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My Daughter is turning Two in May and amongst all the crazy feelings I have about having survived two years, I am keenly planning her 2nd Birthday party. Technically, this will be her first party. When she turned 1, I wasn’t too interested in throwing a party. She didn’t have any friends…except me and she wasn’t interested in anyone really…except me. Oh the joys of being a Mama!
So here we are, planning a 2nd Birthday Party at the Park!

Amongst those other Mum’s out there who have thrown parties at the park: Was it hard? Was it stressfull? How many people came along? How many do I invite? What do I feed them? ALL THE QUESTIONS!
We have decided that we will theme it: Tsum Tsum
A hotdog bar will go down well and I will only have to cook the sausages at the park.
Here is my challenge! What time of day, do I send someone down there, to “BAGZ” the spot? The most IDEAL and amazing spot. You know!? The one right next to the BBQ, in front of the playground, most amount of shade, best location. Every park has one. But only one. One spot to rule them all!
But what time to we run down to make sure we have that spot? What will I do if someone else already has it!? Oh Me oh My! This is doing my head in!
I think my poor Hubby will be sent down at 7am. Looks like we have about 40 people coming. Fingers crossed we don’t drive other park goers mad. Wish me luck!


Posted by TaraJayne, 19th April 2016


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  • I suggest you make sure the area you use is well away from the road. Our little darlings decided to have an impromptu race and can run faster than us when they get a head start.

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  • A party at the park is always fun and everyone can help out.

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  • Oo how fun! We have a 2nd bday party to plan this year too and you’ve given me good ideas.
    Shade or tables are more precious thank the bbq because people usually share (cook your own then let someone else go) but start cooking before you want to eat because it can take a while.
    Have nibbles that are easy to share (like chips and dip or finger size baked goods)
    Maybe check out the park this weekend before the party around the time you want to suss out business? Have lots of fun!

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  • Sounds like you have thought a lot about this! Hope it is a fabulous day!

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  • You might also want to have a back up plan incase it rains that day… and how to contact everyone invited to let them know the new plans… When we have a huge bbq like that we cook sausages and chicken kebabs (you can make them a lot cheaper yourself on smaller sticks, we usually baste with a bottle of honey soy marinade) and have a choice of two or three salads… also make sure you have insect repelant and sunscreen for the kids.. and some picnic blankets as sometimes some tables at the park are unsuitable for little kids to sit at to eat…Oh and if there are lots of kids a texta to put the kids names or adraw a picture on the cups so they dont get mixed up.. Have fun

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  • Wow, that’s a lot for a park party. Don’t forget napkins, and matches for the birthday candles.

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  • We have never cooked a park party – so many eyes and hands needed. Kids quite like pre-made sushi platters and sandwiches as well as fresh fruit. You can always use flat banana boxes decorated with cheap wrapping paper to hold individual bags of home made popcorn, jelly cups, etc. Another option that works well is individual food bags with items like mini party wrap, a fruit box (or bottled water), some fresh fruit etc. Make sure there is plenty to drink and a bit of music is always fun.

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