Planning birthday parties for young toddlers can be confusing. This is a guide about 2 year old birthday party ideas.
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 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.
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!
A book or reading themed party is something we're considering for our three year old. Our library has a community room that's free to use as long as you reserve it in advance.
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.
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.
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.
Hey I have the similar situation but I told my family it's my child's father so lets put our differences aside for a few hours and enjoy what it is that you have plan
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
You can go to buycostumes.com and also NickJr.com for some really cool games, themes and party ideas.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.