Is your 2-year-old shy and withdrawn? Or is he or she outgoing
...and ready to party?
Experts suggest that you plan around their overall temperament.
Remember that structure is not as important at this age. Instead, focus on everyone having a bit of wild fun --and the messier the better!
PRO TIP: Get extra help with supervision, especially if you have more than three or four pint-sized party goers in attendance.
And, whether you opt for a quiet celebration or a convivial get-together, keep the party short to avoid a house full of cranky toddlers!
2-year-old birthday party ideas
If your 2-year-old is going through the clinging, "make-the-world go away" stage, simply invite a few favorite relatives over for a celebration of cake and ice cream.
If your child is more the party animal, and you're sure they will love all the attention, invite a few kids and their parents over for a party blowout complete with your two-year-old's favorite theme such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird, Elmo, Teletubbies or Blues Clues.
If you're making their favorite cartoon character or super hero the theme, by all means purchase the complete set of cups, paper plates, decorations, and matching invitations. Otherwise, just be sure to purchase party supplies that are bright and colorful. To save on invitations, print your own with your child's picture or a big bold "2" with catchy wording such as "Woo hoo! Kaitlyn is turning TWO!" or "Jake will be TWO and he would love to party with YOU!"
Remember to save space to include the location, date, time, and RSVP details.
2-year-old birthday party food
Besides the fruit punch, cake and ice cream, keep the party menu simple with a few finger foods that you know they will love. That includes chicken fingers and fries, mozzarella sticks, mini pizzas, or cheese sandwiches in different shapes using cookie cutters to make them extra festive.
Peanut butter and jelly will also be a big hit, but be sure that any toddler attending doesn't suffer from peanut allergies. A vegan option, such as a colorful fruit and veggie platter, might also be appreciated.
If you want to go lavish, hire an age-appropriate party entertainer. Otherwise, allow kids time to socialize and amuse themselves until the big finale when cake and ice cream are served.
Then send party guests (and their parents) home happy by having hosted a short and sweet birthday celebration.
PBS KIDS Birthday Parties - Let's get this party started with great ideas from PBS including advice on planning, party themes, decorations, cake recipes. and downloadable invitations, party decorations, and games.
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Year Old Birthday Ideas - Postings by parents with tips & suggestions on successful party fun for this age group including food, activities, and one particularly cute photo submitted by a proud mom.