Last year, for Evan’s 1st birthday celebration, we threw him an elaborate birthday party. Randy and I rented a nice party hall by the marina, we ordered an abundant amount of food from Olive Garden, we prepared giveaways, laid out lots of gifts, toys and activities for all the kids, and we had plenty of in and out of town guests.
We were thrilled to be able to throw a memorable and beautiful party for our sweet son. It was Evan’s first birthday, a special occasion that we wanted to mark with a stand-out celebration. Although I must admit, conducting such an extravagant children’s party was a LOT of work, and needless to say very costly!
So this year for Evan’s 2nd birthday celebration, to save our wits and our wallets, Randy and I vowed that we wouldn’t throw another huge party like his first one. We kept saying all year that we would just celebrate simply, have a nice dinner at home, with maybe even just the three of us.
But then, we discovered this BEAUTIFUL local park and quickly changed our mind.
Randy and I absolutely fell in LOVE with this park (named Mountain Hawk Park in Chula Vista, CA) and we decided that we just HAD to celebrate Evan’s 2nd birthday here.
What we love about Mountain Hawk Park is the serene setting and its breathtaking views of Mt. Miguel Mountains and Otay Lake. Also, the entire park is clean and so well manicured!
Most important, Mountain Hawk Park has wonderful amenities designed for families and small children: a tot playground (perfect for Evan and all his toddler friends), clean restrooms, a basketball court, BBQ grills, a mini amphitheater, a kid-friendlly water play/water fountain area (AWESOME!), an enormous open grassy field for soccer/volleyball/baseball/frisbee, and plenty of parking spaces.
Our guests can even go on a very relaxing stroll along the park’s picturesque trails.
Although we initially wanted to refrain from throwing another large birthday bash, we just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate Evan’s 2nd birthday party in this gorgeous park.
Like all party planning, plenty of effort will be required, but I believe that by saving for a party fund, sticking to a reasonable budget, ordering food to avoid having to cook myself, minimizing our guest list, and planning well in advance, I can mitigate a lot of the stress involved.
Because Evan’s birthday weekend falls on Labor Day weekend, I’ve already reserved a gazebo for his party.
Just the thought of giving Evan a simple, yet still special celebration in this beautiful park setting already makes me and Randy very happy.
We realize that every one of Evan’s birthday is a true blessing from God, and it should be celebrated in a special way every year. His birthday parties don’t always have to be as extravagant as his first one, but his birthdays should really be honored annually.
What better way to give thanks to God for blessing us with a healthy and active son than to celebrate his 2nd birthday in this very pretty park – where we can all enjoy the outdoors and reconnect with nature.
- Do you celebrate your child(ren)’s birthday every year with a party?
- What is your family’s favorite outdoor activity?
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