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Does anyone have any ideas for a 2 year old boy's birthday party and presents?
By mckell from Lafayette, IN
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.
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.
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
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.
My son is turning 2 in Nov. It's a sports theme. I need ideas.
I don't know if you have one nearby or not, but I just saw a bunch of sports themed decorations at The Dollar Tree. 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!)
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.
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.
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