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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
I need some ideas for a 2 year old birthday party or something to do around at home.
By Stacey from Hempstead, NY
Select a theme and work according to the theme.
Make a cd or dvd with nursery rhymes to handover to kids.
Get a clown if you can afford.
Get red noses.
Paint on their faces.
Make party packs.
Make some colourful hats.
Play simple games.
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 son is turning 2 in Nov. It's a sports theme. I need ideas.
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I have a 1 year old and he will be two soon. I'm trying to figure out how to plan his birthday and also the theme. Does anyone have any suggestions?
By haja from Woodbridge, VA
Use any of the kid themes that are popular right now, or else just use bright, solid colored paper plates, etc. You don't necessarily need to have a theme. I would just serve cake, ice cream and punch/kool aid/whatever. (01/09/2011)
I need ideas for a 2 year birthday party.
By Laqunta from Augusta, GA
Serve finger sandwiches and water. They will have a good time with friends, good luck. (12/05/2009)
Keep it simple. Planning games they can do is hard for 2 year olds, maybe just roll a beach ball around the room. The kids aren't going to remember anything so just do a couple things to appease the parents and get a few good pictures. (12/05/2009)
My son will be two years old in August. I have quite a few questions. Please help in any way you can. Is a pool party acceptable for this age group? If not, what are some other ideas that don't cost a lot. Our house is too small for any type of party.
Also, themes, my son loves Barney, but I can't find anything to do with Barney anywhere. He's not into Dora, Diego, Elmo, The Backyardigans, or really, anything else popular.
Also, one of his cousins is allergic to milk, and one of his friends is allergic to everything, including: dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, rice, corn, etc. What can we serve that can fit everyone, and not go way over budget? How many kids are too many, and is there a polite way to tell people no if we're asked if someone else can come? If you have any ideas, please help. Thank you.
Julia from Indianapolis, IN
I guess it all depends on who you are throwing the party for. Developmentally, the rule of thumb is to have as many guests as the number of years that is, a 2 year old would have 2 guests. That is, if the party is for him. If it is for the family that's a different story.
I certainly think a pool party is appropriate as long as the other grown ups realize they are responsible for their own children. The parents of other 2 year old's should not be dropping them off and leaving. They need to stay so they can "lifeguard"; their own children, if it is a full-sized pool. If it is a baby pool, you don't need one on one so much.
Activities can be kept simple, maybe get some rubber duckies from Oriental Trading and float those in the water. I have yet to meet a 2 year old (and I work with birth to five) who did not like bubbles. You can find a lot of fun ways to blow/make bubbles. (If fact, that might be a fun theme.)
For food, I would offer cupcakes, pretzels, fresh fruit, juice, and maybe Popsicle. I would let the parents of children with special dietary needs know what I will be serving. If they want cake that their child can have, they can bring it. You could put purple frosting on the cupcakes and use Barney stickers to make "pictures" for the cake. Last time I noticed, our grocery and Walmart bakeries still had Barney themed cakes.
I always liked baking the cupcakes in an ice cream cone; but you cannot bake them far ahead (or the cone softens too much by the party), so that may or may not be feasible. (I always did it the morning of the party.) I also don't think 2 year-old need more than a smear of frosting and some sprinkles.
Just make most things (that you can) purple, and add Barney stickers or images that you've printed from the internet. A toy Barney could be the centerpiece, with some purple, yellow, and green balloons tied on. Purple plates and napkins, etc. You could get some Barney coloring pages online (just google "Barney coloring pages" there are tons), and make "coloring books" for favors, and give each child a small package of crayons. You could make purple play dough. You could get small bottles of bubbles. And let each one take a rubber duck from the water. "Fishing" games (they lower a magnet on a string into a bucket with paper fish (or Barney cut-outs) with a paper clip on it's nose) and a few balls are always fun. Two-year-old's don't need to win prizes, just get the favors.
They're two. Try not to buy into the idea that it has to be fancy and big and have tons of games. Also bear in mind they won't last for hours and hours. We end up having the parties for the adults, and that's OK as long as we don't lose the 2 year old's pleasure in the process. And don't run yourself into the ground, you should be able to enjoy it with your little guy. Make sure the other parents understand they need to manage their own kids.
As for others; set an arbitrary age limit (say...2s and 3s only, or whatever works for you); and if others say something to you, just politely remind them that he is only 2 and you don't want to overwhelm him so you are keeping the party very small. If it is family asking, suggest you have a family picnic at the park the following week, or something like that. Try not to let them guilt you into making it bigger than you're comfortable with. (02/08/2009)
I'm having a birthday party for my two year old son. He loves cars so I thought I would follow along the lines of the Disney movie "Cars".