Axe throwing has become a popular pastime in recent years, and what could be more fun than throwing axes with your friends? Planning an axe throwing party is not difficult if done the right way, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. In this article, we will detail how to plan an axe throwing party that is sure to be a hit.
First, you need to find a venue that offers axe throwing. This is not as difficult as it may sound, as there are many places that now offer this activity. Generally, you can find these locations through a simple Google search. Most axe throwing venues are set up to host events and parties but it is always good to call each one specifically to get more details on details like capacity and amenities they can offer.
Axe throwing trailers that come to you
Another thing to think about is the fact that there are businesses that offer mobile axe throwing trailers so they can bring the axe throwing to your party instead of having to bring the party to the venue. These generally are between 500-1000 dollars, but that can depend based on location and amount of time.
Guest List and Invitations
Once you have found the perfect venue, it is time to start planning your guest list. This is entirely up to you; I’ve seen people have an absolute blast with only 3 people, but we recommend inviting at least 8 people so that everyone has a partner for throwing. It is definitely important to see if there is a recommended limit or capacity for a specific location. Some venues can handle larger groups while others can do it, but it won’t be as enjoyable since you won’t have any time to throw.
Once you have your guest list finalized, it is time to send out invitations! You can either hand them out or if you’re feeling crafty, there are some great designs online that you can print and mail. Personally, I think having axe themed invitations just makes it seem that much better. Have your invitations shaped like a hatchet or axe. You can always send an e-vite which lets you get even more creative with gifs, videos, and animations!
Arrival Time and Food
When deciding what time to have your party start, you need to factor in time for everyone to arrive and get settled. It is also a good idea to have some food available for guests when they arrive. This doesn’t have to be anything big or fancy, just some snacks and light appetizers. Personally, I always go with the classic veggie plate, cheese and crackers. Light, easy, and most importantly, cheap. You can also arrange to have pizza delivered once everyone has arrived and is ready to start throwing axes. Again pizza is great because it’s cheap and a crowd pleasure for food.
It is always a good idea to have non-alcoholic beverages available for guests, especially if you plan on serving alcohol. Water is always a good choice, or you could set up a drink station with some fun drinks like punch or lemonade. If you do plan on serving alcohol, be sure to have plenty of mixers and non-alcoholic beverages available as well. It’s also important to make sure that everyone has a designated driver or has arranged for transportation ahead of time.
A BIG MISTAKE TO AVOID. Know if your venue provides alcohol or if they allow you to BYOB. You should know exactly what they allow. Is it beer and wine only? Do they have hard alcohol are you allowed to bring hard alcohol? Depending on your state, some will have very strict regulations, so it’s always important to ask!
What to Wear
We wrote a whole other blog post on what to wear when throwing axes. But when you get down to it, there really is only one rule: wear close-toed shoes! Many venues will not allow you to throw axes if you are not wearing closed-toe shoes, so this is something to keep in mind when planning your party. No one wants an axe to the foot. Beyond that, there really isn’t any specific rules around the way you dress. You can wear whatever you feel comfortable in, just remember that you will be doing a lot of physical activity so dress accordingly.
Now that you have all the logistics out of the way, it’s time to start thinking about the fun stuff! Here are some ideas to make your axe throwing party even more enjoyable.
Make sure you have an axe throwing coach to help teach
This is especially important if you have guests who have never thrown an axe before. An axe throwing coach will be able to teach everyone the proper axe throwing technique and safety procedures. They will also be able to help keep the party running smoothly and answer any questions that your guests may have.
Arrange for a few fun games or competitions
Games and competitions are a great way to add some excitement to your party. There are a lot of different games that you can play, so be sure to talk to your axe throwing coach about what would be best for your group. It is always fun to get competitive and officially track a few games or even have a quick round-robin tournament.
Arrive Early to Warm Up
If you’re anything like me, you get really nervous before doing something new. So one thing I like to do is arrive early to my party so that I can have a few practice throws. This also gives you time to get a feel for the venue and axes. If you have any friends who are already familiar with axe throwing, see if they can arrive early as well to help you warm up.
Create a Target Competition
One way to add a little bit of friendly competition to your party is to create a target competition. This is where everyone tries to hit a specific target, and the person who gets closest wins a prize. This is a great way to get everyone involved and excited about throwing axes.
What’s a party without some fun photos? Have a designated area set up with props for your guests to take photos in front of. This is a great way to capture memories from your party, and it gives your guests something to do in between turns throwing axes.
As you can see, there is a lot that goes into planning an axe throwing party. But don’t let that stop you from having a great time. Just take it one step at a time, and before you know it, your party will be in full swing.