Need advice for 2nd birthday party

Jami - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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For my son's first birthday we did cake and ice cream at home with just close family and friends. I'm contemplating a party for his 2nd bday, but I'm not sure what to do. Most indoor play places are too expensive and with it being winter, I don't want to plan anything outside (even though we live in FL, there is a chance it could be cold). My next problem is that his birthday is 12/29 so the Saturday prior is the day after Christmas and the Saturday after is a new year. Can't really have a party mid-week as most of my friends/ family work.

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Courtney - posted on 08/27/2009

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My daughters birthday is New Year's Eve... so I run into some problems with planning birthday parties. Any suggestions?

Lori Ann - posted on 08/22/2009

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My boy is December 1st and we're thinking about having his party at a park this year. Last year we had it at home with just family and I wasn't sure about the weather for being outside. But my friend who's daughter's bday is just 2 weeks after my son's had her's out at a park last year and it was perfect out. I do live in Fla though :)

Darlene - posted on 08/19/2009

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That's funny. It's my mom whose not sure of the idea either!! I thought of books, but I buy a TON of them from a discount bookstore down the street. I thought maybe board games for next year!

La - posted on 08/19/2009

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My friend held a party for her son who is also born in December and on the invites she asked for everyone to bring a book as a gift. Everyone loved the idea except for grandma. I thought it was a great idea.

Darlene - posted on 08/19/2009

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I love the idea of the pool filled with balls and the plastic outside toys. I'd rather save the indoor playplaces for when he's a little older. I'm also thinking of having a music theme and asking for CD's as presents, if I can figure out a polite way to do it. I'm hoping that way we won't be overloaded with toys!!

La - posted on 08/15/2009

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I held a birthday party for my daughter in January b/c her birthday is the 23rd of Dec. where we invite everyone. On her b-day we just do a small family thing. I done a inside outside party it was a little cold so we just wore coats outside while they played everyone had a blast.( I live in Florida)

Ginger - posted on 08/14/2009

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We will probably celebrate with our church family. Take cake and ice cream for after service. Give everyone invitations a couple weeks ahead in case they want to bring gifts (they often get mad if I don't announce birthdays ahead of time) and maybe hats for the kids :)

Ginette - posted on 08/11/2009

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Try making some cupcakes and letting the kids decorate them themselves! It is a lot of fun. You can put the icing on yourself and let them put some candies and chocolate chips on or if you are adventurous enough, you can let them ice the cupcakes too!
Crafts are always fun if there aren't too many kids and the parents are there to help. There are lots of great ideas on the internet.
I am waiting till her 3rd birthday to invite only a few friends over. That's what I did with my eldest and it worked out great!

Wendy - posted on 08/09/2009

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Our son's birthday is December 26th. We are considering a half birthday party in June for friends so it will be nice weather and away from the holiday madness! And then still have cake & ice cream with family on his actual birthday. It's tough! Good luck!

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I would do his party the second weekend in December or the weekend after New Year's. My nephew's birthday is 12/23 and I hate how it's his birthday,Christmas Eve with the in-laws and then Christmas with my family. I don't go to his party-I just give him his gift at Christmas-it's too much with little ones. With both of my kids I just invite family and if there is a special neighbor or friend they want to invite,then I invite them too. With my December 12th kid I served hors d'oeuvres and ice cream cake. I try to keep it simple since I can't afford to do anything outside of the home and usually have to try to cram 24 people or so into my very small living room and kitchen.

Pam - posted on 08/05/2009

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Earlier in the month is definitely the way to go, especially at this age-they have no idea when their BDay is anyway. My son will be 2 on December 13th and my oldest daughter will be 11 on December 17th and I have found out the hard way that the closer you get to Christmas, the fewer guests you will have. I have paid in advance for parties for my daughter to have 20+ guests and have less than half show up because of holiday plans with the family. You could always have a party with friends early in the month and a smaller more intimate celebration on the actual BDay.

Jen - posted on 08/05/2009

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I'd do his party earlier in the month. My daughter was born the 1st so I got lucky, but last year we did her birthday party 2 weeks after her birthday. I also live in Florida (Tallahassee) and we will be having Savannah's 2nd party inside. We're about to move and will have a family room now (the garage has been enclosed) so we will be having her party in there. I plan on doing a Wonder Pets theme because my daughter is obsessed. We'll have the family that lives near by and our friends. I plan on probably having between 20 and 30 people altogether. I'm going to make the cake and a dozen of cupcakes because the cake seems small to me. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one thinking about birthday plans already. :)

Delicia - posted on 08/05/2009

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My daughter's birthday is December 28th and I have been looking for ideas and I can't come up with one, so I too would like to hear other people's ideas!

Joanna - posted on 08/05/2009

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My son's birthday is the same day...cool. I figure birthday parties and celebrations are going to be a challenge every year. A friend of mine that has a daughter born Dec. 26 (she's 4 now) has a birthday celebration with friends and family the first weekend of December and then her actual brithday is celebrated with her mom, dad, and siblings. We're thinking of doing that. Indoor activites for 2 year olds- fill up a blow up pool with plastic balls, little tykes plastic slide, and if there's older kids there you can do a craft activity.

Rebecca - posted on 08/04/2009

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Do earlier in December. My first son is also a December baby and since it is earlier we do both around his birthday. Yes together and I get two cakes or did. If they ever complain my brother and I always had ours together too because we were both March babies. I have the same problem with the winter thing. Everything inside that is fun is expensive. I hope others have some ideas.

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