Late last week, Peter Askew announced that he was readying the beta version of BirthdayParties.com, a business that aims to help parents find a venue for their children’s birthday parties. When the site goes live later on this Summer or early Fall, parents in Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte will be able to use BirthdayParties.com to help plan their next birthday party, with more cities coming in September:
Private beta live for https://t.co/JhBtgvqUf6
Decided to add NASHVL & CLT to launch (w/ATL) so:
Pushed launch till 9.1.19
Seeding over 100 listings per city
DAL, HOU, DEN, CHI, PHX, SEA, LA, PHI live next.
This will be the largest collection of bday party places on the internet pic.twitter.com/11fFp8iq3G
— Peter Askew (@searchbound) June 14, 2019
Peter told me he acquired the BirthdayParties.com domain name for $5,608 in November of 2018 via GoDaddy Auctions.
I reached out to Peter to ask him why he decided to launch a website on BirthdayParties.com and how the website will be used. Here’s what he shared with me:
“I was having problems locating birthday party locations near our house here in ATL (I’m not interested in driving 50 miles away), and found no website showcasing bday party locations near me. But I never pursued idea because I prefer starting on a good domain. Then last year, the domain Gods shined down on me & delivered that domain into expiry (I believe at GDA), and it was a true holy shit moment. So I grabbed it. The site will be similar to DudeRanch.com in nature. A search engine / marketplace for birthday party venues, plus mobile operators if someone wants to host a party at their house (with bouncy house, magician, petting zoo, etc).”
Peter also uploaded a video to show how visitors will be able to navigate the website to find a local birthday party venue once the beta version of the website goes live:
The site will be monetized in the same manner as DudeRanch.com. Party venues will be able to pay for enhanced and upgraded listings. There will also be free listings available as well.
I have two kids, and even though we live in the suburbs, it can be tough to choose a unique birthday party location. We tend to find ourselves choosing the same gymnastics, art, trampoline, karate, or swim locations, and other parents choose the same venues as well. I bet there are other local places that host birthday parties, and it would be helpful to have a tool to use to find a fun and unique venue that will be different that what other parents choose.
In addition to BirthdayParties.com, Peter also operates VidaliaOnions.com and Brevard.com. In fact, when he published an (inspiring) article to share the story of how VidaliaOnions.com came about, it went viral on Hacker News.