Joint birthday party ideas?

Angy - posted on 05/23/2013 ( 39 moms have responded )

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I have 2 boys born 2 years and 1 day apart. They will be turning 1 and 3 this year. We ARE having a joint birthday party as we can get away with it until they get older. I was wondering about ideas? I'm not much of a 'themed' party person unless it's halloween. Sooo any ideas?

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Bernadette - posted on 06/04/2013

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Don't feel you have to go with a theme if it's not your thing. My little girl and boy are two years and six days apart and for their first and third birthdays they had a combined party. As you can imagine, it's not so easy to go with a particular theme that suits both so we didn't have one. They were too little for party games or anything so we had it at the park. I brought along food - fairy bread, chocolate crackles, etc, and bought two sets of party plates and cups - one in a girl design, one in a boy design. Same with party hats. I made them a cake each - the giant cup cake ones, and iced one with pink and one with blue. We set up at one of the undercover picnic tables at the park and tied up some balloons and streamers on the posts of the roof.the kids all had fun then, just playing in the park.

Brenda - posted on 06/01/2013

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If your 1 year old can walk a bowling party is a wonderful way to go and the cost is great which usually includes bowling a party room and a meal usually hot dogs or pizza.

I did this for my two boys often who are 2 months apart and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely

Stephanie - posted on 05/31/2013

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I also have two boys that will be 1 and 3 this summer they are 2yrs 2wks apart. We are.doing one big party Jake and the neverland pirates theme.

Kristin - posted on 05/28/2013

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You've got 2 boys so this shouldn't be too hard even in later years. This year, just go with whatever your oldest son is mad about right now. (I did a Toy Story party for my son & daughter a couple years ago. And a friend recently did a "camping" party that could work for both too.) Have fun!

Theresa - posted on 05/26/2013

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I have two sons that are only a year apart (march 24th 2008 and April 15 2009) and I always put it directly in the middle when it comes to a party. I usually theme by interest with the oldest at first but now they both are at different interest so we mash both interest together (superhero characters and Disney) and they get two cakes with their names on it and each of their own candles and fav character on (one is vinella and the other is marble) and on their actual birthday I celebrate with just a family day together by doing what they want to do (so they can celebrate individually on their actual birthdate) but when they get to an older age when they understand you can continue the trait by asking them when they fully understand once they are teens you can throw a surprise birthday for them both and on their actual birthday just let then do what they want. Just think of it as twins in a way and should be fine specially if their birthday is the same day or a few weeks apart or even a month apart just put it directly in the middle mashing their fav things together. It'll be cost effective in the long run instead of throwing two different parties. This year worry only for your oldest than next year mash it together so both are equally happy.

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Carolina - posted on 09/14/2014

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My daughter turned 2 in June and her friend is 13days older so we did a joint party.
The theme: Miami Vice/80's
I like to do crazy themes for her since she wont really into picking one now.
Most of the parents were so pumped about being able to wear an outfit from when they we growing up! Plus its so fun to go thrift store shopping for a random 80's outfit for your little one! We always do prizes for best costume for kids and adults to encourage the dress up!
(1st birthday was a star wars theme, she was R2D2, her dad was a storm trooper and I was Bobba Fett)

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Choosing a theme makes things so easier, you don’t have to bother what decoration you should buy or which invite you should send. Everything is available prepackaged. So I suggest, choose a simple them such as jungle theme party. The one year old would love the fun and festivity whereas the three year old can have some scavenger hunt and break open the alligator pinata. Have a barnyard party; take them to a petting zoo and let them play with the animals. Both of your sons can have equal fun and it will also reduce the efforts of decorating your house. Have a Mickey Mouse clubhouse party in case they love watching this show. These themes are very easy to plan. You an easily get theme party supplies here :
http://www.mybirthdaysupplies.com/

JENNIFER - posted on 06/06/2013

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MY CHILDREN ARE 1YEAR 6 DAYS APART RIGHT NOW MY DAUGHTER IS 5 AND MY SON IS 4. WE HAVE HAD JOINT PARTIES SINCE MY SON WAS BORN. HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS: CIRCUS THEME, WATER(BEACH) THEME, DISNEY THEME. DINOSAUR THEME, SUPER HERO THEME ITS ALOT EASIER WITH TWO OF THE SAME GENDER. PICK SOMETHING THAT BOTH OF THEM LIKE TO DO.

Megan - posted on 06/03/2013

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A cute game for little ones is Duck Pond...just get a bunch of rubber ducks http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V26... and float them in a small amount of water in a small blow up pool or bucket. Put numbers on the bottom with permanent marker...every duck gets either 1,2 or 3. Then have prize bags numbered 1, 2 and 3 (I used pretzel sticks, fruit snacks and stickers). When the child picks a duck they get the prize with that number. And they can pick several times cause its okay to win several pretzel sticks.
Also a bubble maker machine http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000197... is great for this age. Do on your mark, get set, goooo...turn on the machine and let em pop those bubbles. After a bit, turn off the machine and yell freeze. Kids will play this over and over!
Have a blast!

