Planning birthday parties for young toddlers can be confusing. This is a guide about 2 year old birthday party ideas.
My little girl will be turning 2 in October and it is also her golden birthday. I would really like to go all out for her birthday but have no clue what theme I should go with. I tossed around the idea of everything being gold from the table cloth to the cake but I'm not sure if that is for a two year old.
She also has a lot of cousins anywhere from ages 9 months to 17. I would like to have activities for all ages to enjoy. I plan on doing an outdoors birthday because the family is so big and it is tough to fit them all in a house. Any help on this matter would sure be appreciated.
Rebecca from Eau Claire, WI
March 20, 2009
What about a "Bee Happy Birthday". You could do black and yellow decorations (like bumble bees) and write everywhere "Bee Happy for ______________ who is turning two today! I am sure you can find bumble bee decorations everywhere or print off your computer. The birthday child could wear a "bee happy" tshirt and you could get tshirts for the other kids or have the kids decorate their own. You could do games like a cake walk (but use bumblebee pictures for the children to walk on. Tell the children to fly like bumblebees while you play music and then stop the music and tell them to freeze. Goody bags could include bumble bee soap/stickers/candy. The birthday cake could be a bumble bee and say "Bee Happy for Susie's birthday!
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
November 19, 2011
Personally 2 is too young. Its more for your benefit, it very overwhelming for a toddler to have a bunch of kids of like age. It would be so much better just to have a small family party, and wait until they are old enough to understand the concept, like 6 and up.
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
February 16, 2009
Sorry I just noticed the date duh. Hope you had fun. Maybe it will give someone an idea or 2.
By Evette 1
I need ideas for my 2 year old daughter's birthday party in October. I live in Michigan so you never know what the weather will be in October. I can't afford some of these party places that charge a million dollars a kid. Any thoughts are appreciated!
By Evette from Detroit, MI
September 2, 2010
A birthday party for a 2 year old is not supposed to be a lavish affair. It is for close friends and family. If your child has older cousins or playmates that are 4 or 6, these kids get a kick out of the party. You don't have to have games or anything. A decorated cake and presents and just let the little kids play and the adults visit. That's it for the entertainment.
One of my sons has his birthday on Nov 6, and when he was about 3, I think, we "themed" his party so he could wear his Hallowe'en costume again, he and his brother had been "Batman" so we had a Batman cake and they wore their costumes again.
By mckell 1
Does anyone have any ideas for a 2 year old boy's birthday party and presents?
By Mckell from Lafayette, IN
January 3, 2013
Arranging a party on theme will be good idea. You can hire costumed characters like Princess Characters or mascots. You can organize fun games or think for bouncing castel.
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
January 12, 2012
The previous posters are correct, a two-year-old probably won't remember her second birthday. Invite your friends and family, watch her open the gifts and eat the cake and ice cream and take lots of pictures.
If you want to do theme parties, next year will probably be better. Then do a theme of her favorite cartoon, TV show, music, etc.
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
April 3, 2011
I think you should just surprise her, and have family over for maybe a pitch in dinner.
By Tess 1
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.
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January 9, 2008
Ever hear of an "Air Band?" If there are 4 (or5?) older people who are willing to perform (parents, older siblings/neighbors, aunts and uncles, etc), Have each one wear a different color shirt, cut out a guitar shape from a cardboard box for one of you, color it red, then YOU can be the Wiggles. Just play a video or cd nice and loud while you mouth the words and lead the moves. Once they see you do it, the kids may want to wear a bright shirt and be their favorite Wiggle character. They can be in the band. Public libraries usually have Wiggles DVD's and CDs for FREE.
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.
May 5, 2015
I agree that 3 hours might be a little long, but it depends on your guests. When my middle son was two, a lot of his friends were 5 & 6 years old, and I've also hosted parties for little guys where some of the guests were 10 year old girls, who basically took over the running of the party games. I didn't have to do much of anything.
If your guests are all 2 & 3 year olds, 3 hours might be a little much, but if all the moms are there as well, and there are not too many guests it might be just fine. A good guideline for guests is the kids age plus one, unless you are doing some sort of family gathering that involves a mix of ages. I think your theme is very nice; it sounds like fun.
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?
