Plan the Party at the Park This Year

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by Nicole on February 21, 2011 · 1 comment

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If your kids have summer or spring birthdays or you live in an area where the weather is fairly warm year-round, one of the easiest ways to have a birthday party is to have it at the park. Your entertainment is built in and the cleanup is much easier, and you will be surprised at how affordable a park birthday party can be.

If you are interested in this type of birthday party, the first step is choosing a park. Consider the facilities you will need, like access to drinking water, restrooms, open play areas, shelters, and a playground. Then, contact your local park district to make the reservations. You will want to reserve the shelter several months in advance to ensure you get your preferred party date.

For food, keep things simple. If you plan the party at a time that is not normally considered a mealtime, you can offer cake or cupcakes and a small snack, rather than a full meal. Your children’s friends will be too busy playing to want to sit down and eat, anyways, so this could work out well both for your budget and for the party guests. Try to avoid foods that need refrigeration, as this can be a challenge at an outdoor party.

Have someone who can help you at the party, because you will need to leave an adult with the shelter, food, and party gifts while the children play. If you decide to have a game or two, consider options like piñatas that work well outdoors. But realistically, the park itself will provide all necessary entertainment, so you can just sit back and enjoy your child’s special day.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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Angie February 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm

We used to have my nieces birthday at the park. It was nice to be outside and the play equipment kept the kids busy and occupied so the adults could relax. Plus the food was super cheap. You can not get any cheaper than hot dogs and burgers really!

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