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Local Park Parties: Blast or Bust?

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Lucy Riles: With the economy failing, many people are taking their parties to a local park to celebrate. Why? It's cheap. It's outdoors. It requires very little cleanup.

Family Party
Here's how you can make the most of a park party:

Wake up early: Since this is a common venue, you will want to get there early to reserve the best space. I also recommend checking out the park the day before at the same time your party will take place the following day -- this will help you have an idea of the best shaded areas. If you plan on having an afternoon party in the heat, you will want to keep your guests in the shade!

Create eco-friendly decor & menu: Decorate with paper products instead of plastic, if you can. Instead of using balloons, make tissue paper pom-poms ... these are so much cuter, easy to make, and hang from the trees. Plus, when you are done with the pom-poms, you can reuse the tissue paper for future gift-wrapping. Serve finger food like mini sandwiches, fruit kabobs, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and Popsicles. For refreshments, offer pitchers of lemonade (served in paper cups) as opposed to juice boxes and pop cans.

Stage "cool" games: Play cool games that will literally keep your guests cool. Pair everyone up for a water balloon toss contest. For the kids, fill up some super soakers, divide everyone into two teams, and play a little water gun laser tag. The hot sun will dry everyone off before the day's end.

As a final touch: Before the kids leave, bust out the pinata and give each child a chance to knock it down. This also acts as a party favor so everyone walks away with a bag full of toys and/or treats to take home and enjoy!

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