2 Year Old
Birthday Party Ideas
Fun ideas to celebrate the 2nd
We've collected our favorite party
planning ideas for second birthdays and
listed them for you to mix and match what will fit with your
child, budget and guest limit.
Party food ideas
and other birthday party ideas to make the number 2 birthday
easy and fun for all the guests!
2nd Birthday Party Ideas for Boys and
Party Tips and Party Planning advice for 2nd birthdays
Ask friends, family and parents to take over these responsibilities
during the party. Having someone in charge of these areas will
free up the hosts and allow them to enjoy the party along with the other
guests. Have a sign up sheet or ask specific
guests on their invitation.
someone to dip ice cream into dishes while the cake is being cut.
one or two adults or older children that can lead the games you have planned
for the boys and girls.
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
This added touch make the second birthday better for all the guests.
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 coming!
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 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 sidewalk chalk.
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 and inexpensive homemade recipes for bubble
and our guide to bubble games
for more fun ideas for a second birthday! Splash Tables
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 girls and boys
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
Cat in the Hat
Noah's Ark Birthday
Sesame Street Birthday Ideas
All of our theme pages are filled with free ideas for second
birthday theme games,
activities, decorations, invitations, party favors, goody bags, food and much more! We have over 200
to choose from - all filled with great ideas for your
Party Food ideas for the 2nd birthday
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 yogurt dip.
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
2 year old birthday places
Great places and venues to have a birthday party away from home.
If you have some advice or a lesson you learned during the planning of a
second birthday that would help other
parents when they are planning a 2nd birthday please email us!
We would love to share your
second 2nd Birthday Ideas for Boys and Girls
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