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This is a guide about planning a daughter's second birthday party on a budget. Ideas for keeping the costs down for this important birthday.
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I'm planning to have a safari animal theme party for my son's 2nd birthday. It is next month, June 20th from 1-4pm, at a playhouse for kids 6 and under. Is this a good theme for a boy and is the time OK? We did his 1st birthday outside last year and it was too hot and it also rained. I want to keep it indoors this year and keep him entertained, but my husband wants to have it outside again.
I think a safari themed party would be perfect! A three hour party might be a little long for a 2-year-old.
I'm pretty stumped. My son's going to be 2 in November and for his 1st party we just threw a little get together at home with family and close friends. I want to do something more this year, but it is going to be so cold out it's left me clueless what to plan for his special day. Any ideas? (Haven't got a big budget.)
In addition to keeping the gathering small and the time shorter, a theme might be "Bob The Builder". My grand nephew had his 2 year party with lots of fun ideas. Check Oriental Trading for paper goods, and other ideas. They had a game that the kids had a wrecking ball (tether ball type) that they had to swing to knock down the brick wall (covered boxes). There were small trucks on the cake, and dippin vegetables in "mortar".
Once you get started lots of ideas will pop up, I am sure. Of course the #1 tip is to try to get everything ready the day before so that you can have fun at the party too!
My little girl is turning 2 in May. She is 4 days older than her cousin. They both like Minnie Mouse and the mother doesn't want to throw a party together and I don't want to do the same theme as she is. I have no idea what kind of party to throw for a 2 year old. What should I do?
You don't have to throw a themed party for a two-year-old. Just figure out your color scheme. Say it is pink and white. Fine. So order a pink and white cake, then go to Walmart in the party supplies section, and get pink and white streamers, pink and white balloons. Get her pink plates and white napkins, pink plastic cutlery, etc. You can serve strawberry or vanilla ice cream or both. Put her in a pretty dress.
The child is two. She will be thrilled no matter what. It's a party.
My daughter is turning 2 in August, and I've been trying to think of ways of celebrating her birthday. Her first birthday was uneventful. I really want her to have something a little special this year, considering that she's been attending everyone else's party. However, the big issue is that my boyfriend (her father) doesn't get along well with my family. There have been a lot of issues in the past, and I would like to avoid all of that. I've been considering two separate small celebrations, but I can see that is accumulating unnecessary cost. Any suggestions, tips or ideas? I'm drowning in stress and the day is approaching fast!
By Khadija C.
I would honestly speak with your boyfriend and family members and tell them frankly that the day is about the child and not them and for the child's sake for them to please put aside their differences for the event. After all they're supposed to be adults. No one gets along all the time but for a special event I think they can be good examples.
My daughter is turning 2 years of age in May. I want to throw her a birthday party, but I really don't know any toddlers to invite. What do parents do in this situation?
Veronica from San Antonio, TX
I worked in an athletic club daycare for 10 years (by the way, the joining a gym suggestion is great - I saw so many little friendships develop in that setting, & it also encouraged friendships between the parents!), & I noticed something very interesting about toddlers. Before age 3 to 3 1/2, toddlers do not play WITH each other - they play BESIDE each other, or they observe each other. Developmentally, they are not yet equipped to initiate play with someone their age. Instead of a toddler party, just get together with people whom your child loves and cares about, no matter what their ages. Also, instead of a party, you could take her someplace special, like the movies or the zoo.
Just an opinion - I have observed so many parents pull out all the stops for birthday parties for little kids - they spend tons of money and they do this to impress other people instead of doing what the child would like. Your two year old will probably not remember much about it, so you might have some fun photos, but you won't really be making a memory. Keep it simple & just show your child she is loved. That is the most important thing! Save the big party until she is older and can really enjoy it.
I have to make a birthday for my 2 year old son, but I have way too many people. Any ideas on where and what to do?
Try using your back yard if you have one. If you do not use a park depending on your budget serve hotdogs, and hamburgers.You could also do the party after lunch and feed everyone desert only. Try a cake and cupcakes. Try a potluck lunch. Use dollar store prizes, and goody bags. Just buy a bag of balloons, box of crayons, a colouring book, a pack of pencils. Seperate each of these items into the goody bags.Tear a couple of coloring pages into each bag just staple together. You can also forget goody bags and play coopertive games, or dance with some music. Hand out a couple of prizes.
My daughter's birthday party will be held on February 4th, a Saturday. I have no idea what to do. I live in Los Angeles and need some ideas as to what I can do besides having a birthday party at home.
By TC from Los Angeles
Yes, a 2 year old's party is more for the adults. If you really want the kids to have fun buy a "jumping station" at Toys R Us, blow it up and let the kids go while you socialize with the parents.
My son is going to be 2 on 2/15/2009 and I am at a loss for what to do for his party besides having the theme 'Cars'. He loves that movie! He will only have a few cousins there for kids, and their ages range from 8 months to 11. I'm looking for ideas that might be good for games for the kids, and ideas on how to make sure the adults are not bored either!
Amanda from ME
lol! 3 months to the day my son will be 2 yrs it goes so fast. Well anyways what about setting you pone of those rugs from walmart that has the cars race track printed on it and some little matchbox cars the kids could play with, you could buy a pack of t-shirts and google lightning mcqueen iron on and buy transfer paper not too much money and print it out on printer then iron it on. Great take home goodie plus a lil matchbox car maybe red or you might even find a little lightning mcqueen, make "cars" printables on computer at target in dollar area the yhad "cars" crayons don't know if it's the same everywhere? what about buying red plates,,plastic silverware, and buying "cars" napkins & cups t otie it in. Sit kiddo's in a circle and play hot potato using a "cars" pillow or soft toy,have little prizes. Buy a "cars" poster and take the kids picture in front of it send it home in thank you card..I like the boxes ideas from the other's. Kids do love boxes & climbing.
