M.H. asks from Pompano Beach, FL on August 04, 2009
Ideas for Son's 2Nd Birthday Party
I'm looking for some ideas for my son's 2nd birthday party. We did a very small celebration for his 1st with just family. I'd like to have something larger for his 2nd, but I'm not sure what to do. In your experiences, is it better to have something at our house or have it at another location (park, gym, etc.) His birthday is Oct. 28, so the weather should be nice if we want to do something outdoors. It's also around Halloween, so we could use that as well. I think we'll probably have around 15-20 kids and their parents, Most of the kids will be toddlers, but there will also be some older ones (6-8 yrs.) I just want to do something fun without going crazy. I would love if you could share some of your ideas with me and tell me about parties you've either thrown or been to that were fun. I'd appreciate any ideas or words of wisdom. Thanks Moms!
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A.G. answers from Mayaguez on August 06, 2009
S.W. answers from Miami on August 06, 2009
Just have family and friends. He won't remember it anyway and you will be relieved of the stress. Wait til he gets married to have extravagant parties...
W.B. answers from Tampa on August 06, 2009
K.V. answers from Tampa on August 05, 2009
I do agree with Carolina - my son wasn't really into parties at 2 but at 3 he knew he wanted a party with friends and Bob the Builder theme. For his 2 year old party, we had family, cousins and one other family friend who had a child the same age. This seemed to be more than enough.
If you are looking for ideas, I have used my theme and googled it - Bob the Builder Birthday Party Ideas. I came across a bunch of websites that people had listed their ideas on - from invitations, to food, to games and even party favors. It was really helpful.
I would try to keep the number of children on the smaller side. Too many kids can get too crazy and the birthday boy can't really even spend time playing with all those children. One suggestion though would be to keep an even number of children so that two won't pair up and the third gets left out. This can and does happen with children, not on purpose, just does.
Have fun - remember that toddlers attention span is short and even shorter when in a group.
C.V. answers from Miami on August 05, 2009
I don't know where you're located but if you're close to South Miami try Cool de Sac. My son and I just discovered it a couple of months ago and he LOVES it there. I was thinking of doing his 3rd birthday there next year. Don't know the cost yet but it's definitely a cool place for a party.
N.T. answers from Jacksonville on August 05, 2009
15 - 20 kids?!? Wow. Why so many?
I follow this rule for birthdays: The # of kids at the party should equal your child's age plus one. A 2 year old should have 3 friends. (I read this somewhere years ago and thought it was smart.) If your son has cousins too, then maybe you bend it a little. I've been to toddlers' parties that had lots of kids and parties with fewer kids. In this case, less is usually best. Your son will have a better time, get to enjoy his playmates, and things will be less chaotic all around.
With fewer kids, you have more options for the party you want to throw too.
Good luck. I hope he has a great birthday.
C.H. answers from Tallahassee on August 05, 2009
In my opinion, I think he still too little to do a bigger party... by the time they turn 3 (this happened with my son who is going to be 4 this year) he asked for a themed party (with Thomas)... he knew exactly what he wanted...
This is totally up to you!!! but I think on their 3rd birthday is better to do something big b/c they are more aware of their surroundings and can actullay request what they like... my son could have care less for a party by the time he turned two!!!
Whatever you do, just enjoy it to the max since they are only 2 once!!!
A.G. answers from Mayaguez on August 06, 2009
Fifteen to twenty kids + parents sounds like a lot for a 2 year old. Could you cut that in half maybe? That way you can have about 10 activities they can do together without getting too tired and cranky. I like old fashioned birthdays where children play, not just jumping on inflatables.
K.N. answers from Miami on August 05, 2009
God Bless you all. Through my experience, I have discovered the joy of having Birthday parties at a park! We usually use Quiet Water in Deerfield. We set up around the play gfround and after words we often go to their water park. I usually order pizza and have the cake ect and games around the playground; and even older kids have fun on the play ground and at the water park. If it's open in Oct. I am not usre, but if not, older kids and little ones can run around the area having a ball game, or hiking around ect.. Most of the picnic table areas' have a small grill if you choose to do a cook out for adults & children alike! Both my girls love celebrating there! Good luck and Happy Birthday coming soon to your little one!
H.P. answers from Orlando on August 05, 2009
My son will be 2 on Nov 2nd...right around the corner from your son. We are thinking about renting one of those bounce house things for our backyard. We will see as it gets closer as to whether we do one with water (depending on weather) or not. That is fun for the 2 year olds, as well as the 6-8 year olds.
Another option is to have it at a bounce house. That way you dont have to worry about the condition of your house before & after. WE have a HUGE family, so that would get really pricey for us. That is why we are opting to have it at home.
Hope that helps.