January 28, 2015
A two year old doesn't have any idea at all about parties. Any theme or colour scheme you choose, you do to please yourself, because you like it, want to do it, or think it is fun, and want pictures of your child with the fancy cake.
If your child has playmates or cousins who are older (4 to 8, say), they will appreciate a "theme". If you are inviting grandma, grandpa, aunties & uncles, and no kids, I am not sure that anyone would really appreciate a theme, other than for the photo op.
Birthday parties are not a competition, and two year olds don't need a bunch of other two year olds as guests; they are happier with aunties and grandmas, in my experience.
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.)
June 4, 2014
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!
By Elyssa C. 1
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?
July 18, 2013
Two year olds don't know about birthday parties. A party for a two year old is for the adult guests and older kids who come. No one needs goodie bags, unless you've invited a 5 or 8 year old cousin or someone like that.
Give them those little bubbles as a "gift". Serve cake and ice cream. Keep it simple. Balloons are nice for decorations -- two year olds like balloons. Do not attempt to "entertain" two year olds, and do not invite a flock of them for the party - they don't know what it is all about. Party plan - sing happy birthday, blow out candles, take photo, eat cake, open presents, play with presents. Adults visit.
I need ideas on a birthday party for a 2 year old. Please? Thanks.
By Mommy is the best from Baltimore, MD
August 16, 2011
how about a jungle animals theme? I saw these cute cake or cupcake toppers in the shape of jungle animals.
By Alexiss 1
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
January 10, 2011
I found a good Disney Cars page. I used this site when I planned my sons Disney Cars/Thomas the Train party. And whether he remembered it 3 hours later or not did not matter because in the moment he loved it! And the joy he expressed when he saw all those decorations was worth it and in that moment it was for him!
By mohit 1
I am looking for new theme ideas for a 2 year old kid birthday party?
By Mohit from Nepal
August 3, 2010
For my two year old girl's party, I used an ice cream theme. It is very easy to find treats for goodie bags to go along. I also found a huge ice cream cone penny bank to use as decoration on ebay. I found a cake pan in ice cream shape at Michael's.
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.
July 21, 2014
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.
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.
January 29, 2014
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!
My son's 2nd birthday is coming up in September. We live in Texas so you can only imagine how terribly hot it is down here. We live in an apartment so I really can't invite all the family over at once to celebrate. there is no room, and it is too hot to do anything outside (I tried that out last year, it was terrible!)
So if anyone has any suggestions as to a non-expensive idea for the party I would greatly appreciate any input.
July 11, 2013
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.
By Nita 1
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
By Kristin 1
We are having our 2 year old's birthday party at our town's Country Club this year because we are in the process of moving and can't have it at our house. I'm looking for ideas on activities for the little girls to do at the party since they won't have a bunch of toys to play with. Keep in mind this is winter and inside. Thanks!
By Kristin from IA
January 8, 2011
2 year olds can't sit still for long so I would have lots of active games:
Dancing to music with streamers and bubbles
Circle games like Ring a ring of Roses, and the Hokey Cokey
Sleeping bunnies and The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow (where they get lots of chances to jump around)
Then something quieter like Pass the parcel
By yessica 1
My son is turning 2 in about a week, his birthday theme is cars. All I'm missing is the games for the kids, most of them are going to be around his age. I don't know what games they should play?
October 12, 2010
Most two year olds are not very good at group games. Some might play with older kids, but if your guests are all about 2, I hope you don't have very many of them. Something really simple like Duck, Duck, Goose might work. I think I would take them to a playground and let them play on the equipment, or someplace like a McDonald's with those ball pits.
Realistically, maybe you should just let them play with toys. How about they all get a couple little cars right off the bat, and just let them play roads and stuff in the dirt. Presents, eat, cake, and that's it. You might try making balloon animals. I have done that at parties.
I need some ideas for a 2 year old birthday party or something to do around at home.
By Stacey from Hempstead, NY
By Brandie 1
My son is turning 2 in Nov. It's a sports theme. I need ideas.
What can I do with my daughter for her birthday? She will be 2 on May 31, 2013 and I'm on a fix income and live in NYC.
