How to Host in Your RV

Everyone loves a good party. However, many people seem to believe that a good party can’t be had when you’re staying in an RV. Fortunately, this just isn’t true. In fact, some of the very best parties can be found in campgrounds and RV parks.

If you’re wanting to have a party, but will be in a camper and feel unsure about whether your celebration would be a success, we say go for it! After all, a party that is a bit different from the norm is sure to be memorable, and most people are happy to get together and celebrate, no matter where the celebration happens to be.

Below are some quick tips about how to make sure your guests are well taken care of. Beyond that, it’s all about having a great time with your friends and family.

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Outdoor Parties at RV Parks

The first (and usually the best) option when having a celebration in an RV park is to head outside. We all know indoor RV space is a bit limited, and by heading outdoors, you can spread out a bit more.

That said, because parties can get a bit noisy, it’s best to check with the campground host about quiet hours and ensure your party isn’t breaking any rules. On top of that, you will want to be sure to contain your celebration to your own site and the campground public areas. Of course, you must also be willing to share those public areas with others unless you rent an area that is to be used exclusively for your gathering.

Aside from figuring out where and when to have your party, there are a few other things to keep in mind when planning an outside gathering. The first is weather. If it is rainy or even super sunny during your gathering, one great option is to put out the RV awning. That said, this awning will only cover so many people, and a larger group may require a bigger covering of some sort.

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The wind is another thing to consider. Tablecloth weights are very useful if the wind does pose a problem, and heavier tableware may be necessary as well.

Finally, you’ll need to consider outdoor seating for your guests. If your guests are also RVers, asking them to bring their own folding chairs is perfectly acceptable. Otherwise, you may want to ask about borrowing some extra picnic tables from other sites for your event.

Looking for games to play at your outdoor campground party? Consider lawn games such as horseshoes. These are fun for everyone, pack away easily, and can be set up almost anywhere.

Having an Indoor Campground Party

Of course, there are certain times when you may want to hold your party indoors. In this case you have two options: take the fun into your RV, or use one of the RV park buildings.

In some instances, the campground buildings can be used for free as long as you understand that others may be coming and going. However, most parks will require that you pay a rental fee to use their space.

If you choose to take your indoor celebration into your rig, you’ll obviously want to keep the guest list relatively small. A large, luxury RV may be able to easily accommodate as many as 15 or even 20 people, but most RVs will not comfortably hold that many. Still, by using some clever tables for small spaces and planning activities such as board games that don’t require much movement, you should be able to have a good time inside your rig with a small group of people.

Planning to head to one of the campground buildings? Great! Most RV parks will have everything you need in terms of furniture, and some will even allow you to use their kitchen, meaning you can avoid cooking large portions in your tiny RV kitchen. That said, you will want to make sure to clarify what exactly is included in your rental.

RV Tailgate Parties

One of the most popular types of parties to have in an RV is a tailgating party. In fact, some people even rent RVs purely for the purpose of tailgating.

If you plan to have tailgating party, there are a few special tips you’ll want to keep in mind:

  1. Park near a public restroom. Because you don’t have hookups, your water supply is limited and your black tank can fill up pretty quick with a big crowd.
  2. Fuel up the generator, set out the solar panel, and have extra fuel on hand. You’re going to want electricity, and having these things on hand will ensure you do.
  3. Bring extension cords. Most of the day will probably be spent outside. You will almost certainly need to plug something in while you’re out there, so bring extension cords.
  4. Put out a cooler. Having people walking in and out of the rig to get things from the fridge is just plain silly and opening the fridge too often will leave you with warm beverages.

Camping Recipes and Other Food Ideas for Parties

Everyone knows that no party is complete without some good food. Unfortunately, prepping large amounts of food in an RV kitchen is not exactly easy. Therefore, if you can’t get access to the campground kitchen, you’ll need to get creative. Fortunately, there are options for feeding large groups while RV camping.

Take the cooking outside — The first option is to take everything outside. Have a cookout and try one of these awesome campfire or grill recipes.

Prep in advance — There is also the option of prepping as much food as possible in advance. These recipes are great party foods that can be made a day or two before.

Have a potluck — Finally, there is the option of making your gathering a potluck. This is the easiest option and gives you some nice variety.

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