2Nd Birthday Ideas - Murfreesboro,TN

Updated on January 31, 2009
K.K. asks from La Vergne, TN
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My daughter will be turning 2 in about 6 weeks. We weren't able to have a party for her 1st birthday so I really want to have one this year. Here is my problem...I want to do a princess theme, but there are a group of 15 kids (yes, I know, that's a lot!) and only 6 are girls (three of which are older than 2). Do you have any creative ideas to 1) keep the cost way down and 2) include all the boys with such a girly theme?

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Thanks so much for all the great suggestions. It looks like we are going the princess/knight route. Most of the boys are 4 or 5 and would definitely care that everything was pink! :) This is always a great place to go for advice...thanks ladies!

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A.P.

answers from Lexington on

Maybe you could find "king crowns" at a party shop or even the Dollar Tree or have them make and decorate their own.

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R.B.

answers from Raleigh on

Almost all little girls (despite thier age) love tiaras and most boys love to play swords(to "slay the dragon") You can usually get both, the tiaras and foam swords, at most Dollar Tree stores - we had a princess party for my little girls 3rd bday , my boys didn't care that it was all pink, i made a castle cake and they thought that was too cool - you can get good cake [email protected]____.com
Pinantas are ususally a great hit too!

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K.T.

answers from Charlotte on

I had the same problem as you for my niece and we had over 25 kids. For the girls, I gave them each a tiara, in which you can by 1 pack that will cover the 6 girls, a wand that cost $1.00 from the dollar store, and each girl received a princess barbie like doll from the dollar store as well. The dollar store had Snow Whit, Cinderella, Ariel, and Jasmine. For the boys, I gave them crowns that I ordered off of the internet for really cheap, a plastic sword from the dollar store, and a horse from the dollar store. The kids really enjoyed their gifts and the parents thought I spent a lot of money, but in reality I only spent about $3.00 per child including the snacks that were in the bag. I hope this helps. Have fun.

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K.S.

answers from Hickory on

Princesses do have princes, so there's something for the boys. If you do this, I'd suggest that you go to Burger King and get some of their paper crowns (ahead of time), and put some sort of picture in the front center over the Burger King logo. You could put "boy" heroes (SpiderMan, Mr. Incredible, the Hulk, Shrek, etc.) pictures on the boys' crowns. The girls can either wear tiaras (from the birthday party favors section of the store) or girl-themed BK crowns. Have a fun party!

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P.B.

answers from Raleigh on

Boys can be pirates/Princes/Knights etc..

Have everyone dress the part so you don't have to provide the costume.

I love the idea of making the crowns & letting them decorate. Put out stickers instead of glue considering the age. Have a stapler handy to custom fit the crown once decorated.

Put out crayons & themed coloring pages. You can usually find them free on the internet.

Tulle (the shear netting fabric) is very inexpensive. You could use that in a creative way to decorate. Like around a doorway or on the birthday girl's chair.

That age, keep it simple. Let it just be a big playdate with a princess cake and pink plates and napkins. She will be thrilled. You could do a cookie decorating project as well if you felt you needed some structured activities. But at 2, I think letting them free play is the way to go.

For the boys, a toy car in place of a girly thing in the grab bag is usually sufficient.

Search the internet for places like Oriental Trading for inexpensive favors & decorations. Much cheaper than the party stores. I used:

http://www.joissu.com/

Be mindful, they have a minimum purchase amount. I used them twice already. I am happy with the service & products. I was able to do 36 grab bags for around $2 each that included a 4 inch pull back racer truck and 3 or 4 other items.

Good luck & Have Fun!!

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B.R.

answers from Raleigh on

At first, I was thinking of the prince/princess route, but then, I thought of the Frog Prince. The girls would be princesses and the guys could be frogs or princes. I'm not real sure how to make a frog hat (maybe Michaels or Oriental Trading would have foam stuff/kit) you could put plastic frogs on the table.

Just a thought.

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A.P.

answers from Charlotte on

Just a quick thought...at my daughter's daycare the teacher went to Burger King and got a bunch of the crowns...she then found cheap gems to glue on and the kids loved decorating their crowns and wearing them around. They also chose a king and a queen or in this case a prince and princess and had a little processional....I thought it was adorable. It would be cheap and simple....with the little boys you can't go wrong with dragons either...they could have to find the dragons and who finds the most wins a little prize...the princesses hero....Good Luck!! Parties are fun at this age...