My daughter will be turning two on Feb. 28. I want to throw a party for her but not in our home. I also want it to be fun for kids AND adults. So far I've only found ideas for outdoor parties, but it's way too cold for an outdoor party in February. I thought about Chuck E. Cheese's, but for 30 adults and 12 kids, we're talking well over $600 (including pizza, cake, and beverages for all). I'd like to spend about half of this amount. Any ideas or advice would be much appreciated!
Julie from Illinois
I know you said it's too cold for an outside party in Feb, but so long as everyone wears appropriate clothing you can have a BLAST outside in the winter. We have a cousin who had a snow party for her two-year old and everyone enjoyed it. We had it mid-afternoon so we only had to provide snacks. We had plenty of snow so the little kids got to tumble in it and play with their buckets and shovels (which they normally use at the beach), the older kids brought toboggans, made snowmen (bring accessories to dress them up), and joined the adults in fort building and snowball fighting. We had hot chocolate and snacks on hand that weren't too messy. With all the running around no one was too cold and we brought a few extra scarves and mittens along just in case.
How about McDonalds? They used to do birthday parties, or you could do it yourself. If you buy McD's food for everyone, the kids can play in the play area, and your could bring a cake. I would set this up with the manager at an "unbusy" time. (12/31/2004)
How about a local pizza place that caters to sports teams (like Little League) and has a separate room. You could have some stuff for the kids to do, a few easy games, and everyone can sit around and eat, drink and relax. Maybe hire a teenager to paint faces or even lead some games. Just be sure the kids are entertained-it is a child's party! (12/31/2004)
Have you thought about a roller skating party? My son has been skating since he's been one and we've done his first three birthday parties there. He and the rest of the kids in the family love it. The rink that we go to doesn't charge for non-skaters (usually) and offers to packages. A) Self bring everything or B) fully catered with pizza and cake and party favors. Fun for all. (12/31/2004)
If you really wanted to do Chuck E. Cheese's, you don't HAVE to buy their birthday package. You can just pay for the pizzas, get coupons online for tokens, and we always receive regular coupons for pizza/token combinations in our sunday paper. They have even taken expired coupons from us at our local Chuck E.'s.
Another fun idea that my boys like is bumper bowling at your local bowling alley. You can get 1 lane with bumpers in the gutters for the kids and another lane without for the adults who wish to bowl. They offer birthday packages, but again you wouldn't have to purchase that. You could just bring a cake and have your own party! Have Fun! (01/01/2005)
You might try the BuildABear party. If you are in an area that has one in the malls, it can be fun for all and in the long run, not very expensive as every child makes a bear and takes it home. (01/01/2005)
I think having a party for your 2 year old is great, but at that age I think that number of people may be overwhelming unless she is used to going to gatherings of this size. You could do something special for a small group of children like Chuck E. Cheese or build-a-bear and maybe have the adults over for cake later. I have 4 children and at that age, I'm not sure that they really understood the whole birthday thing. (01/01/2005)
Way too many guests in my opinion but I applaud you for trying. My guest rule of thumb has always been having the same number of guests as the new age of the child. I.E., one guest for first birthday, two for 2 and so on. It keeps the cost and insanity to a minimum and each party will be manageable. Good luck. (01/01/2005)
What we do in our family is first decide what character the child likes. Then we shop at Oriental Trading.com for the party supplies and gift bags to hand out. Decorate your house with the supplies and just have a lunch menu. Something that your child likes. My daughter wanted to have a tea party. So we invited everyone and they dressed in Sunday best clothes. We made 'tea' sandwiches, and different kinds of teas, yes she was a little older. But the same concept applies. You could put together a tray of meats and cheeses with crackers to make it simpler. Or do something in a crackpot so it stays warm. Go on the net and search for birthday party games. Party411.com has game ideas. Hope this helps! (01/02/2005)
For all ages a fun craft will keep the little ones still for a moment. We just made room banners for my daughters party with felt sticker letters and fun glitter shapes. The kids just peel and stick the fun shapes on a felt square. We also did a small cooking project that each child can make and eat. (12/27/2005)
