Birthday party ideas for a 2 year old boy??

Ashley - posted on 08/14/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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McDonald's or Chuck E Cheese for a boy turning 2??? Or any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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Tandalyne - posted on 08/16/2009

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My son's 2nd birthday was in July. He loves trucks and cars, so we had a construction party. I ordered yellow hard hats, inflatable hammers, & construction foam stickers from Oriental Trading Company. We had dirt cake served from the back of a dump truck complete with gummy worms and shovels. We served hamburgers & hotdogs out of clean hard hats and tool boxes. The kids received a brown sack lunch containing a juice box, grapes, & fruit snacks. When the kids arrived...they decorated their hats and colored on "New Construction House Plans"...a house coloring page found from the internet. For a game...we stacked up "demo" boxes, hung a ball from the tree, and the kids took turns swinging the "demo" ball at the building (stacked boxes). This was a big hit with the kiddos! Decorations: Yellow caution tape everywhere! We also hung my son's photo on the mantle complete with a sign that read "Employee of the Month". I also used clipart to make construction signs for every area of our home. "Loading zone" for the gift area, "Sugar-High-Voltage" sign hung over the cake, "Break Room" hung in the kitchen, "Kids at Work", etc. Lemonade was served from an orange Igloo cooler. For a "guest book", the entry area contained "Time-Sheets" complete with a comments section for birthday wishes. We also set up a clock here for decorative effects and a sign "All Employees must Clock-In". Favors were small container of playdo with a tag that read "Thanks for helping Elijah build some birthday fun!" A great time was had by all ages and the kids looked sooooo cute in their little hard hats! Not to mention that the party was fairly inexpensive.

Krista - posted on 08/27/2009

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LOL! Do you really want to deal with chasing a child around either of those places? McDonald's play places require the child to be at least 3 and there really isn't much for a 2 year old to do at Chuck E Cheese, either. I'd just do an at home party. That's what I'm doing. My son will be two at the end of September and I'm doing a Thomas the Tank Engine theme party and just inviting family and some close friends.

Erica - posted on 08/28/2009

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If you have your own home I would recommend having a simplistic and SHORT party in the backyard. Make fruit kabobs on pretzel sticks, capri suns roaring water and cake. Keep the games simple (check online for age appropriate games and songs). The longer the party lasts the more you are going to have to work at keeping the peace. You want your Angel to remember having a great day, not remembering all the fighting because parents still kept their kids there 2 hours past the time. Good luck finding birthday party ideas for your 2 year boy.

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Honesly he's only two so I don't think you need much! A few months ago we just had friends and family over to our home (have large family room in basement) and had fun. We did cupcakes because they are easier for kids and don't have to cut them! And we just did sandwich trays with chips and watermenlon or whatever sides you want. The thing my son enjoyed the most was the balloons we bought, just two packages and filled them with helium, all the kids loved them and took one home with them when they left! Parents were even able to play some card games and we all took turns, it was a great non expensive time and everyone even helped with clean up!

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HEATHER - posted on 08/29/2009

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is there a park with play ground around? have it there with piata and hotdogs cheese puffs cake and ice cram fello 2 year old will love it wait a couple of years for chuck e chese

Iysha - posted on 08/29/2009

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restaurant parties can get pretty expensive. I was reading a magazine article that had cheap party ideas for kids. One idea is a ball party. I'm not sure exactly what it said... but you could get some beach balls or other soft balls that the kids could play with and even take home as favors, have a big round cake (like a ball) and find some games that the kids can play with the balls or encourage them to make one up. Then just make hot dogs, hambergers and chips to eat. If it's in your budget, you could even get one of those blow up obstacle courses or jump houses (depending on the age of the guests). Have fun finding birthday party ideas for your 2 year old boy =]

Susan - posted on 08/29/2009

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Having two boys we had two very different personalities. The age can get overwhelmed easy with too much attention and can need simplicity.

Our 1st was happy with ballons and a blow up pool filled with balls to jump into, dump trucks and trains to play with, little sandwiches and cake, and minimal guests.

Our 2nd we had family and limited amount of friends at Selby Gardens (children under 3 free) with all the colors and animals there as entertainment, providing extra only of the cake and picnic lunch. You can pay extra for a special guest of pony rides, but they already have playground and animals exhibited.

April - posted on 08/28/2009

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In our family we have a wide range of ages and I always seem to have trouble finding something for everyone to enjoy. Backyard bbqs are great. When my daughter was two she attended a Gymboree for a party and had a blast. For my daughter's birthday this year we had it at a local farm. We ate a picnic lunch, picked our own fruit, and they were able to go to the petting zoo.

Jackie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Both of those birthday party ideas for your 2 year old boy are great ones, they are also expensive ones! You could always save a ton by having a birthday party at a park/shelter house. The kids can always play on the playground equipment, and if it's hot bring water games! Another cheap and fun thing is finger painting with pudding! The instant stuff works great and if you're having water games, easy way to wash off! Good luck!

