultimate party houses.


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Feeling equipped with plenty of party ideas and ready to plan the ultimate party or big celebration? If you haven't already, it's time to book your dream party house to ensure you have the perfect venue to celebrate in style.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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