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2 Year Old
Birthday Party Ideas
Fun ideas to celebrate the 2nd
We've collected our favorite ideas for second birthdays and
listed them for you to mix and match what will fit with your
child, budget and party size.
Party food ideas
and other birthday party ideas to make the number 2 birthday
easy and fun for all the guests!
Party Tips and Party Planning advice for 2nd
Schedule the party around your child's nap time or when they will be in
the best mood during the day. Morning parties are becoming
popular where you can serve breakfast style foods. If you
schedule the party for the afternoon (2 - 3:30 p.m.) then you wont have
to serve a meal - just keep it simple with a table of snack foods.
Duration - Parties can be overwhelming for two year olds so
a good length of time for the birthday party is between 1 and 2
hours. After that amount of time the child will want
to play with their new toys (and you will probably need a nap!)
Planning the party - While you are planning the party write down
several things that guests or family can help you with during
the party. Then if someone asks how they can help
you will have an answer and not have to think about what you
Some big helps during the party will be:
one or two adults to take
pictures during the party.
someone to cut and serve the cake after the pictures have
someone to dip ice cream into dishes while the cake is being
one or two adults that can lead the games you have
one or two adults that can supervise any activity or art
tables you have planned.
someone to write down the names of the gift givers for
thank you cards.
Melt Down Supervisor
someone to deal with any cranky children or melt
downs during the party. This person can gently take them out of
the party area and calm them down until they can return to the party.
Most parents will do this for their own child at the party .... but be
prepared if a parent doesn't take on this responsibility for their
Change this party time line to suit your schedule.
This is based on a party from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
2:00 - Guests start to arrive. Have an activity table set up with
some coloring pages for the kids to color while they wait for everyone
2:15 - Game time. Have 3 or 4 games ready to play (see list
below) and have a few adults walk the kids through the rules and
demonstrate. Always have a few extra games prepared then you
think you will need just in case the children get bored with a game and
you need to fill time.
2:40 - Activity time. Let the children play with blocks,
draw, play with play dough, etc. You could also make decorating a
cupcake or cookie an activity.
3:00 - Presents - Let the birthday child open their presents.
You can pass around a small toy to each child during this time so
everyone has something to play with (and they can take it home as a
party favor after the party).
3:10 - Cake and ice cream.
3:30 Give guests a goody bag filled with party favors and thank them for
Add 30 minutes to the party if you will be serving brunch, lunch or
dinner. With an afternoon party you can set out snacks that
the kids can get a snack from when they are hungry or need a little
break from a game or activity.
Party Games for 2 year olds
Freeze or Statue Dancing
Play some fast music and have everyone dance. Then when
they hear the music stop they must freeze. Then when you start the
music again they can start dancing. Variation: Make
a CD of different types of music (about 20 seconds for each type) and
let the kids change how they dance to the different styles of music.
Have an adult dance with them so they can grasp the concept of changing
with the music.
The children will search the party
room, park or backyard for items you've hidden before the party.
Have a small sack or paper bag with handles that the guests can use to
collect their treasures. You can use an item to hide that
goes with the theme of your party or wooden blocks, plastic eggs, etc.
Hide the items before the party begins and then during game time show
the kids an example of what you have hidden. Let adults help
the children as they search for the "treasure". Lots of fun
for 2 year olds and older guests too.
Fill a small plastic kiddie pool with water
(or if inside you can use beans or foam peanuts) and let party guests
choose a duck to win a prize. Before the party buy small prizes
and assign them a number. Write the numbers on the bottom of
plastic ducks (one on each duck) that correspond with the prize numbers.
Children choose a duck and get the prize that matches the number on the
bottom. Buy several toys so children can play 3 or 4 rounds.
Party games for 2, 3 and 4 year olds - we also have a
page full of party games for ages 2, 3 and 4 to give you more ideas to
choose from for your party.
Party games ages 2, 3 and 4
Party Activities for 2 year olds
several Activity tables or spaces that the kids can play with play
dough, coloring pages or blocks. Great idea for the
beginning of the party when you are waiting for everyone to arrive.
Cover the tables with newspaper or butcher paper for easy cleanup.
You can also cover them with black butcher paper let them draw with
Set out several buckets of sidewalk
chalk and let the party guests draw whatever they want. Or give
them some direction using our
Sidewalk chalk guide with over 30 things to do with sidewalk chalk.
Let the kids try to blow bubbles or have an
adult blow bubbles for them to try and pop and run through.
See our easy homemade recipes for bubble
solution and our guide to bubble games
for more fun ideas!
For summer and outdoor parties set up
splash tables that the 2 year olds can play in. Kiddie pools work
well. Add something different to each pool - plastic cups,
rubber ducks, balls, sponges, boats, etc.
Decorate Cookies or Cupcakes
Give each guest a
frosted cupcake or cookie and a small bowl filled with an assortment of
decorations like colored sugar, chocolate chips, small marshmallows,
etc. and let them decorate it. You can wait for them to eat
their cupcake while everyone is having cake or wrap them up and let them
take them home with them as a party favor.
Fun Ideas for a 2 year olds party
For the two year old party let your
decorations be paired in twos. Place 2 helium balloons
together and tie the sets around the room. Use wooden
blocks to spell out "second birthday" on the mantle or party food table.
Set up a table with different colored permanent markers and an 8 x 10
picture matte. Ask adult guests to write a birthday wish and
sign their name. Parents can help the smaller children write
their names or make a mark on the picture matte. After the party
use the matte to frame an 8 x 10 birthday photo.
Birthday Party Themes for a 2 year old
Birthday Party Theme
Cat in the Hat
Curious George Party
Frog Party Ideas
Noah's Ark Birthday
Sesame Street Birthday Ideas
All of our theme pages are filled with free ideas for theme party games,
activities, decorations, invitations, party favors, goody bags, party
food and much more! We have over 200
birthday party themes to choose from
- all filled with great ideas for your next party.
Party Food ideas for the 2nd
shapes (with a cookie cutter in the shape of something from your
birthday theme) from bread, cheese, sandwich meats, hamburger patties,
cookies, brownies, etc.
can also make peanut butter and
jelly sandwiches on bread cut into shapes.
Snack foods such as goldfish crackers, animal crackers or pretzels.
Cut fruits and veggies into small pieces and serve with a fruit and
Individual ice cream cups, cotton candy, cookies.
Macaroni and cheese in individual cups.
Juice boxes or put drinks into sippy cups with the 2 year olds name on
it (then they can
take it home as a party favor after the party.
Party Favor Ideas for 2 year olds
Bottles of bubbles
Individual packages of goldfish crackers
Small stuffed animal
Coloring book and crayons
ABC board book
If you have some advice or a lesson you learned that would help other
parents when they are planning a 2nd birthday party please email us!
We would love to share your advice
We've listed our favorite kids birthday
party ideas, tips, cool party themes,
bday party celebration ideas
and advice for kids birthday parties sent in by parents with years
of experience - we refer to them as the experts!
Fun birthday party, party planning and ideas
that are affordable and really work for boys and girls, kids, tweens and teenage
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