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S.M.

answers from Raleigh on

I had that problem last year when my daughter turned 3. I just opted to do a girl party. The boys could be princes with swords. You could make a bunch of balloon swords and ballon wands for the girls before hand. (They can't hurt each other with them either.)They are cheap. I just bought a pack of 40 balloons for $2 and I already had a pump from my exercise ball.
I will tell you the biggest hit we had last year though. My husband and I blew up a ton of balloons and left them in our living room. The kids had a blast running through them and throwing them in the air. Mucho cheap fun!! We also played princess and the pea. I read the story to them and then I had 3 couch cushions on the floor and the had to sit on each one and find the "pea" golfball. When they found it they proved they were princesses and earned their wands. You could also do this for the boys to earn their swords. This may be too much for 2 year olds but you can decide. I hope you have as much fun as we did!

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J.P.

answers from Memphis on

First of all it is your daughters birthday. She is the one you are catering to, not the boys.
But you can make gift bags for the kids and make the boys more boy specific...check out the $1 stores for cheap prizes and gifts or oriental trading co.
If you want to make your own cake try www.sugarcraft.com there are many edible images and cake ideas that are very easy to do on your own.

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S.D.

answers from Nashville on

The girls can be a princess and the boys can be the prince. You could cut out crowns ahead of time and let the children decorate them.

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E.M.

answers from Louisville on

get some card stock and make crowns pink for the girls silver/grey for the "prince" let them decorate them with markers,stickers and glitter(if you dare!) then curve them around and staple them so it makes a little hat. use your childs head to measure if you will need one paper or 2. have fun!

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C.R.

answers from Knoxville on

You could do a prince theme for the boys. You could get Burger King crowns and decorate for the boys. If you don't already have crowns for the girls you do them all. Do pinks, silver and gold for girls and for the boys do blues, greens and darker colors for the boys.

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R.B.

answers from Raleigh on

How about Princess's & Pirates? You can get some inexpensive things at the $ store or at Wal-Mart. How about having a parade around the house? Give the kids toy instruments or even pots & wooden spoons to use instead & they can march around the house. The girls can have crowns & the boys eye patches or bandannas.

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T.R.

answers from Clarksville on

Every Princess needs a Prince! Evert little one loves dress-up. Why not have the boys dress like Princes and the girls gress up like Princesses! You could make a lot of decorations and even have a castle cake (if you make yourself should be easy) just type in Castle cakes and you should get tons of ideas and patterns on the internet. If the children come dressed-up you will not have to buy a lot of themed extras.

If you are doing goodie bags, go to the local "everything for a $1.00 store and you should find a lot of little goodies that you can split in the bags.

To decorate get a tunnal house or pop tents and put them in your living room or what ever space has the most room. This could be their castles. You could even blow up balloons and pt them all over the floor. The kids will love tossing them and playing with them. (always supervise of course with baloons and watch for popped ones) Take out the furniture if necessary - 15 2yrs is a lot. (My son had 10 at his 2nd).

For easy clean-up on the floor in your kitchen put down a couple of large green sheets or even those green plastic table clothes and sprinkle pedals on them allow the children to eat on the floor on the clothes. They will love their picnic in the beautiful flower garden. (All of this stuff you can get at the dollar store) Start early and search for bargins!

Have fun! I hope this helps

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A.W.

answers from Charlotte on

I have a friend who threw her son and daughter's party together and it was a princess and pirate theme. Disney has alot of both of those items. She had Pirates of the Caribbean playing in one room and Cinderella in another. She had a treasure hunt for both boys and girl with "treasures" that had little "goodies" in them. That way she didn't have to do a goody bag..........they "found" all their goodies. They each did crafts that were princess and pirate related. It was really cute! Good luck with the planning...........

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T.C.

answers from Nashville on

oriental trading company should have crowns the boys can wear. They could be the princes and the girls can be the princesses! Keep the party to under an hour. I would give each kid a balloon..best and cheap entertainment!

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D.D.

answers from Knoxville on

Maybe you can do a "Princesses and Pirates" party. You can get those foam visors that are crowns and pirate hats. They are about a $1 and you can get them at any craft store or Wal-Mart. I like the fairy-tale theme that someone else suggested with dragons and knights/princes. I wouldn't stress too much over it. Two-yr olds are easy to please and they'd be happy with anything and CAKE. :) Good luck! I'm sure it will be great!

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J.S.

answers from Fayetteville on

I don't know how old the boys are, but if they're under the age of 5, they won't care that it's a princess theme.

