need ideas for birthday

Amanda - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 40 moms have responded )

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i really need help with ideas for birthdays payton will be 2 may 7th and i dont know what to do for her last year we had her birthday at home and we had her sisters at home ... the at home out side i dea is getting kinda over used so what can you do for a two year olds birthday ?

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Samantha - posted on 05/02/2013

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For two year olds, you can host a small party at home choosing any toddler-friendly theme such as Barnyard, Sesame Street, etc. In May, weather will be very pleasant, so why not take them out on a petting zoo? Kids enjoy being out but make sure you have enough helping hands.

Elyssa - posted on 05/13/2010

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I know it's probably a little late now, but check out familyfun.com they have some really neat fun party ideas for all ages, great ideas if you are willing to put a little work and creativity into them!!!

Sophia - posted on 05/07/2010

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im having a party at home (dora theme)because kyla marie starts school next yr,so parties will be at school from then on.

Heather - posted on 04/27/2010

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We are doing Aidan's birthday at a petting zoo. He loves animals and the one in our area has pony rides and a hay ride for the kids. We are having it after nap time so we will just have snacks and cake. Our house is too small and this way the kids can run around and play.

Cecily - posted on 04/25/2010

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i did the exact same thing last year and doing it this year "a park party"....easy and less expensive way to go....but i have a questin? did u invest in any other toys for the party or did u jus let the kids play at the playground

Niki - posted on 04/25/2010

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hi,
millie will be 2 on the 20th of may and as it should be nice weather we plan to take her to the beach and then out for a meal with the close family as last year she had a massive party and my plan is to have her next one at 5 so every time she reaches a milestone and then when she goes to big school etc but kids love the beach and ice cream and rides and no mess to clean up apart from the sand and ice cream face lol hope ur lil one has a lovely birthday

Fiona - posted on 04/25/2010

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Hi Amanda.
Last year (when she was One) we had a barbecue for family and friends at home. This year I am planning something similar, but a picnic instead of having to cook food while people are there - last year my husband and I spent the whole time serving people rather than enjoying it. Good luck and have a great day!

Collette - posted on 04/24/2010

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I've looked up bubble games for my son's 2nd birthday. We will also have a kiddy pool with toys and plan to get a bounce house since we have different ages coming to the party. You can always do a search online for more ideas

Marie - posted on 04/24/2010

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I so so appreciate this group. I have always stayed away from Park BD parties for fear of the weather in NC...Rain, hot or cold. Any ideas for back up plans. I have always had BD parties at a location for my children and they have been a success. I am thinking of a repeat of my son's Bday in March at a Bouncy place location BUT having someone dress up like Dora and Boots show up. My daughter loves Dora!! Any other ideas!!

Karla - posted on 04/23/2010

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We are doing my daughter's 2nd B-day at home--last year we had a huge party, but are cutting it down to about 20 people--probably 10 kids will be there in addition. We're supplying pizzas and I asked people to feel free to bring their favorite party foods if they wish. We're doing a Sesame Street/Elmo theme since my daughter LOVES Sesame Street and especially Elmo. We'll make some handpuppets of the monsters (Elmo, Oscar, Cookie, Grover, etc.) as a kid's craft and have a few games. We're also lucky we have a big fenced back yard. But I am planning on it being much more low key than last year's big HUGE bash with about 70 people attending.

Monica - posted on 04/23/2010

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There are things like the Little gym, or bounce u or like chuck E cheese...those are always fun things to do for kids. or i heard of this place called Monkey joes...ive never been there but ive heard good things about it....i think its a mix between chuckecheeses and a bouncey place?

Christine - posted on 04/23/2010

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Best is to invite only 2 persons for each year your kid has. So at two years you only invite 4 persons. Last year i only invited two persons and it was a great party. For a child it's the best like that. But you can i party for yourself too that you get through this 2 years so good and happy and then you can invite more people. It's not my idea but it's seems logical. So a small party can be much fun for your child's birthday.

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Pavilion at a playground is a great idea for any age! We did that last year. This year we're having it at a bouncy place. D loves the big slide at the place near us. He'll spend the entire two hours running up and sliding down that thing. All of the kids we're inviting are pretty young so there shouldn't be any bullying or pushing. I'm going to read all the posts here to get ideas for next year!!

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I really liked mickeymouseclubhouse.com it is really great for helping with a theme and decorations (most all of it is printable including some hats). They also have customizable invites that you print out which are great and save so much time and money from handwriting and buying all of the invites. I hope this helps.

Jacqueline - posted on 04/20/2010

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i am just gonna get family round and do bbq and have hired a bouncey castel for the kids to play on x

Jennifer - posted on 04/19/2010

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Last year we had Lillian's party at my mom's house with just family members. This year we are having it at our house with just family members. My husband and I don't want to give her a huge party until she's five when she will be used to having lots of people around her.

Carey - posted on 04/19/2010

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Well my Zoie will be 2 the end of next month and she loves parks and the beach. So I would say plan something at your local play ground park or something where the kids can actually play...you'd be the best mom ever or so at that age it's how they make ya feel.. ;).... Do simple foods like cheeto's, piggies in a blanket, any of your childs favorite foods...at that age most little kids like the same things... or will at least try them....lol... keep it simple..... you will want to hide when they get bigger the price goes up.... at this age the birthday party is more for the adults to celebrate their birthday give it a year or 2 yet before they comprehend the birthday thing. I did a "Tinkerbell ( my daughters fav thing at the time) Luau". at the beach for her 1st birthday....she had a blast playing with the other kids and was a sleep before we ever finished packing the car up to go home! Hoped this helped.

