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It’s January, meaning I have birthday parties on the brain (my oldest turns SIX this month). &  Honestly, I have to admit, I’ve been amazed at the number of emails we’ve received lately, asking for birthday party advice & how-to. Believe it or not, I’m not an expert on birthday parties. In fact, (here’s a little confession for you) other than a birthday party celebrating each one of my childrens first birthday’s, I have never thrown my children a birthday party. Are you gasping in shock & horror? Yep! Yep! None of my 3 children have ever had a birthday party that they can actually remember -  so when I say I’m definitely NOT the go-to for birthday party advice, maybe now you’ll believe me. But just because I can’t tell you specifically where to host your next party, doesn’t mean Just Spotted can’t come to your rescue. Hello?! We have literally thousands of readers & I’m sure one or two of them have some birthday party suggestions.

So here’s the deal… we are asking YOU, our readers, to nominate their favorite place in Orange County (outside of your own home), to host a child’s birthday party. There are plenty of ways to make sure YOUR favorite party spot makes our list: email us (, subject: Birthday Parties), leave a comment on our Facebook page HERE, or simply leave a comment on THIS very post. All we want & need to know is the name of the birthday party facility, the area of the county where they are located (North OC, etc.) &/or the web address.

So, your probably asking yourself, “How exactly is this going to work?” Well, let us explain…

Step 1: YOU nominate your favorite Orange County Birthday Party hot spot, via any of the previously mentioned ways. Feel free to nominate as many different birthday party facilities as you wish, & tell your friends to do the same (you know what they say, “the more the merrier”). Although each possible birthday party location only needs to be nominated once to make our list. Not only will this be a fantastic way to “reward” the best places to host a birthday party in OC, but we’re hoping to be introduced to some new ones we might not have otherwise found. All we ask, is that you get your nominations in by Tuesday, January 11th at 11:59 pm. That way we have plenty of time for step number 2.

Step 2: We will gather up all the nominees & compile them into one big list, which we will then “open up to the public” (that means you!) for voting.

Step 3: The birthday party locations that receive the most votes, will then be announced & honored as the best-of-the-best places to host a birthday party in all of Orange County.

So here we go… start sending us links to your favorite OC party spots. & Remember, if you want your submission to make “the list,” be sure to contact us before Tuesday, January 11th at 11:59 pm.

xoxo, C & K