You could consider doing a a fairy-tale theme where you might have a pink castle cake, but then have princess hats for the girls and swords and shields for the boys...make them the knights of the realm. Or, you could have them all decorate their own crowns, since all royalty wears a crown.

My 4-year-old son recently attended a Strawberry Shortcake party, and he didn't care that it was all pink stuff...he just wanted cake.

My point is, make sure that your daughter knows that it's her special day, do stuff that she likes, and don't worry about anyone else.

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B.W.

answers from Jacksonville on

I took my son to a party for a four year old recently that had the theme of Princes and Princesses. I think she spend a pretty decent amount of money so you may only want to take bits and pieces of this, but here goes.
All the girls wore princess dresses, but I think some of the girls brought their own. For the boys, my friend made tunics. You just cut a rectangular piece of fabric long enough to cover both their front and back and cut a head hole in the middle. Then tie a piece of string around the waste to hold it closed. It looked super cute. Also, I think the girls got tiaras and the boys got swords and shields.
For games, she had a picture of a prince, she had a son, taped to the wall and did kind of a "pin the tail on the donkey" thing with trying to get the shield on the prince. Another game was to ride the stick horse while holding a sword and try to catch the rings on their sword. She would hold them out and then drop them once they had their sword through the ring. That game may be a little too old for your child but might be good for the older kids. She just used the kind of rings that you can dive for in a pool and just had one sword that each kid took turns using for that game.
Hope that helps.

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C.E.

answers from Chattanooga on

why dont you make the girls princesses and the boys knights?
you can but foam swords at walmart or other toy stores. i have 2 grandsons that are 3 and they love playing with them.

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A.B.

answers from Fayetteville on

Hi K.,
I understand your delima & I have a couple of ideas for you. I am a pastor's wife with 2 children, both a boy & a girl (They are now 16 & 12). I always felt the need to provide large birthday parties for the kids in order that none of the church children felt left out so I learned how to throw a party on a shoe string budget. (Preachers aren't known for being rich ya know). Well, one thing I did when mine were little was this (I did it a couple of times). Have a costume party. Most children have costumes they play dress up in so it's not an expense for their parents. In the invitaion the girls may come as their favorite princess & the boys as their favorite prince or superhero. (No scary costumes please). When we did this the kids had a blast showing off their cool costumes & I even did a costume parade around our cul-de-sac. I provided the traditional cake & ice cream, a few party games & even did a costume contest. (Once we did this for our son & we had over 30 kids & they wouldn't fit in my house so we decorated the garage as "THE BAT CAVE" & had the party in there. We used black garbage bags to cover all the garage stuff & also draped my husbands fishing net over one fo the walls to make it look rugged. The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever. Another time we had a "Barbie" party for our daughter & all the girls were asked to wear their fanciest outfits & the boys were asked to wear a nice casual outfit. We did a fashion show along with the party games & believe it or not the boys had as much fun as the girls because all the guests cheered when they came out to "model". (They were 5 & fear not, none of them turned into a Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake). Just a few ideas. I know you will do a great job. Just make them feel special & all the kids will have a blast. Love, A.

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M.C.

answers from Nashville on

Every princess needs a prince or knight in shining armor! =0) I'd check out the dollar stores for little plastic swords & shields for all your "princes or knights". I think that would be adorable! =0)

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J.S.

answers from Johnson City on

What about a royalty theme? If you go to Orientaltrading.com they sell little prizes, games, toys, tiaras, and crowns for boys. They are very inexpensive and have a very wide variety of items. I shop there for all of my kids parties, and with 4 kids we never have a lot to spend, but it looks like we spent 100s...lol Check it out.

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W.M.

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kids don't really pay attn to the theme as a boy/girl thing when this young. The key is to get boy and girl goodie bags or at least get something for all that is not gender specific. We did pink toille decor for our daughter's 1st then Hello Kitty for her 2nd and then Diego (yes, she likes Diego better than Dora) for her third. I customized the goodie bags for each person. Or you can get each a coloring book and get girls for girls and boys for boys.

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M.B.

answers from Charlotte on

some friends of ours did a princess party for their DD 2 yrs ago and for the boys they had went to the dollar store and bought knight outfits so they would have something to dress up in. also they had gotten 8 refigerator boxes and made a HUGE castle in the back yard. it went really well

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I.P.

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K., don't forget that with every princess fairytale you have dragons, knights and princes!

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L.M.

answers from Charlotte on

where there are princess' there are prince's. Are the kids dressing up or are you just having party favor..tiarra's for the girls- crowns for the boys...

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