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3rd birthday cakeSay 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.

3-year-old birthday party ideas

Party themes for 3-year-olds? You can't go far wrong with a Dinosaur party or celebrations centered around their favorite action figures (see: Spiderman party ideas). For either boys or girls, a Dora the Explorer party theme is also sure to be a big hit at this age.

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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More about 3-year-old birthday party ideas around the Web:

There's more detailed advice around the Web at top sites that will give you tips, suggestions and advice on themes and decorations, party treats and invitations for a memorable 3-year-old party bash...

Planning a birthday party for your three-year-old
- Tips on understanding your 3-year-old with expert advice on what will go over big, including ideas for venues, games & activities, food and party favors.

Birthday party ideas for 3 and 4 year-olds - Check out archived message board posts from the Berkeley Parents Network with tips ranging from low-key celebrations to full-blown extravaganzas.

Bug Birthday Party - This is a fun theme for this age group with complete instructions for "buggy" fun foods, craft projects, do-it-yourself party favors, games & activities.

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