Jamie - posted on 06/02/2013

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Just an Idea - Get a Cake that will do for both - But normally if they are 1 yrs old the stores usually give the first birthday cake free - nothing major or fancy but I know they did in california for my son. -- However if they do not - I would get maybe a 1/4 sheet cake -- half for the 1 yr old and half for the 3 yr old - of whatever the 3 yr old is into - They are able to do half and half ... or they should be able to... Hope this helps and good luck...

Dolita - posted on 05/31/2013

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My youngest two girls are 2 years apart (birthdays are a few weeks apart) They have had two joint parties that were both great. Rockstar at ages 9 and 11, and Disney/Pixar at 10 and 12.... all the kids had a blast! Since your boys are so young now, finding a common theme should be easy. If you need some help, feel free to ask, I made almost everything for the parties :)

Natalie - posted on 05/31/2013

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We did a fun Jungle theme party when my twins were around that age.

I also wanted to add that we went to a really cute fire truck party last year. A fire truck theme would be really cute for two boys.

Daniell - posted on 05/31/2013

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I usually don't do themes, but my daughter likes hello kitty, so we bought HK paper plates, and I got a pink plastic table cloth, and pink streamers/balloons. You should check out the dollar store near your house and see what party supplies they have. Maybe just have their favorite colors be the theme. Not sure if you have a lot of other kids, but goodie bags are a fun thing to do also.

Julie - posted on 05/31/2013

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Four of our five children have birthdays within 10 days. This year they will be 23 (my stepson), 8, 5, and 4. We've always done one large party on the weekend inbetween the two sets of birthdays. Most of our family lives out of town, and it doesn't seem fair to make them drive all the way a week later for another party. We do themes with cupcakes instead of separate cakes for everyone. Cupcakes are easier to personalize and last year we did a sheet cake for the older one and adults that wanted a different flavor. The little ones are all girls, so we just did pink plates, napkins etc, and blue ones for my stepson. Saved a ton of money instead of trying to do three separate themes. I also went to a joint birthday for my youngest, and couple of cousins and my aunt. We split the cost of a large sheet cake and just decorated each quadrant for each person

Melissa - posted on 05/30/2013

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I'm doing a joint party for my girls this coming birthday. My girls will be 10yrs and 1yr old :-) We are doing a baby animals party with pony rides....this party is only 1hr for the animals, so that will be long enough for my little one, and then doing some older games for my eldest. Theme is animals !!!!
Balloons in each fav colour and a cake each....
Hope that helps

Tonya - posted on 05/30/2013

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cars, the movie or in general or trucks. the dollar store always has cheep, cute party stuff. from generic "happy birthday" to dinosaurs, monster trucks... two toddler boys is easy, anything with wheels!!! good luck

Megan - posted on 05/30/2013

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Maybe pick two themes for the party, one for each boy. I had a ladybug theme fom my two year olds birthday because she loves them. You could have dinosaurs and astronughts, or whatever each one likes. Two different kinds of balloons, and if you don't want to get two cakes, just get two different cake toppers. I got my daughter a toy ladybug to top the cake I made, and swear she loved it more than the cake it's self. Then just light the candles twice so each one gets a turn blowing them out. :)

Rebecca - posted on 05/30/2013

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Hello! I noticed you put "until they get older" There is no reason why you can't do joint parties for many yrs. I have three kids, one just turned 1, another just turned 12 and in June I have another that will be 5. I do a joint party for all of them. What I do is a bbq, family is invited and freinds. One big bash. I find it more ecomonical as well as less stressful then to plan 3 seperate parties. Of course, on their birthday we do something for that one child as a family, so everyone gets their own day too. :)

As for ideas, at 1 and 3 yrs of age and both being boys you could easily theme it after the oldest's favorite cartoon show. (Plates, napkins, ect.) The youngest will just enjoy the attenetion and new toys. Plus, if they are anything like mine the youngest wants to be like the oldest! lol I would worry less about themes and more about just having fun. Thats what the kids will remember.

Monica - posted on 05/29/2013

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I would say a cake for each specially since the 3yr old is more aware and will want his own. And I would say for the theme should be easy u should know what kind of character your sons are into so it's easy to go with that(: hope it turns out great(:

Rose Namuyiga - posted on 05/29/2013

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This sounds quite interesting! My girls are 4 years and 1 day (26th and 27th October), sounds funny but am getting ideas too. Thank you all for the postings.

Clio - posted on 05/28/2013

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I did the Grufallo for my 3yr old last year. Picnic in woods and trail for older ones to follow of characters from the book. Excellent fun.

Katrina - posted on 05/28/2013

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My sister has 2 girls that are 4 yrs and 2 days apart. They are now teenagers. The week of their birthday, she lets them choose a weekend before or after their birthday. One gets one weekend the other gets the leftover. When they were little she had the birthdays together. When they get older they have different friends and want different parties. Hope this helped

Aimee - posted on 05/27/2013

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Have the birthday party as a theme! Have two cakes one for each of them. You can play basic games like duck duck goose, what time is it mr wolf, etc!

