2 year old birthday ideas

Jennifer - posted on 12/16/2008 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I need birthday ideas for my 2 year old! I have been debating whether or not to keep it at home or go somewhere else. I do need to keep it pretty cost efficient though, so any ideas would be great! Thanks!

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Jennifer - posted on 07/12/2011

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My daughter will be 2 next month and I was hopeing to have her birthday at a park again like her first birthday. I send out invites and wait to see what the weather will be like. If the weather will be bad then I make phone calls. All that fresh air will be good especially when it becomes bed time. Less cleaning at home so I can relax. :) But for her party I get two bubble machines and bubbles, balloons and some balls. This year i was planning on getting the bubbles again and a beanbag toss game. Then you have the park for the kids also. :)

Alicia - posted on 01/05/2009

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Keep your 2 year old's birthday small and simple. 2 year olds don't care. cake and ice cream will do just fine

Rita - posted on 01/05/2009

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We just had our party at Ooza Palooza, the best place ever and a great 2 year old birthday idea ! is like disney! check it ourt moms OOZAPALOOZA.COM

Shana - posted on 01/05/2009

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When my son turned 2 we just had family and close friends. i picked a theme and made the cupcakes and put togather some goodie bags. i got the icecream in the individual cups which made it easy to clean up. and let them all play in his room and outside. they had alot of fun.

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Arya - posted on 01/05/2009

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I just did my daughters 3rd birthday at home. I made a castle cake - she helped me and loved helping for her party. I also made some simple balloon princesses that I stringed from the ceiling. (white balloon, paper hair (you could use yarn) and a paper crown. I also stringed pink streamers around. All in all I think I spent about $20 on decorations & cake. For activities I took some poster board and cut out crown shapes that all the kids could make and wear. We also did cookie decorating. I also made some flower shaped pb&j sandwiches (cookie cutter shape - any shape will do) and I made up some pink juice (peach flavored that looked pink). She had a blast & I did too. I didn't do gift baggies for the kids because they took home the cookies & crown.

User - posted on 01/05/2009

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The last year my little one has loved to make their own cake at home. I let them stir it up and help pour and I have a bunch of sprinkles and the little icing tubes they can go wild. They LOVE it! When everyone comes for supper they show off what they did. They are still young I think for a kid party. They will have plenty of that later in life.

Heather - posted on 01/05/2009

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From my experience, keep it small and at home!! It gets very overwhelming for a two year old to have a big birthday party.

Molly - posted on 01/05/2009

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my second son is about to turn 2, we are keeping it simple. i am having close friends and family over for a dinner and cupcakes :) I am making sesame street character cupcakes and have elmo decorations. His cousins, brother,and 2 of my firends boys will just play eat and relax.

Heather - posted on 12/19/2008

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i had my sons party at home, and we just ordered a small bouncy (moon) house, and had cake and icecream. It was about $80 for the house, but it was for like 6 hours, and they kids had so much fun all day, and didnt even want to get out to eat cake, it was a great day, and we only had 4 kids there, but to see how much fun they had! and there was NO mess in the house since they spent the whole day outside! i will be getting a house every year as long as i can afford it. But we didnt do any other decorations, or food, jus chips and dip, and we had it at a time that was after lunch, so ppl came with a full stomach! good luck finding 2 year old birthday ideas!

Ashley - posted on 12/19/2008

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I just had an "art party" for my 2 year-old girl.....she and her 5 friends (same age) LOVED it. I cleaned out the garage, decorated it, and put down disposable drop cloths. I put out the kids' plastic picnic tables for with paintbrushes and paint, and also had large sheets of paper with fingerpaint on the floor. I definitely suggest keeping it at home, if possible, only because that age has a very short attention span, and the option of just playing with toys inside is always a plus for those kids that don't want to do the activity or just tire of it. Good Luck with the 2 year old birthday ideas!!

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I'm planning my 2 year old's party right now; its a Barney theme and it'll be my 2nd Barney birthday party funny enough, my older daughter had one too at 2 years old. lol...

