Upcoming 2nd birthday parties- What are you planning?

Heather - posted on 01/04/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Hi all ! Happy 2nd birthdays to all of our little ones!

My daughters birthday is at the end of the month and we are sending out the Evites to her birthday party- it is the first one we will have that will have guests that are not family. What are you guys planning for the theme, food decorations etc?

We are doing Sesame street and thinking of chick-fila trays for nuggets etc...Looking for ideas what to do though with the kids

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Faith - posted on 01/06/2009

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I don't have party ideas, but I did something fun for my son's birthday (he turned 2 on the 2nd).  I hid his presents and then took pictures of them in their hiding places with my digital camera.  Our tv has a camera card reader so he looked at the TV to find out where his next present would be.  We didn't go crazy with his birthday, he only had about 5-7 presents.  But, this was a really fun activity...I recommend it!  :)

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Natalie - posted on 01/18/2009

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Have just had ours today. We went for a meal with our good friends. Because we live so far away from our families it was a really lovely day and Megan thoroughly enjoyed herself. Hope all of yours go well!!!!!

Amy - posted on 01/17/2009

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We are having a birthday party for my daughter tomorrow.  She LOVES Elmo, so we are having an Elmo theme.  And thankfully, the weather here in AZ is going to be in the 70s tomorrow so we are able to have it at the park.  And she is even going to have some friends from her daycare there to play with!  She is going to be so surprised :)

Beth - posted on 01/17/2009

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We had all the cousins over and had an Elmo themed party. I had each of the kids (with help from the moms) make their own pizza. I used bagels for the crust and I also had them make a design on top with sliced black olives so we would know which pizza belonged to which kid. After pizza and cake we opened presents and then the kids just played. I think at this age you really don't have to be too elaborate - they just want to play.

Sarah - posted on 01/15/2009

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my son is turning two next week and we are having his party on sunday. we are doing thomas the tank engine since he LOVES thomas. we got the paper plates and stuff on sale and we ordered from ebay some figures for the cake and i am going to make train tracks and put the thomas figure on it. we are also having the kids decorate train cookies. i am a teacher and my son is in my class and we are having a party for him in school as well and we found these thomas the take engine cup cake rings that you can decorate each cup cake with and then you can wear it as a ring also from ebay and they were very cheap.

Marcie - posted on 01/15/2009

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We did a tinkerbell theme from birthdayinabox it looked great! Custom cupcakes that said Happy Birthday  and a tinkerbell cake. Some veggies, fruit, and a sandwich platter.

Heather - posted on 01/13/2009

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Thanks for the mac and cheese recipe. It looks great!



For our party I was going to do something similiar with favors as sugar cookies as letter A (for Alexandra) and number 2 as the letter and number of the day. I also found this great party website in case anyone is interested in the future- http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com



 

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We are having my son's 2nd birthday party this weekend. His is also Sesame Street themed because he LOVES Big Bird. We went to a store that rents out cake pans and found a Big Bird pan. I'm doing some fun decorating, the party being is sponsored by the number 2 (for his age ofcourse) and the letter C (his name is Connor). I'm filling a small fish bowl with fish crackers to represent Dorothy and her friends. And playing a "count" game by guessing how many are in the bowl. We have 8 kids under 5 coming and a big finished basement full of toys. I have a pool to blow up and fill with plastic balls for Big Bird's nest.

Food is simple finger food.

Shyanne - posted on 01/12/2009

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I went to a fantastic 2yr-old party a number of years ago with over 100 people, food and farm animals for a petting zoo and pony rides... I'm sure he'll enjoy the photos later on, but honestly I think this was more fun for the adults and older children. For Kristina's party, my 6-year old is more excited about party planning (she had us drag out all the halloween and Christmas decos a month ahead of time), so she thinks we need to do an animal theme cake. I am actullay going to just take some of the little people animals we have and put them on top of a cake-or cupcakes-for her. A few years ago I decided that we would try to keep the parties low-key rather than feeling as though a tornado just swept through the room. They tend to expect more and more every year, something bigger better than what they had and what their friends have had. Crazy amount of spending and consumption. Kristina goes to a Montesory class three mornings a week and what they do there is the birthday child hands out a little celebration bag to all the other children and a song is sung, so that is her celebration with 'friends'. I really like the idea of hide-and-find for the presents at home. Being the third girl, Kristina gets a lot of hand-me-downs, so I do think it is important for her to have items that are truly hers and she has 'ownership'. I am sure that once she is older we will throw a few 'big' parties, so that she will have that experience like her sisters did, but this will also be for us parents to meet other parents of the children that our child spends so much time with...

Barbara - posted on 01/12/2009

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we just invite the family over for cake and ice cream, sometimes pizza too. this year we're doing a speed racer cake and similar colors for the plates and stuff. i usually do big blowouts and actual themes for birthdays, but this year money is kinda tight.

