valet parking/shuttle for a party?
I'm looking ahead to the holidays and trying to figure out how to handle parking for a party dh wants to give (mostly for people from work.) When we hosted large parties (50+ guests) before, we lived in homes where there was sufficient parking with a 1/2 block, and our driveways were relatively flat.
Now we have a very steep, long driveway. There's room for seven cars on the driveway (various parking pads near the garages) without anyone being blocked. There's room to park in front of an empty lot on one side and a vacant house on the other side, plus our lot, which should handle about 18 cars. However, most women won't want to make the trek up our driveway in heels and some of the guests might have trouble with the steep slope. There's also a small parking lot within the neighborhood that can hold about 20 cars.
During past Parade of Homes events, some builders hired shuttle services to ferry people up and down the driveways. I'm thinking of looking into a valet parking service that could also provide that sort of shuttle.
Have any of you used valet parking for parties? Were there any problems? Would you advise your guests in the invitations so that they could be prepared to hand over just their car key & not their whole keyring? (I never hand over house or other keys, and assume others wouldn't want to, either.) For approx. 60 - 70 guests, do you think it would be sufficient to hire two men, one to park and one to run the shuttle? Or would you think that two shuttles and two parking attendants would be needed? Any other tips would be appreciated.