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Planning a Birthday Bash: #SupportLocal

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My hubby was celebrating a milestone birthday last month. And I wanted to throw him a party. However, I didn’t want to have it at one of those venues that forces you to use their caterer and is crazy expensive after you price out tables, chairs, etc. That’s why I stole an idea from my friends Sean and Victoria who had their engagement party at The City of Mountain Park’s Community Center.

The space is beautiful for a party of 30 to about 75 people. The nice thing is that the space comes with tables and chairs along with the rental fee of only $500. We were able to utilize the tables and chairs to set up all the food and still had plenty of tables left for our guests.

Atlanta Party Venue
Photo Credit: VictoriaDunmire.com

What’s also nice is that there is a wonderful sound system which easily hooks up to an iPod. I should have turned up the music louder for my carefully selected playlist. I also should have taken better pictures for this post, but instead was enjoying the party.

Note that the venue can be a bit tricky to find even if using  GPS. And while it is nothing to look at from the outside the interior is pretty nice. There’s even a field adjacent with a pretty gazebo. Though if you want to utilize the gazebo, you’ll have to pay extra. I didn’t opt to pay the extra for it and we still had it all to ourselves if we had wanted it.

As for the food, I first started out with an elaborate menu which consisted of a mix of items I’d make myself plus some items I wanted to order from my favorite Indian restaurant. I decided that it might be too much to cook and set up the same day, so ended up ordering all the food. I wanted to choose something that would be a crowd pleaser . Even if I am a foodie, that doesn’t mean all my guests would be. So, I ultimately decided Mexican would be my best bet.

Teela Taqueria taco bar

I love Teela Taqueria. They have incredible food, so I ordered a taco bar from them. Everything was a breeze with ordering and setting up the day of the party. Artie, co-owner, did a wonderful job! For starters the lime dusted chips were fantastic by themselves but the cheese dip, guac and salsa were equally tasty. I opted for chicken and brisket filling for the tacos and while the brisket was better, both seemed to be pretty well-liked from our crowd. The taco bar also came with sides of rice, beans and jalapeno slaw. Everything was fantastic!

Let's Booth It! - Photo booth with props
Let’s Booth It! – Photo booth with props

We also had a photo booth complete with props from Let’s Booth It. They were a breeze to work with too. I sent them the party invitations and they quickly made a unique outline for all our pics. The booth operator was on time and set his space up quickly. Everyone seemed really thrilled to have the photo booth there – and we got some terrific pics!