My son will be turning 2 in November. Does anyone have any ideas for an inside party?
Tiffany from Palmetto, GA
I'm having my son's 2nd birthday party on 2/25 at a local ice cream parlor. It's an adorable set-up and the kids and parents will all make their own sundaes. (For older kids, they do tours.) We're bringing in the cake and were going to have a clown, but have opted just to let the kids play.
Our favors are going to be personalized place mats already placed on the tables and T-shirts (that I'm making very cheaply w/heat transfers) that say, "I got the scoop at Aidan's party." - with an ice cream scoop.
Very affordable and we actually found similar party packages available at 3 other local ice cream places. (01/23/2007)
I am planning a party at a place called Pump it Up for my son who will be two in November. It is reasonably priced and they do all the setup and cleanup. Parents are allowed and encouraged to participate in the inflatable arenas. Fun for both kids and parents and zero hassle! (07/19/2007)
I have a heated garage so I put a kids pool out there and filled it with warm water. You can get the cheap grass looking carpet to help with anyone slipping on the ground. You can make it a Hawaiian or Jungle Themed party. The kids had a blast. (11/02/2007)
My daughter will be 2 on 1/3/08. I am giving her a Doodle Bops birthday party at my house. She recently saw them live in our home town. The website (doodlebops.com) has printable invitations, party hats, goodie bag covers, pictures to color, etc. I only have to buy some decorations, when they are affordable on sale, also (aprox. $3-$6), a cake, ice cream and the food.
They even have a pinata that instead of hitting, each child gets to "pull the rope" (strings). Which is better for an indoor party. Another good idea for arts and crafts/party favors for their age group is edible supplies (ketchup, mustard-for painting, kool-aid-for water color, syrup-for glue, beans, rice, and pasta for decoration and colored sugar for glitter. Don't forget the cameras and video tapes! (12/19/2007)
By Lynn Lewis-Harris
My friend had his sons birthday party at Monkey Joe's, it's an indoor fun place for children (and children at heart) of all ages. It was fun, safe, and it wore the kids completely out. The indoor "park" has lots of those inflatable jumping toys that kids get in and jump and roll around etc. They provided a private room for your personal party, and then the kids were allowed to go back out to play. Awesome place! If there is one near your home it would be ideal! (12/25/2007)
My daughter's birthday is on March 3rd. I am trying not to have too many people, because it can overwhelm her. I had one idea of getting everyone's hand print on a piece of tag board and decorating it with "My 2nd birthday" on it. All of the children will get a separate keepsake to take home.
I also came up with an idea for the adults at the party, which was a guessing game of her favorite activities and favorite foods. I also might play a game of "Simon Says" and just let the young children have fun with it. Blowers and horns are also great at this age. I think that her home is the best place, because she is more comfortable and there are not too many people. (02/25/2008)
Wow, I'd love to fast forward a few years and see what those of you who are going all out now are doing when your children are older. I say, start simple. My soon to be 2 year old will have a small party consisting of bubbles, balloons, and cupcakes. She, her baby brother, and some other little ones will be plenty of entertainment just playing together whether it be at the park or in our home. I believe we will all have a fun time and she will feel loved and special on this her second birthday. (03/09/2008)
My daughter will be turning two on Aug. 2nd. I want to do a princess theme but she doesn't really know anything about princess yet. There's A LOT of good items on orientaltrading.com. There's also a lot of good theme packages too. I hope that site will help you guys out! (05/01/2008)
By autumn's mommy
A simple party is much better than all the hoopla of renting stuff, etc. Blow up some balloons, run a sprinkler if it's warm. A two year old doesn't appreciate or need all that. Our culture is so lavish! (05/08/2008)
I have a daughter named Jamie and she will be turning two on July 5th 08. What I did for her younger sister's birthday party was I brought everyone downstairs and there in the family room we have a lot of space to play. We have a huge television there to watch movies so what I'm thinking of doing is buying a DVD or two. They will be sitting with Jamie and watching appropriate movies for two year olds (rated G) and eating snacks like vegetables, dip, and juice, but I think what they eat should be healthy and still fun.