Liana - posted on 04/18/2010

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We thought about having our little girls birthday at the park but the only problem we found was that since they're only 2 we would have to take them on all the play equipment and we woudn't be ablt to spend much time with all the adults.

The other idea we thought was good, was to have the party at an indoor play centre , so the children will be able to play and are also confined to an area where you can see them and at the same time you can talk to the adults.

Delnises - posted on 04/18/2010

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We're having Isla's party at a park. We did the same thing last year. We rented a pavilion and had food. It was relaxing and I didn't have a mess to clean up after wards at home. This year theme will be Abby Caddaby :)

Suzanne - posted on 04/17/2010

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I'm having my daughters 2nd at the park in May. Princess and the frog theme. Pinata of course , maybe a small bouncer and grilling some good food. I had a house party last year but I thought the park is perfect for the kids. You spend less on decorations and not as much to clean up. Lets hope the weathers not so hot.

Monica - posted on 04/16/2010

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We are having my sons second bday party at a pool. there will be a mix of older kids and toddlers so i tried to make it as family/friend friendly as possible. there will be plenty of adult supervision for safety too. But for his first bday we had one of those little kiddie plastic pools and they loved it, the bigger kids played with the hose. Water bdays are always a great hit here! but parks are great too, it may be too late to find a pavillion but you can make it a field trip party and have them go to the park after cake and presents....maybe have little animal face masks if she is into animals?

Alejandra - posted on 04/15/2010

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for may 20..Dani will be 2 too! and I am planning to do her bd at her school...Here we use to do a piñata and a cake besides all the games for their age...

Kelly - posted on 04/15/2010

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Help!!!! My 23month old is climbing out of her crib now, how do I get her to sleep and take naps? We are exhausted. I feel bad shutting her door? Klely

Kathleen - posted on 04/15/2010

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I went to a fun place called Make a messterpiece sponsored by bounty, they have painting area, bubble art, and chef school for the tykes, they were making banana sushi when i went, totally adorable.. Sadly for my Peyton, i am doing a pizza and make your own cupcake party, i gave up ondoing it somewhere

Latoya - posted on 04/15/2010

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I probably wouldn't have a big party for a two year old. I wouldn't have the next big party until age 5. For my daughter's second birthday which is May 28th, I'm getting her a cake and will probably take her somewhere such as the zoo or aquarium. Kids that age will love and appreciate just about anything of that nature.

Contessia - posted on 04/15/2010

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I was thinking about having my daughters party at an indoor play area but the rec. center sounds like such a good idea, I'm going to look up some places in my area. Great ideas everyone =)

Jenniferr - posted on 04/15/2010

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this year my son will be having his second birthday at a farm.
outside the farm they have this :birthday area: where you can bbq and stuff so we're doing it there then going to the farm afterward. should be a hit, as most of the guests are other toddlers and their parents.

Kerry - posted on 04/15/2010

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See if you have a "Monkey Joe's" by you, they have party rooms and the kids looooove running and jumping all day, they will surely have a great time :)

Alison - posted on 04/15/2010

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At age 2 I don't feel a need to have a full-fledged kids party with all the games and stuff. We might have a picnic in the park. All the kids care about is balloons and cake. The rest of the time, they can play!

Jenn - posted on 04/14/2010

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I know, it's awesome!! Perfect place for play dates because kids can run and play, you can actually have a conversation with out having to say no and don't touch that a million times, and no mess is made in your home. lol.
There are a few around Calgary actually and they are all always busy! I'm sure they must make a killing!
You should just open one where you are at. :) Or move to Calgary and I'll show you around town. lol :)

Amanda - posted on 04/14/2010

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Jenn- I'm moving to Canada just for Coffee and Scream! That's an ingenious idea.I had never heard of it. I wish Starbucks would do something like that.

Jenn - posted on 04/14/2010

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Not sure if there are any of these types of places where you live but we are planning to have Audreys birthday (May 20 - party May 23) at a place called Coffee and Scream. We have a few of these types of places around our city that have an indoor open play area for kids and a full service coffee shop for parents. On sundays they rent the whole place out for parties and we did our sons 2nd there and it was a blast.
If you are not sure if you have any in your city just google something like coffee play area or something.
The other thing that can be fun is a lot of times rec centers have gym rooms or bouncey houses that you can rent out and include a party room for cake and presents. Check out any local kids magazines in your city, they always have great ideas and ads in them for fun parties :)
Plus the other upside to out of home parties is no clean up. lol :)
Good luck!

Kyrsten - posted on 04/14/2010

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Last year we did a birthday tea for my daughter and only invited girls - little girls, momma, aunts, cousins, grandmas. We made a quad-batch of buttermilk scones, served strawberries, punch and tea. We had a scavenger hunt and scrapbook pages for those who wanted to make one to take home. For gifts, we told guests they weren't expected, but if they wanted to give something to bring a gently-used book or outfit. We had over 20 people come and everyone had a wonderful time!

Melissa - posted on 04/14/2010

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my sons birthday is may 8th he will also be 2. im going to the park. i think it will be the best place this way your dont have all kinds of ppl in your home running in and out. they will have plenty of space to run in play. its the perfect place!!

Amanda - posted on 04/13/2010

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We're having Landon's party at a park. We did the same thing last year. We rented a pavilion and grilled food. It was relaxing and I didn't have a mess to clean up after wards at home.

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