Anna - posted on 08/26/2009

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Don't know where you live but we have a place by where I live that is called monkey Bizness. It is a jungle gym/ play place for kids and you can host parties there. My daughter is turning two soon too and I think that is where I will have her party at.

Michelle - posted on 08/15/2009

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I do this for a job and without cutting my nose off to spite my face, when i have parties for my own children i get the bbq out put up or castle perhaps do a couple of party games if its the younger one and a bit of face painting finish off with some balloon modelling job done ... but thats only cause this is my job anyway before i did this we used to do exactly the same without the face painting and balloons and the kids had as much fun if not more running round the back garden playing and eating hotdogs till they burst than they did anywhere else.

Ashley - posted on 08/14/2009

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chuck e cheese is always fun and they have some great games and things but for a birthday party for a 2 year old boy i would go with MD really all they care about is playing. Should you do it a CEC go to the web site and it will give you great coupons. hope it helps

Rebecca - posted on 08/14/2009

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im doing my sons 2nd birthday at Mc Donalds in 3 weeks, its a great thing that i used to work there and now what they are going to do. unfortunatly the party room at my local McDonald only seats about 10 ppl so i have asked if i could book out the lower lobby which seats abot 50 which they said no problem to. another bugger for me is that their playground isnt really suitable for under 3yo so it will be interesting what games will be played but im sure every thing will work out.



next year im thinking about not doing anything big like i will have done the last 2years

Traci - posted on 08/14/2009

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Quoting Charlene:

If it's a warm month, a good birthday party idea for a 2 year old boy would be to have a bbq and rent a small moonbounce. Depending on your location it could work out to be cheaper than Chuck E Cheeses.




i agree... i would say hamburgers and hotdogs, condiments, cake, all the side dishes and like charlene said maybe rent a bounce house to accomidate the number of kids that will be at your party.. that way if all else fails and only a couple kids show up at least they will have fun and the parents dont feel like they have to keep an extremely close eye on their kids.. at places like that for a 2-5 year old party.. i think it would be a little worrysome because i wouldnt just let my kids roam around those places with me sitting in one spot until they were older.... so im sure other parents feel the same way...



Chuck-e-cheeses never closes the whole place for a party.. they just keep people from sitting in a certain area.. and same with mcdonalds.



Just my opinion.

Charlene - posted on 08/14/2009

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If it's a warm month, a good birthday party idea for a 2 year old boy would be to have a bbq and rent a small moonbounce. Depending on your location it could work out to be cheaper than Chuck E Cheeses.

Iysha - posted on 08/29/2009

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restaurant parties can get pretty expensive. I was reading a magazine article that had cheap party ideas for kids. One idea is a ball party. I'm not sure exactly what it said... but you could get some beach balls or other soft balls that the kids could play with and even take home as favors, have a big round cake (like a ball) and find some games that the kids can play with the balls or encourage them to make one up. Then just make hot dogs, hambergers and chips to eat. If it's in your budget, you could even get one of those blow up obstacle courses or jump houses (depending on the age of the guests). Have fun finding birthday party ideas for your 2 year old boy =]

Jackie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Both of those birthday party ideas for your 2 year old boy are great ones, they are also expensive ones! You could always save a ton by having a birthday party at a park/shelter house. The kids can always play on the playground equipment, and if it's hot bring water games! Another cheap and fun thing is finger painting with pudding! The instant stuff works great and if you're having water games, easy way to wash off! Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 08/14/2009

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chuck e cheese is always fun and they have some great games and things but for a birthday party for a 2 year old boy i would go with MD really all they care about is playing. Should you do it a CEC go to the web site and it will give you great coupons. hope it helps

Traci - posted on 08/14/2009

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Quoting Charlene:

If it's a warm month, a good birthday party idea for a 2 year old boy would be to have a bbq and rent a small moonbounce. Depending on your location it could work out to be cheaper than Chuck E Cheeses.




i agree... i would say hamburgers and hotdogs, condiments, cake, all the side dishes and like charlene said maybe rent a bounce house to accomidate the number of kids that will be at your party.. that way if all else fails and only a couple kids show up at least they will have fun and the parents dont feel like they have to keep an extremely close eye on their kids.. at places like that for a 2-5 year old party.. i think it would be a little worrysome because i wouldnt just let my kids roam around those places with me sitting in one spot until they were older.... so im sure other parents feel the same way...



Chuck-e-cheeses never closes the whole place for a party.. they just keep people from sitting in a certain area.. and same with mcdonalds.



Just my opinion.

Charlene - posted on 08/14/2009

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If it's a warm month, a good birthday party idea for a 2 year old boy would be to have a bbq and rent a small moonbounce. Depending on your location it could work out to be cheaper than Chuck E Cheeses.

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