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Birthday Party Tips for the Two Year Old

April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 140

Get ready for the funnest part of parenting a toddler - planning the birthday party! The first thing you need to do is pat yourself on the back - you've survived two whole years! Hold off on renting the clown, live animals and circus tent for a few more years. Two years olds tend to get overwhelmed very quickly. Having a house full of guests running around the room with a screaming birthday child is no fun at all. Don't fear - there are plenty of ways to throw an age appropriate birthday party for a two year old.

Here are some tips for a smooth, tantrum free party.

  • It's all in the scheduling. Schedule the party after nap time when your toddler will be most sociable. Leave some time to give her something to eat.
  • Keep it small. It sounds fun to create a huge bash, but at this age they can't handle too many guests. The rule of thumb is to invite the amount of children equal to their age (this year being two kids). Know your child. if you think he can handle a few more - go for it.
  • Keep the family involved. Friends come and go, but a couple of years down the road they will love to know that Grandma came to all their birthdays.
  • If they go to daycare and you aren't inviting all his friends, ask his teacher if you can bring in cupcakes after the big day for a mini party. Send the camera and a birthday hat!
  • Keep it manageable for you. If you are going to be grilling the whole time you wont have time to make sure the activities are going over well and that the birthday girl is enjoying it.
  • Keep the activities light. Kids this age don't do well with structured activities. Think sidewalk chalk, outdoor riding toys or a roll of butcher paper to color on. You can get them party blowers, balls to kick around and party hats.
  • Make it a water party! For your summer birthday break out the kiddy pool and water guns. Be sure to note on the invite that guests should wear bathing suits.
  • To make your party the talk of the two-year-old town, get a bubble machine to constantly blow bubbles. Toddlers love chasing and popping bubbles.
  • Keep the party short. Know your two year old's limits.
  • If you are really brave, give each kid their own cupcake and let them decorate it. Prepare for a real mess!
  • Dress your birthday girl to kill. Get her an adorable tutu and tiara. Just being dressed up so fancy will put her into the party mood.
  • For your little man get him an adorable personalized birthday t-shirt and hat or you can go for the formal look with a snappy shortall and white shirt.

Enjoy your birthday bash and take millions of pictures! Don't forget the thank you cards - your child can color the top half of the card and you can write the message on bottom.

Miriam Seitler is mother of 4 adorable children who lives in New Jersey. She is the owner of a website for just toddlers. Check out their fabulous line of toddler clothes, accessories, educational toys, kids room decor and toddler gear. They also carry a full line of toddler birthday clothes including tutus, personalized birthday hats and more!

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