There will be all included 19 adults & 12 kids so wee rented a small function room, at a small cost for residents in our condo. So will decorated it mainly with Barney theme colour balloons. I'm cooking, so, I'll be setting up a taco bar for the adults, kids will have some oven baked nuggets, chicken cocktails, fairy bread, chips, popcorn, other snacks, and drinks. Two games for the older kids: Egg relay race and blind man bluff; there will be 2 prizes for each child. Goodie bags: 3 barney party favour plus 2 candies. Instead of a birthday cake, I've ordered 40 Barney themed cupcakes; I think they are easier to eat, no need to cut and easier to distribute and eat. Its the craze over here in Singapore.

Christa - posted on 12/19/2008

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We just attended a little girl's 2 year old birthday, and the parents held it at the local community centre; they still had to do some set-up and tear-down, but the cost was low and it allowed for a big room to play in (kind of like a gymnasium, and because there are a lot of kid programs held at that community centre, there were play mats, small jungle gyms and a pretend toy house, as well as lots of balls for the kids to play with). The parents provided a few pizzas and a cake with Curious George plates, cups and napkins. It was all done and over with in 2 hours.

Tara - posted on 12/19/2008

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We have a local Carousel that has some tables and chairs. I just called them up and asked if I could bring a cake and hold a party there and they were more than willing to even help me set up the tables. They even gave me a discount on the token fare for all the children that attended. 2 is a WONDERFUL age for a Carousel!

Tracy - posted on 12/16/2008

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For my daughter's second birthday, we had a princess theme. I went to the dollar store and found little gift bags that we then filled with homemade sidewalk chalk and homemade playdough the kids got to make themselves at the party. The cost of the supplies for everything was under $20 and the parents and kids both still rave about how much fun it was. P.S. Everything is non-toxic, just clean up with a little soap and water and VOILA!! FUN times.

Randi - posted on 12/16/2008

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When my son turned two, we did a storybook-themed party at home. I made a book-shaped cake and ordered blank board books off Ebay. The adults and big kids wrote stories, pasted pictures, and sent birthday wishes in the books that my son can't destroy (he likes ripping pages out of regular books). We read stories to the two-year-olds, and everybody had fun. The books and cake pan were the most expensive part, and one can spend a little or a lot on accessories (pens, stickers, etc.) I spent about $80 total.

Sabina - posted on 12/16/2008

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We had our son's 2nd birthday party at JW Tumbles. It was awesome but not cheap (ours run around $350 plus pizza, cake, etc). It was great to have all the activities taken care of as well as set up and clean up). We are having his 3rd birthday party at a moon bounce place and cost is pretty much the same. I am not sure where you are but in Washington DC Metro area that is pretty mush the going price. Good luck finding 2 year old birthday ideas! :-)

Lisa - posted on 12/16/2008

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For my son's 2 year old birthday, I planned a special activity instead of a big party. We invited cousins and close friends to join us on a trip to the zoo. SInce they were close friends, each family paid for their own entrance into the zoo, afterall it was a day out for their kids too. Plus 2 and under get in free! After nap, everyone came back to our house for a cake I made, so he still got to blow out candles and open presents.

Catherine - posted on 12/16/2008

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Having a party at home will be cheaper, but having it out of the house will be easier.

Autumn - posted on 12/16/2008

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I agree with the parents who say they're really not going to remember their 2nd yr party, so it's more for you than for her. Although, i admit i tend to go overboard and i'd probably throw a huge at home party inviting all of my friends with children and such, but i know that's its for me more than for her. But she's a wonderful people person and loves the attention, so it works for her. It'd be nice if it was warmer, i'd say have it at the park with a picnic! But no. Pizza hut is a really good idea or McDonalds playland, although that's completely up to you to subject your child to that or not, once in a while won't hurt em! Hope you find a good 2 year old birthday idea!

Terri - posted on 12/16/2008

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I did my 2 year old's party at Chuck E. Cheese. Most of the kids were able to go off and play, as they were older. The younger ons olayed with one arent while the other got to sit and chat with the adults, and then the parents would switch. It was nice to be able to have some adult time with my friends and family, as well as not have to clean up after the party. They have lots of packages that you can tailor to your needs. It was not that expensive at all. Hectic inside, but well worth it. My 2 year old had a ball.

Susie - posted on 12/16/2008

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At home with family and cake is always a good idea. My girls didn't even remember their 2nd birthdays. Save your money for the older birthdays that they actually remember.

