I am looking for ideas for my daughter's 2nd birthday? It's in July. Beach party could work! Has anyone done anything that was a hit?

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Laura - posted on 02/08/2011

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I did a luai for my daughters 2nd bday party and it was a hit...everyone had a blast...

Lisa - posted on 01/05/2009

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Everyone, thank you so very much for your suggestions. The moonwalk sounds great! I appreciate the insight from moms like me!

Lisa - posted on 12/30/2008

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Two is too small to appreciate elaborate parties. She would probably be more comfortable playing at home with a small group of close friends and her favorite lunch.

Debby - posted on 12/30/2008

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On my daughter's 5th birthday - and I reckon you could do this for a 2,3,4,5 or 6 year old - she started Primary School. She turned 5 on the day she started, and we decided to do something for her during the August summer holiday. She was leaving nursery - as were her other friends - to start "big" school, and so we organised a TEDDY BEARS PICNIC. On the invites, we wrote "bring a sandwich and your teddy, and an adult!". I provided the sweets and puddings, and drinks, and we chose a huge park with slides, swings, etc. We stipulated the children to come with a parent/adult, as the place was so big, I was concerned about the safety aspect. We took along 2 big bed sheets for everyone to sit on, there were loads of teddies!! I took along a portable CD player, and played childrens songs. We played games, the children danced to the music, and played on the swings. It was a beautiful day, and all the children went home tired but happy!! This is actually really cheap to organise. All you have to supply is pudding and drinks, and a gift goodie bag. You make up the entertainment yourself!!

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My daughters birthday is also in July, so we have had a party in our back yard with a kiddie pool and an octopus sprinkler, which was a hit. We also wrapped gifts for all the kids. We put a number on each gift, then the same numbers in a balloon that each child picked, popped & matched to the gift. (since your daughter is 2, you may want to choose a number from a bowl or a hat.) We also have gone to the beach & brought a mini BBQ for hot dogs & hamburgers, another time we made sandwiches, fruit, chips etc. Enjoy your party!

Nicole - posted on 12/30/2008

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We did a Bugs theme. The invites were a ladybug on a gate-folded card with a pic of her in her ladybug dress & pull-out with details. I got Play-doh, pipe-cleaners, googly eyes so they could make bugs (or whatever). Since it was Easter, we did an egg hunt & I put Littlest Pet Shop critters, Lindt bug shaped chocolates, etc in the big eggs. The cake was a ladybug found on the M&M's site with tall sparkler candles for "antennae". They had a blast! Really, having a couple friends over & doing freeplay will work. They don't handle too many rules yet.

Maggie - posted on 12/29/2008

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My daughter bday is also in July, for her last party we had it at the house with a bbq.And had bought one of those banzai waterslides,( you can rent the waterslides too for about 150) it was perfect for the kids also had a kiddie pool set up. Since it is soooo hot her in the summer we wanted a cooling off activity!!!

Jesenia - posted on 12/29/2008

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As others mentioned before, a moonwalk is always a big hit. I rented a huge one for under $200 and all the kids loved it - even the adults! In addition I rented a popcorn and snow cone machine and we had face painting. If you have the space, then you will not go wrong with a moonwalk, cute decorations and kiddie music.

Susan - posted on 12/29/2008

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Both our daughters 2 nd birthdays were done like this in the month of May. It sounds simple but was a big hit. We conducted it in our backyard. We set up a table, a couple of little kid's tables, tied balloons to everything, set up "outside" toys, like a sand/water table, Up N Down Roller Coaster, push toys, cozy coupe riding toys, wagon. The kids just played about 30-45 minutes til everyone got there. Then we went straight on to the chicken nuggets and watermelon /strawberry fruit salad. Then we sang happy birthday and served the cake and ice cream at the little tables. Gifts were opened and goody bags were handed out plus one of the balloons and we were done! That's about all a two year olds attention span can handle. Any theme will do for tablecloths, plates and cake. Since it's really hot here in May it might as well be in July. We had 2 coolers clean and filled with ice and drinks. Actually the kids had fun with cups of ice playing with it and eating it throughout the party. Any other water or a shallow pool would just be too messy.

Melissa - posted on 12/29/2008

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My daughter just turned 2 in Sept. Strawberry Shortcake was a huge hit. I lit strawberry scented candles. Iced the cake in cream cheese and placed fresh strawberries. I blew up red and pink balloons and put them on the floor & played one of the Strawberry Shortcake movies and just let the kids run around and play. They had a blast and there was absolutely no stress for me :) hope this helps

User - posted on 12/29/2008

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We have a July birthday and 2 in August, so we rent the city pool each summer for an evening. Nothing to clean ahead of time, minimal clean up afterward. I've learned to have cake and gifts before the swim party, so as to not take away from swim time.

Desiree - posted on 12/29/2008

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For my sons 2nd birthday 3 months ago we did a carnival theme and it was a huge hit. We served "carnival" food, corn dogs, chicken legs, cotton candy, animal crackers, popcorn... you get the idea. We had a moon bounce and carnival games that we made ourselves with prizes for the kids to win. We got some big top music to play in the background and found tons of great party decorations to go with out theme. The carnival idea worked great for boys and girls

Cindy - posted on 12/29/2008

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The beach theme idea is great; they can wear their swimsuits and messy cake and ice cream can be washed off with water games! A word of advice from a mom who has
been there many times ... keep it short! 2 year olds get bored very quickly and after an hour or so of games, excitement and sugar they start getting tired and fussy. Most of all, have fun!! Nothing will go as planned but she's 2 and just wants to have fun!! Good luck!! :)

Jennifer - posted on 12/29/2008

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We had a beach party this summer and played pin the sunglasses on the sun, the kids had fun with that.

Rachael - posted on 12/29/2008

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hi no a beach party has too much danger for 2 year olds i have all ways done a home party as u know they will all be safe a jumping castle they love or just alot of balloons 2 year olds dont expect much they just love to have fun and play and eat lol well good luck with it have a nice day.

Melinda - posted on 12/29/2008

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My kids have always had fun with water themed parties. If you have grass or dirt get a slip and slide, water hose with an attachment that shoots water around. Water balloons are fun but have never done it with that young. Now my youngest is a January baby so we have usually rented a bouncy house. Usually if you go with a bigger company they have sno cone, popcorn, or cotton candy machines to rent with the bouncy houses.

Abbey - posted on 12/29/2008

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We dont have beach access but I bought sand and burried small toys in the sand and let them dig with shovels to find treasures to keep at party favors it was fun!

Brittany - posted on 12/29/2008

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One suggestion is you could get a cheap, shallow pool for the kids to play in and also sprinklers for them to run through.

Erlene - posted on 12/29/2008

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Hi Lisa,



For my son's 1st birthday I did a carnival theme and created my own games. It was a big hit with the kids & even the adults got really into it. I had sections in my backyard. For their goody bag, I got popcorn bag (that you would see in the carnival) and put their treats in it. Good Luck & Have fun!

Kelly - posted on 12/29/2008

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hi lisa i have a 16month old and for his first birthday we had jumping castle which i hired for $200 for the day 10am till 6pm we had older kids there two and i had a winnie the pooh them for everything and i made a icecream cake it was a great success we just had it at home and we had the best day.
for his second birthday we r going to have a wiggles party and have the jumping castle again they all loved it so much.
well hope i could be of some help all the best kelly

Sherry - posted on 12/29/2008

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You can never go wrong with having it at your house and renting a moonwalk and/or clown and getting adorable decorations. :)

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