Toddler 2nd Birthday

Ruzalia - posted on 04/05/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son turns 2 in May. Does anyone have any suggestions for a party? I am really at a loss as to what to do. Do I do it at home or go else where? Please help.

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Angela - posted on 04/09/2011

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My DD turned 2 in November. I had 3 kids and bought a Pooh cake at the grocery store. We played some videos and played with toys. They weren't into any kinds of organized games... They are too little yet. They had fun throwing balloons around. You could have an outdoor party and blow bubbles. Or take them to a playground after eating cake/opening presents and tire them out.

I have heard, and it makes sense, that you invite as many kids as the child's age. Seems to be a good standard.

Tessa - posted on 04/10/2011

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Two is a big step for the parents... just have something small but nice. The way Im going with my child is that for every age they are turing, that is how many of her friends can come. So for turning two, she had two friends come over. I just had a little party with the main people in her life, me and my partner, her grandparents and uncles, and my two dearest friends with their young children. We had dinner, a little home made cake, then surrounded her with her prezzies and let her go nuts! It was excellent, cheap fun!

Stephanie - posted on 04/10/2011

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What is he interested in? Elmo, Mickey Mouse, Yo Gabba? I say do it wherever he and you are most comfortable. But, keep in mind, when you have it at home, you have to clean up afterward. I also think the size of party you have is totally personal. Some people don't have a lot of family. My husband and myself both have huge families, and a handful of very close friends. After we invited family, and our best buddies we had about 30-35 people! It is completely personal. Just make it all about your little guy! Big, small, at home, the park, whatever y'all want!

Bethany - posted on 04/10/2011

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My kid would not have noticed a big party. He barely noticed us! He's not at that stage yet. We had a cake and gave him presents. He threw them all down, touched one or two and went back to Elmo. :) My daughter was different. She was more aware. She wanted to open all her presents herself and was very excited. (Of course she could talk at this stage, my son still does not.)
So every kid is different. No point in throwing a party if he doesn't seem interested in it.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/05/2011

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A big party can be very overwhelming to a 2 yr old...you know your child best...but we just kept it simple for our children at 2. They won't remember..and really they don't even care LOL ..the party is for you at this age.

We just got a small cake and it was just my husband and myself and our kids...(we don't have family near by or I would have had them too)

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Ruzalia - posted on 04/19/2011

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Thanks Elizabeth, this is very helpful and I have been leaning toward keeping it real simple.

Melysa - posted on 04/11/2011

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I found my kids had a great time at the party my son's god mother organised it was just my kids, and my hubby's cousins kids that were local! 10 kids in total between 8&1/2 and 6 months! she had a clown come out a bbq lunch a homemade cake! a few balloons, the party was paid for and organised by the godparents in place of a present that he would not need, we got to celebrate the day and it took the pressure off me to organise it all, it was a win win all round!

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My son will be 2 soon too, his b-day is July 5th though so I was thinking it would be nice to have like a 4th of July BBQ/open house/b-day party. Just really a very informal get together where people can drop in and eat a burger and say Hi but don't feel pressured to sit around and watch a 2 year try to blow out candles! haha :O)

Angela - posted on 04/09/2011

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Throwing a huge birthday party for a baby is just wasteful. For all it was, it cost about $40 and was just as much fun as anything else could have been.

I understand that in one Asian culture (not sure which) all babies celebrate the first birthday because after that, all people celebrate birthdays on one same day a year. In that case, the first birthday is quite an occasion.

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Nice idea, Angela! I will remember that. I've seen people throw MASSIVE parties for kids' 1st birthdays that look like wedding receptions.

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