Carol - posted on 01/12/2009

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We did our son's this whole weekend. On Saturday, myself, husband, oldest, and him went to Chuck E. Cheese. Then Sunday, we made the cupcakes. He was so tired that he fell asleep in his chair after dinner. We tried getting him interested. Finally we started singing and he woke up, saw the cupcake and made a beeline for it. We had to hurry and get the candle blown out because he didn't want to wait. It was so funny seeing him go from sleeping to wide awake in like 2 seconds!

Carol - posted on 01/12/2009

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Quoting Heather:



Is there a link to the Mac n cheese recipe you mentioned from Paula Dean or is it only in the magazine? I want to make mac for my daughter's party  since it is her favorite food but I need a real recipe since her usual mac is Deluxe kraft mac which she can eat the whole box herself (although I suspect the hubbie steals a good bit of it when I am feeding the baby) If anyone has ideas to make it funner please share :)






Heather, the recipe I use is from one of her magazines.  I looked at her website and didn't find the one I use, but found one that looks just as good.



http://recipes.pauladeen.com/index.php/r...

Catherine - posted on 01/11/2009

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We've already had my daughter's party as her birthday is on the fifth. We had a Dora the explorer theme as she is obsessed with that show at the minute.

I spent a fortune on Dora tablecloths, birthday cake, goodie bags etc.... but the biggest hits were the star balloons on sticks I picked up for next to nothing.

Maybe I should learn something from this ;-)

Jocelyn - posted on 01/10/2009

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i have a boy and for his second birthday im just having a few friends over, finger food and cupcakes, and i have this little ball pit that im going to blow up for him.  that's about it...at two they still really don't know/care what's going on lol

Madison - posted on 01/10/2009

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I took my daughter to the party supply store so she could pick what party she wanted. She chose Tinker Bell so I am creating a Pixie Hollow in the place where we are having the party. I go crazy when it comes to parties and even though she may not remember it she will have great pictures to look back on.

Heather - posted on 01/09/2009

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Is there a link to the Mac n cheese recipe you mentioned from Paula Dean or is it only in the magazine? I want to make mac for my daughter's party  since it is her favorite food but I need a real recipe since her usual mac is Deluxe kraft mac which she can eat the whole box herself (although I suspect the hubbie steals a good bit of it when I am feeding the baby) If anyone has ideas to make it funner please share :)

Amy - posted on 01/09/2009

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We had my daughters party on the 8th, we invited about 10 kids and 8 babies and had it at the local playground, the weather was great and all the kids had a bawl. One thing I did notice was that my daughter tended to run off and play by herself most of the time but she had such a good time that she fell asleep in my arms as I carried her to the car lol, By the way the kids had a huge variety of food and it was the fruit platter that disapeared almost instantly.  

Angela - posted on 01/07/2009

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My daughter just had her 2nd birthday on the 3rd, all we had were family members who brought gifts and had a dinner with a cake. I think she is still too young to realize what it really is all about.

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My son is still really shy. So despite me wanting to really throw a big bash...I'm holding off. It will just be my husband, me, my son and my parents. I'm hoping for a good party when he turns 3! ;)

Yolanda - posted on 01/07/2009

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My Son is turning 2 on 1/29 which is the day after his big brother turns 16 on 1/28.  This year is so centered around my 16 year old that I don't want my baby to feel like his birthday is important so I am trying to think of something to do for him that will seem "big" to him, but won't cost me "big" bucks.  Any suggestions are helpful. I love the idea about hiding his presents around the house, I think he will get a kick out of that.

Carol - posted on 01/07/2009

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Also, Kraft Foods website may have some good ideas...to make it "funner" or something.

Carol - posted on 01/07/2009

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I make the mac & cheese that I got from a Paula Deen magazine..my kids really enjoy it.

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2009

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Hi! My son is turning two today! I can't believe how fast they grow up! On Sat we are just having some of his friends and their parents over, we are having homemade macoroni and cheese and hot dogs, there isn't really any theme to it though :) If anyone has any suggestions for great Mac and Cheese let me know :)

Michelle - posted on 01/05/2009

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we are just having family, I start the big parties once they are in school.

Heather - posted on 01/05/2009

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We did it small last year with just 1 cousin but figured we would try a true party this year. I am hoping I won't regret it

Caryn - posted on 01/05/2009

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This year, we will just be inviting cousins and keeping it small. I am throwing a party at Peter Piper Pizza(its like chuck e cheese-only smaller). Theres not really much of a theme.

Carol - posted on 01/05/2009

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We're just doing something together since there really isn't anyone to invite. We're taking the kids to Chuck E. Cheese for a few hours and then have cake and ice cream at home. We rarely do parties. With our oldest we did parties up to age 4 but we go on trips now. His birthday falls near Memorial weekend which is a long weekend so we take trips and it's alot of fun.

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