Say goodbye to the "Terrible" Two's and make way for a little calmer celebration - as your child turns the Big 3!
Improved social skills and a more confident attitude are usually hallmarks of age 3, along with definite ideas of likes and dislikes.
Now they're ready for organized party games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Bean Bag Toss, or Musical Chairs.
The 3-year-old may have an established playgroup or friends from day care, but the general rule of thumb for number of party guests is the child's age + one. More than that, and your child may feel overwhelmed by the whole celebration.
Save big on invitations by making your own - with a computer and printer- using a photo of the birthday boy or girl featured front and center!
Add a greeting, for example: "See how much fun turning 3 can be!" or how about "Oh gosh, oh gee, I'm turning 3! Won't you come and party with me?" Just be sure to add location details, time, date, and RSVP details and you're all set.
At this age, it's best to keep the party menu simple with a few of their favorite finger foods such as mini pizzas or chicken tenders with french fries or tater tots.
Include a fruit and vegetable tray for healthy snacking along with a party mix of pretzels and chips. And, remember to avoid peanut ingredients if any young guests happen to have an allergy to them.
Since their older and more social now, 3-year-olds will have fun with a party activity such as coloring pages, finger painting, musical chairs, a treasure hunt, or provide a pinata (with adult supervision!) for lots of fun and giggles.
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