So maybe what we should do is make fun shapes out of carrots and other things. Also, maybe giving them a stuffed animal to keep and play with. Don't forget pillows and blankets and a comfortable surface to lay on. Maybe if they like Dora or Elmo that could be a movie for them to watch. Hope this helps. (07/02/2008)
My son will be turning two on the 24th of September. At his daycare that he goes to, they had a moon bounce this summer and he loved it and was so excited when it was "jump day" (as he called it). I found a place called Bouncin Craze, but they have others like pump it up, etc. They have all the inflatable things inside a giant room and the kids (and adults if your husband is like mine, lol), can run around and jump slide and play on the obstacle course. They will have a blast and sleep great that night too! Hope that this helps! (09/16/2008)
My son will be 2 on Oct 17, so we are having a costume party. You normally get only one use out of your costume, so we thought it would be fun to have all the kids dress up. He will have a pumpkin cake (which he loves pumpkins, and I even call him my little pumpkin), a pinata (which is Thomas because his costume is a train conductor), and pin the nose on the pumpkin. I hope this helps for anyone needing fall ideas. (10/14/2008)
I am having my son's 2 year old birthday party at Sports Connection in Charlotte, NC. It's great! They have inflatables for the younger kids, laser tag for the older kids, bowling, mini-bowling and games. They also do all the set up and clean up. Figure I'll invite his whole daycare class (12 kids) and maybe a few that just moved up to the new class. Weekend of New Years, we probably won't get a lot of takers anyway. No mess at the house, too cold for outside! (10/28/2008)
We went with a fairy theme since my daughter loves Tinkerbell. I bought a 20$ bubble machine (which was a huge hit) and made big flowers out of tissue paper to decorate the room. She wore wings and had a wand and we had Peter Pan on the television. We let her open her toys first and let the kids just play until we were ready for cake. It was quick and easy. (11/14/2008)
I am having a Pajama and Pancake party for my son's second birthday. We are having it at 10:00 am. Instead of a birthday cake, we are making pancakes and the kids get to decorate them however they want. We will also have sausage, fruit, juice and coffee (for the adults). We are not having play time, then food time, then gifts, then goodie bags. Party over, not much money spent, but everyone has a great time! (11/27/2008)
My 2 yr old daughter wears my shoes (whose doesn't right?). So we had a shoe party. All the girls brought a pair of mom's shoes. Party packages include a tiara and pair of princess shoes! The theme was Cinderella lost her shoe. (11/29/2008)
Ok, the kid is 2. Keep it simple. He/she doesn't understand birthday hoopla yet, so why spend the money? Children this age are still very troubled by their surroundings. One minute they're stuck to you like glue, the next their playing, and the next their hitting, kicking and screaming. Keep it under $100, that way when the day ends in a crying mess, (which trust me, it will) you won't feel so bad about spending so much money. Save the birthday bashes for the huge milestones in life, Double Digit 10, Sweet 16, Finally An Adult 18, etc. You get my drift. (12/12/2008)
We are having our 2 year old son's birthday party (February) at McDonald's. They have a play place and it is going to be inexpensive at $5 per child for 2 hours. They include food and a personal cake and the kids can run around like crazy. How can you go wrong? (01/03/2009)
My son's birthday party is on Feb 28th. He's been really into dinosaurs, so we decided to go with that as our theme. We went to party city and got all his birthday supplies there. We only got the theme supplies for the kids, decided to do the rest of the supplies for the adults in regular plates etc. We decided to have pizza and chips for food, since they are cheap, and doing cake and ice cream.
I'm thinking since there will be 15-20 kids around the age of 2, give or take, to just have a simple dinosaur game which is basically pin the tail on the donkey. And then have some balloons on the floors. We are having it at a church. It is a nice inside carpeted room and it doesn't cost anything. Some churches only ask for a donation.
We got a pinata, which I was debating on, but I decided to do that and load it with candy etc. and give the kids their goody bags so they can collect their own. Its cheaper than filling the goody bags yourself, plus it gives the kids one more thing to do. His party is tomorrow, so hopefully it all goes well :) (02/27/2009)
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