What do you do for a 2 year olds Birthday Party?

Andrea - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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What do you do for a 2 year olds Birthday Party? My daughter has lots of adults friends that love her and want to be included in celebrating her Birthday. We don't know to many Children, just our friends with kids ages 3-5. Last year we reserved a room at a restaurant and way to many people showed up. It was a crowded chaos! Appartently planning Birthdays takes some practice! Any affordable suggestions?

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Samantha - posted on 12/10/2012

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Hi Andrea, the best way to plan a kid’s party is to keep your guests number as minimum as possible. Invite only kids and not the parents. Encourage your child to choose her guests and teach her to invite only those who are really special for her. She is too young to understand this but with time, she will learn to make logical decisions.

Ash - posted on 02/08/2010

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Here's what we did for our son's 2nd bday. I made a big cake with 2and a half cake boxes and used half to make cupcakes for the kids, a lot of jello, a garlic spread with french bread, salsa with chips, jalapeno poppers, mac and cheese muffins and another dip with chips, then got 4bottles of wine, ordered 3 large pizzas, some beer, decorated with balloons and had over our closest family & friends over, around 20adults & 5kids.. It was FUN, easy, & cheap.. We had a great time and our son enjoyed himself to no end, which is what matters!! We couldn't afford an actual birthday party but we didn't want our son's birthday to go unnoticed.. It was a really fun evening.. Try something like that.. Have fun!! God Bless

Katrina - posted on 02/05/2010

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We did a small family party at my parents house, with cake and balloons. And tomorrow we will have over three of her little friends and their parents for a couple of hours but I am not planning any games I figure they are too young for the traditional birthday party games. I am just going to put out a bunch of her toys for them to play with and buy good kid finger food.

Hillary - posted on 02/04/2010

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I'm excited to try a book exchange in lieu of gifts. Every guest brings a wrapped book (new or used) and each guest leaves with their own "new" book. We'll see how it goes!

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Mary - posted on 12/03/2012

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Maybe next time try going to a park area and chuck up some shadding , and tell everybody to come to the park as if they were going to the beach chilly bin with food and beach towels and that way the kids can have fun the adults can still mix and mingle but theires the safety factor were theires no water, but maybe just the little deflatable toddler pool and balloons. or a bar b que.

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My son's first party was crazy, it was a pirate theme, and we invited everyone we knew. It was very expensive, and neighborhood kids that weren't even invited were walking off with the decorations! This year we're going to do something alot easier and invite just family (since we don't know alot of children who are nearby) and we're going to just let him build a bear at the Build a Bear shop :) Hopefully it will go well :)

Stacey - posted on 02/07/2010

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I'm currently pregnant with my second (due the end of March), my daughter's b-day is the 21st of Feb after a week of doing a musical with my school. I was wondering the same thing - what to do for her 2nd birthday. When I asked my husband his answer was - "We'll have a few people over here and have a party in the kitchen!". It's nice to see that others have the same idea - some snacks, play time and a cake with family and a few close friends. I'm going with this plan (I may even ask fam to bring the snacks to help out)

Cassandra - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son is turning 2 here on the 15 of february. We are having people over to our house, making hamburgers, hotdogs, and cake, and the letting the kids play. How do you really plan to much. Not like they are going to show alot of interest in organized game play...Let the kids have fun!!

Ashlie - posted on 02/05/2010

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I'am having the same problem. So I'am doing a fun day with him and he's brother and sister. Going out for Dinner and cake and presants. make that day a family fun day. And of coarse lots of picture taking.

Karyn - posted on 02/05/2010

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my son turns 2 later this month we just plan on having small party at home with family and close friends i feel that their not old enough to really comprehend much more we're just having wading pool sand pit boys have swing set and any toys that he might want to play with

Julie - posted on 02/04/2010

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I plan to do something small cause she won't really remember it. I have a small house so I decided to just invite a few family members. I am not even doing a theme, and I will probably make the cake.

I did a bigger party for her first, just cause it was the first. Her third I will do something bigger cause she will be more aware of what it is about. I figured I would just save money with this one. I do feel bad, but I have a 2 month old, and thing's have been so hectic that I didn't feel we need anything too exciting.

I suggest just doing something small at your house. If you know a lot of people, I would suggest trimming your guest list. You would be supprised at how many people would understand.

Brooke - posted on 01/29/2010

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My daughter's about to turn two and we were having the same problem. The only thing we came up with was to have it at our local church's fellowship hall. It's big, indoors for Feb. weather, FREE and we can bring whatever we want for food and fun. Because there are so many loving adults, I am recruiting a few to help with prep. and play stuff. So that's my suggestions, hope they help.

Shea - posted on 01/11/2010

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Hello! I just asked my ex-boyfriend's sister-in-law the same question last night she has a 4 year old and she said that it would be better to have it at home with family and close friends like we did last year. I had thought about maybe Chuck-E-Cheese but she said that she wasn't old enough yet so depending on how advanced your little one is that might be an option for you. good luck and know that I too am facing the same problem.

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010

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I had my older son's 2nd party here at the house. We had a construction theme, which was pretty easy to pull off. I got hard hats for less than a dollar at Orientaltrading.com, yellow construction tape for the backyard fence, lots of blocks for building, sand in the sandbox with tractors, and pieces of white styrofome with golf tees that they could hammer in with play hammers. We served hot dogs and fruit with little water bottles to drink. I laid out quilts for sitting on and sodas and chips added for the adults. Everyone seemed to have a good time and it didn't cost hundreds if dollars. The sand, tractors, and blocks were his birthday gifts from us.

Jane - posted on 01/11/2010

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Hi Andrea :),

An indoor playground, with ballcrawls, bouncy castles, big foam cushion's and climbing frames always has a section for the smaller more wobbely kiddies. These are alot of fun for the parents and little ones.

But a nice big party at home is always your safest bet, and if your home isn't big enough for your party guests, rent a party tent, put it up in your nearest park and have your party there.

Also you can buy really cheap bouncy castles or ball crawls over the internet. Little kids LOVE bouncy castles and ball crawls!!!

And they are great for future parties to :)

Have fun, but try not to make it to much work for yourself, think sweet and simple. Your 2 year old will love just being the centre of attention surrounded by loved ones.

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