I'm not sure if you have any of these where you live, but we have indoor playgrounds that are small and you can rent them out for a few hours with fun activities and equipment for kids. I have a boy turning 2 on 2/5 and I'm looking into gymboree. I think $600 is steep for a 2 year old party, that will come when they are 15 and 16. (01/03/2006)
By Nicole from CA
I just wanted to say that I am planning on having my son's 2nd birthday at chuckee cheese also, but you do not have to purchase a party pack to have your child's party in the party room. If you have it on a weeknight as opposed to a Saturday, the room is normally quite empty and you can just come and set up your things, bring your own cake and juice boxes and simply buy pizza for the kids. I put on my invitations that pizza is provided for the kids so that any parents that are there understand that if they would like to eat while they are there, they are responsible for their own food which most adults don't mind. Then you can also purchase a bunch of tokens and divide them up as well but you're talking more like $50-$75 when it's all said and done. Hope this helps. (01/11/2006)
Try "my gym".. Not sure if they have one by your way.. But its a great place. Its a bit pricey but it may be less expensive out there, and its for 2 hours. You have the place to yourself, no cleanup. They provide the plastic cups, plates, napkins, invites and utensils for the children but you have to supply it for the adults. And you have to supply the food. (01/17/2006)
My daughters birthday is the 28th of January and I am having the same problem. They sell coupons on e bay for like 65 cent and its 19.99 for 4 kids including pizza tokens and drinks. (01/27/2006)
Hello All, I Just Wanted To Say That I Am Having A Home Party For My 2 Year Old Son On Feb. 12, 2006 And What I Did Was Invited All The Family And Friends To Come Over To My Moms House, Which She Has A Big Basement. I Ordered A Clown And Went Out To The Dollar Store And Purchased Lots Of Candy For The Pinata, Went To The Target And Got His Theme Plates, Cups Nap,Etc... And Purchased Some Games For Activity. I'll Order Pizza, And Fry Party Wings, Hots Dogs, Have Chips And Juice,Cake And Ice Cream With Lots Of Music And Call It The Night. (02/09/2006)
My son will be 2 in may and my problem is that i have a daughter that is only 10 months older than him so HE loves Dora and i can't see throwing him a Dora party! Somebody help please!
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) My grandson's love Dora, too. There is a boy on Dora, and now he has his own show: http://www.nickjr.com/home/shows/diego/index.jhtml
At 2 I wouldn't worry about it. Everyone loves Dora! (04/06/2006)
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)
I have a little one who will be 2 during the holidays. That being said, she is not ready for traditional 2nd birthday themes. She was very premature and has not caught up yet.
For her first birthday, she was still just eating cereal and simple foods. She is doing great and we are excited about her birthday, but we do not know what theme to use. Any suggestions? Thank you so much.
By my kids' mom from Atlanta, GA
I think that if you know what things your daughter loves, like her cuddlies, or her favorite books, you can probably find a theme for the party that way. Does she have a favorite teddy bear? How about a teddy bear picnic. If her cuddly is a stuffed lamb, or a pig or a cow, how about a farm theme? or something similar.
When I was little, and I'm 55 now, my aunt did a Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham party for me, though I was probably 5 then, but, that is what I mean by looking for ideas from your daughters favorite books. Yep, green food dyed scrambled eggs. heh heh.
At age two they can also get too overwhelmed during a party, so keeping it very simple, and keep it very short, and try to plan it between nap time. The sugar laden birthday cake, frosting and ice cream can make it for a very interesting time, too. Don't forget to take lots of pictures at the party. (10/05/2009)
For my son's 2nd birthday we went with a farm idea. I made cupcakes and all the kids just loved them (they were made with pink icing, chopped pink marshmallow for the nose, two small ones for ears and I used writing gel to make the faces). He had a wide variety of ages at his party. I reckon just keep it simple. Make it an hour or two tops. Maybe do a craft like colouring a picture that relates to the theme or bring out the play dough. Either way I hope you have a great time. (10/08/2009)
The party is really for the adults and the older children at this age. Princess (sparkle stuff) would probably make everyone happy. Cake like a castle can be made with ice cream cones for the turrets. (10/08/2009)
For my son I went with a Noah's Ark theme 2 by 2. I found new party supplies from a very nice garage sale and splurged on a beautiful cake from Publix in the shape of an ark that came with Fisher Price toys of Mr. Noah and animals.
That being said. I do agree with a previous post about matching your child's interests. However, being really Thrifty, you can still have a wonderful birthday with no theme. (10/16/2009)