Good Places to Have a Birthday Party in Fairview, Illinois

by Sophia Sola, Demand Media

    Fairview, Illinois, may lack ready-made birthday party spots, but there are, in fact, many ways to make someone's birthday exciting. Don't just stop at going to a restaurant or making a trip to Canton. Explore the local parks, hire entertainers or send birthday party attendees on a wild birthday adventure around town.

    Resturants

    There aren't too many restaurants in Fairview, but there is the Fairview Cafe, a small eatery on Carter Street. The Fairview Cafe offers a family environment that is ideal for a group event. There is also the option of an ice cream party at the Fairview Ice Cream Center. Forgo a cake in favor of ice cream sundaes all around, or call ahead to order an ice cream cake.

    Parks

    There are a few park options near Fairview. Ten miles east of Fairview, Mount Pisgah Country Park provides a picnic area and numerous hiking trails to explore. South of Mount Pisgah County Park is the Harper-Rector Woods Nature Preserve, another gorgeous setting for a birthday picnic. Fairview Ball Park is another ideal birthday spot. Plan an easygoing kickball game or any other sports game that suits the guests. If you choose to have a party in a park, don't forget to bring drinks, food and cake. Better yet, make it a potluck picnic, so the birthday honoree gets the day off!

    Backyard

    Since Fairview is a small town without many commercial options, have a fantastic party in your own backyard. You can invite a local musician or a balloon twister for entertainment, and even rent a bouncy-house for the kids. Be sure there are plenty of beverages, ask each guest to bring something to grill, and fire up the barbeque. Since having a backyard party is free except for supplies and food, go ahead and get the very best. A custom-made cake from Canton or a surprise entertainment can really spruce up a birthday in a familiar setting.

    Get Creative

    Don't pick a location for the birthday party - turn it into a treasure hunt, a scavenger hunt or a mountain bike race. Choose a meeting point, and have festivities commence at various points along the birthday adventure. Afterward, have a rendezvous at a restaurant in Canton to share adventures, exchange gifts and show photos of the event. A birthday on the move may not be traditional, but it can make a birthday in a small town more exciting.

    About the Author

    Sophia Sola has been a writer and editor for over six years. She co-owns Sirius Prose Editing & Writing Service and has experience ranging from authoring magazine articles to editing Ph.D. dissertations. She has been published in the "Earth First! Journal" and on Tivix.com, JSI Top 21 Record Reviews and other websites.

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