Amanda - posted on 05/27/2013

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My brother and I always had joint birthdays as we are exactly two years apart (June 26th for both) My mom never really did a theme but she did make us our own pinatas and cakes. For the three year old you can really easily make a pinata with newspaper and cut it out in his fav thing and paint it. For my first birthday I got a round cake, same as my sons first birthday. But since my brother and I shared a birthday as we got older we got specials cakes, like a train or mickey mouse. You don't have to do themed just get plates with disney cars on it and make a car pinata done and done since boys like cars!

Jenny - posted on 05/27/2013

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My two older girls are 23 months and 2 weeks apart. I've had joint bdays since they were little and basically just did it as one big party. They had their own cake, own friends and it meant all the family only had to come on the one day rather than twice in two weeks. They are now 11 and 9 and prefer to just days out with their small group of friends rather than a big party. It is so much easier. :-)

Alberta - posted on 05/27/2013

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2 of my 3 girls are 3 years and 4 days apart. They each get their own cake and their own theme. Last year was Minnie Mouse and Butterflies. The colors compliment each other and it saves a bundle on the parties by sharing a party but having separate themes. This year I am facing big problems because the soon-to-be 4 year old wants Minnie Mouse again and the soon-to-be 7 year old wants a food drive to benefit the local food pantry! This year will definantly be interesting! I may have a "can-can Minnie party"! Just go with separate cakes and make each feel special any theme that they like will be fine!

V - posted on 05/27/2013

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My kids are 2 years and (less than) 2 weeks apart. So far we've just had their party on the weekend that is in the middle of the two dates. I'm not fond of themes either, so we usually pick a color or color combination and work with that so things look a bit more put together.

I figured, when they are older they can have a special mini cake and dinner at a restaurant with just Mom, Dad, and siblings, and still share a party (unless they really don't want to, then we will work with that).

A - posted on 05/27/2013

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My boys are 364 days apart, next year the eldest will be 2 and the youngest 1 so I share your worry about what to do. The midwives at the hospital were brainstorming for me and came up with sleepovers-go bed on one persons birthday and wake up on the others which is fine for weekends but not in the week and not when theyre tiny. When theyre teens they can have a late night party from one night to the early hours. I have April babies and I live in the UK so its rainy month usually, Im going to hire the local soft play centre and invite family and selected friends for 2hours play with afternoon tea.

Teddy - posted on 05/27/2013

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Hello Angy

yes its good for saving purposes as one day doesnt make a big difference to me .

Evangelyna - posted on 05/26/2013

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I would just have a "theme" or whatever that goes along with the 3 year olds interest. The 1 year old isn't going to remember or understand what's going on anyway.

Jasmine - posted on 05/26/2013

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Awesome idea! We have a 7&8yr old and thats something will do every other year.

Christal - posted on 05/25/2013

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I would have a joint birthday party. To be honest, I would focus on the interests on the three year old this year as the one year old probably won't notice or remembet too much =) For themes you could try animals, a cartoon character they both seem to watch, or even just pick two colors, such as blue and green and run with it!! We do a lot of themes based on a color- cheaper and easier than a character.

Naomi - posted on 05/25/2013

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I have two kids 3 years 1 week apart. Older one is girl and younger is a boy. We rented space at a park with a covered area, we did a Jessie and woody party, (cowboy). Matching outfits. Bought some hay and did a candy hunt in the hay.Got them separate small cakes and a big one for everyone else to share. It turned out great!

Nicole - posted on 05/25/2013

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I have 2 boys 3 years and 2 days apart. They turned 7 and 4 this year. We have always had party together. For the youngest ones 1st we had a one year theme and the 3 year old had curious George. We just had each their own table with own plates and napkins and stuff. It's easy to do it at same time even with different themes and just have everyone over at once and only one mess to clean. We have done the same theme the past few years but they each always have their own table and own cake we always make one a chocolate cake and one a vanilla cake so there are options. Not had any problems with the joint party yet and plan to keep doing it.

Tracey - posted on 05/25/2013

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It depends on their likes/dislikes and are they the same sexes. A family BBQ is an easy way to get around it. At their ages it does not matter that much. My sisters are 3 years 2 days apart different sexes and up to the oldest turned 6 had their birthdays together with a cake each in the later years. Then her daughter become interested in fairies, she tried to use this for the combined birthday when she turned 6 but after that she did not want a baby at her party but who own party. My oldest and his cousin 4 years apart both males had an interesting birthday with the family with 2 different cakes after that we went to have separate parties mainly due to age differences.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/23/2013

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What time of year (summer, fall?)

We didn't theme when mine were that age, but since they were both summer babies, we had a BBQ on their birthdays, and invited whomever was pertinent at the time.

I love the 2 years and one day apart! That's cool! (maybe they won't think so, but I sure do...LOL)

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