Does anyone have any ideas for a 2 year old boy's birthday party and presents?
By Mckell from Lafayette, IN
Keep is simple, it's a 2 year old and they won't remember much.
Can anyone give me any ideas for a 2 year old girl's birthday party? I don't have much money.
By rocknrollmom from Los Angeles, CA
The best birthday party ever:
lots of balloons on the floor when she wakes up
streamers hanging from her door when she wakes up
open gifts one at a time all day long and play with each gift as it is opened
those blow out party thingies (have a race to see who can blow the fastest)
stroller race (let your child sit in the stroller, and put another 2-y-o or baby doll in the other stroller; form 2 teams; on your mark, set, go; each team has to race to a destination and back with stroller and tag his/her teammate, who then races to and from and tags the next teammate until all the teammates have raced; the team whose last teammate runs back first wins--tons of fun for everyone)
It does matter if you have a good birthday party for your children. They may not remember the exact stuff, but what they remember that day is how they felt, that you made a big deal. It is a great way of creating memories each year, my mom always makes my birthdays special. By age 4, the child will begin anticipating his/her birthday party and all the ways you make it fun. My child's party was very inexpensive, but it was very memorable and fun. We took lots of pictures and talked about them for a couple weeks afterward (cementing the memory in her mind and reliving the feeling she felt). Next year, we will pull out those pictures again in anticipation of another, but different, party.
I have a 1 year old sister who is turning 2. She loves the Wiggles and Barney and I thought about a Wiggles or Barney party, but I want to do something more because it's her golden birthday. I'm also in charge of the party. What should the theme be and where should the party be?
By Luna P.
You don't say how old you are, but it's nice that you are planning your sister's birthday party. As she is only 2 years old, she will not know whether she is having a "golden" birthday - just a regular birthday. Whatever you do, keep it simple with a theme she will understand (like Barney). A small party at home with family and a couple of friends - simple food like finger sandwiches, cake and ice cream would be ideal for a 2-year-old. Plan a more elaborate party when she is a few years older and would be able to appreciate it. Good luck!
I just moved to France and my daughter will be two years old on the 26th of this month. We want to celebrate her birthday, but we don't have a lot of money and I am not too good with house decorations. We invited some friends over and I need advice on what to do about the decorations and on how to make our invites happy on that day?
Use balloons (they go quite far for little money). Use colorful paper plates, glasses, and napkins. If you can get crepe paper over there, cut that into streamers and string them from the ceilings.
I need ideas on a birthday party for a 2 year old. Please? Thanks.
By Mommy is the best from Baltimore, MD
for a two year old, i was just do a simple backyard cookout. cake and ice cream type of thing. invite family, friends and other people with children around his or her age. i would wait until your child is about 4 to start doing the real parties with themes and going to jungle gyms, parks, etc.
Do you have a local skating rink? Sometimes McD's will rent you a party room for a reasonable rate. Also, is there a local YMCA or YWCA? They often have ideas. Places with too much noise often scare kids that age, so what about the library? You could have a night party in the local park, keeping it simple. I hope those help.
I'm having my son's 2nd birthday party. It's a Disney Car theme and for the food I wanted to do cut out car shaped sandwiches. Does anyone know where I could get car cookie cutters? Can you suggest any games I could play? (It's snowing out here.) Any ideas will help. Thanx :)
By Alexiss from Denver, CO
To be honest, if he is two years old, you are doing all of this "theme" stuff for you more than him. He won't remember the sandwiches were in the shape of cars three hours after they have eaten. The games he may remember. Here is one that will last a couple days.
Get fairly good size boxes. Decorate them as cars that the kids can wear. You cut a hole in the bottom of each box for the kids to put there body through. Use straps for them to wear the box on their shoulders. Use paper plates and those brass hooks that have a button end and two wings that spread out (help me out here, haven't done crafts in years). Poke the things through the paper plates and then put the pointy end through a hole in the box. Reach inside the box and spread the wings to hold these things one. using saucer size paper plates might work best as headlights.
Let them use markers or crayons to color the cars, add doors, red break lights, etc. When done you can play "Red Light" with the kids or just have them drive around the room like they are in the city or a parking lot. You could also do the "Red Light" type game with music, move around till the music stops and then they all stop.
Anyway, each kid can take his "car" home and play with it later that day or week.
My son will turn 2 in February. We live in Sacramento, Ca. and the weather may still be too cold and rainy to have an outdoor party. I would like to know if anybody has any ideas. He loves the Wiggles and the Disney Playhouse. I can get party items but I was wondering about entertainments. Any ideas?
Tess from Elk Grove, Ca.
download an mp3 of "The Hokey Pokey" the adults can help the younger ones and the older children can join in. well theres about 15 min there. lol "Popcorn" is a fun dance for kids to do too.
Don't they do a lot of dances on the Wiggles? Just burn a CD and get the kids in a circle.
I am looking for new theme ideas for a 2 year old kid birthday party?
By Mohit from Nepal
What does your 2 year old like?
The 2 year old in our family likes Thomas the Tank Engine. What a bout a train party?
Everyone could wear striped overalls and a conductors hat. Decorations are train shaped. I drew a train onto drawing paper and colored it in for Elijah. One the engine I put a big 2 indicating he was turning 2.
For a girl, what about a teddy bear picnic? Bear shaped cookies, bear shaped gummies, have guests bring a teddy bear, serve bear shaped pb&j sandwiches, etc.
Can anyone give some ideas for a 2 year old birthday? She is also in remission. I just want this to be a special day for her.
By Nita from Williamston, NC
A person dressed as a clown who can fold balloons into shapes is entertaining and colorful and ought to capture a child's attention.