Sarah - posted on 12/16/2008

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I agree with Michelle, that you need to keep it short and small, but have some fun. If you don't mind a mess then let the kids finger paint, play with playdoh or decorate cookies. Also the small canisters of playdoh are great party favors at this age. Have fun!

Hailey - posted on 12/16/2008

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hi i'm going threw the same thing i have less then 16day now to sort something out, last year i tried the hole party at home thing, which didn't turn out well (since my daughter birthday is new years day) hardly anyone turned up

so thought this year maybe i shouldn't bother, but then id feel like a bad mother, so i'm just gonna give the home party one last go, at this ages it seems a waste of money having a huge party

so i'm keeping that for when she's three

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User - posted on 12/16/2008

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My sons 2nd birthday is this Thursday and I have decided to have family over for dinner and cake. I wasn't sure what to do either!

Michelle - posted on 12/16/2008

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Jennifer at the age of 2, my advice wud be to have a few of her friends over bearing in mind that they will come with the parents at that age and just have a tea she is too small to get into the games set like pass the parcel etc, make if for an hour so they can pley and also u can have a get together with ova parents at the same time.

Cathy - posted on 12/16/2008

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We did our 2 year party at Chuck E. Cheese. It was not exactly cheap, but you can design your package as you want, but it was so amazingly easy. I didn't have to prep or clean up, and kids of all ages (his friends and his older cousins) had a great time! Much easier than the 1st, having all the family and friends to our home.

Heather - posted on 01/05/2009

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From my experience, keep it small and at home!! It gets very overwhelming for a two year old to have a big birthday party.

Heather - posted on 12/19/2008

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i had my sons party at home, and we just ordered a small bouncy (moon) house, and had cake and icecream. It was about $80 for the house, but it was for like 6 hours, and they kids had so much fun all day, and didnt even want to get out to eat cake, it was a great day, and we only had 4 kids there, but to see how much fun they had! and there was NO mess in the house since they spent the whole day outside! i will be getting a house every year as long as i can afford it. But we didnt do any other decorations, or food, jus chips and dip, and we had it at a time that was after lunch, so ppl came with a full stomach! good luck finding 2 year old birthday ideas!

Ashley - posted on 12/19/2008

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I just had an "art party" for my 2 year-old girl.....she and her 5 friends (same age) LOVED it. I cleaned out the garage, decorated it, and put down disposable drop cloths. I put out the kids' plastic picnic tables for with paintbrushes and paint, and also had large sheets of paper with fingerpaint on the floor. I definitely suggest keeping it at home, if possible, only because that age has a very short attention span, and the option of just playing with toys inside is always a plus for those kids that don't want to do the activity or just tire of it. Good Luck with the 2 year old birthday ideas!!

Christa - posted on 12/19/2008

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We just attended a little girl's 2 year old birthday, and the parents held it at the local community centre; they still had to do some set-up and tear-down, but the cost was low and it allowed for a big room to play in (kind of like a gymnasium, and because there are a lot of kid programs held at that community centre, there were play mats, small jungle gyms and a pretend toy house, as well as lots of balls for the kids to play with). The parents provided a few pizzas and a cake with Curious George plates, cups and napkins. It was all done and over with in 2 hours.

Sabina - posted on 12/16/2008

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We had our son's 2nd birthday party at JW Tumbles. It was awesome but not cheap (ours run around $350 plus pizza, cake, etc). It was great to have all the activities taken care of as well as set up and clean up). We are having his 3rd birthday party at a moon bounce place and cost is pretty much the same. I am not sure where you are but in Washington DC Metro area that is pretty mush the going price. Good luck finding 2 year old birthday ideas! :-)

Autumn - posted on 12/16/2008

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I agree with the parents who say they're really not going to remember their 2nd yr party, so it's more for you than for her. Although, i admit i tend to go overboard and i'd probably throw a huge at home party inviting all of my friends with children and such, but i know that's its for me more than for her. But she's a wonderful people person and loves the attention, so it works for her. It'd be nice if it was warmer, i'd say have it at the park with a picnic! But no. Pizza hut is a really good idea or McDonalds playland, although that's completely up to you to subject your child to that or not, once in a while won't hurt em! Hope you find a good 2 year old birthday idea!

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