By Mckell from Lafayette, IN
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.
The child will never remember their 2nd birthday so consider older kids that will be guests and pick a theme they will appreciate. They will have more fun and the result will be they possibly will look forward to the child's next birthday party (at 3 & 4 & 5 etc.)
Gift idea - A piggy bank with a $5 gift for each year of age up to age 5. So at 2 it has $10 put into it. You could even put in the $5 for year 1. After age 5 you give them $1 for each year. Start the habit of saving early in a child and they will have a better chance of saving as they get older.
You can also tell them it would be good for them to save 10% or at least $1 ( or half the amount) from other money they are given from other people. And of course you can tell them they can always put money in because they want to.
When they start to ask make it clear that no money can be taken out until they graduate high school.
Party: mama, daddy & siblings and a cake & you will have a party. Might invite grandma & grandpa's if they live near.
Presents:, start now as you intend to continue might select something that is meaningful. One of mine loves shoes (it seams from birth) and the other money (the same). So I have added nice little collection for them over the years.
Cake: I always fixed mine the same cake each year. Now both of them are grown and get highly upset if they think they won't get their special cake (because I'm not there). Both say their cakes mean birthday. My daughter's is a cookie cake and my son's a dirt cake. Last year a girlfriend had to call to find out what a dirt cake was so she could make it.
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