5 Tips for Toddler Birthday Parties

Today’s guest post comes to us from Lisa, a mother and guest blog poster.  Lisa writes on the subjects of living with a toddler, parenting and Mario party supplies

Lisa contacted me to do a guest post after reading my post: Ramblings of a Single Mama.  And this could not have come at a better time because the Chiquita will be 2 – yes 2, can you believe it? – this July.  I’ve been trying to decide what to do for her b-day party this year….small or big?  Just family?  Her baby friends? I hope you will all enjoy this post and will check out Mario party supplies!

Find Lisa on Twitter @ThePartyWorks and on Facebook here.  Thanks so much for the guest post, Lisa!

Your child’s first birthday party was probably easy. You invited some parents and some other babies. The babies crawled around some while the parents talked. Everyone sang, and you had to blow out your baby’s birthday candle. Before you knew it, all the babies were fussy, tired, and ready to go home. Everyone was out the door in a little under two hours.

Toddler birthday parties are a little more difficult. Most of the children in attendance can actually walk, talk, and get into trouble. The party becomes less of a get-together for parents, and you have to focus more on entertaining the children. This is no small feat. Here are five tips to help you throw a relatively successful birthday party for your toddler:

1. Stay at home. 

Toddlers are usually too young to enjoy a place like Chuck E. Cheese’s, and they might actually become overwhelmed by being in such an environment. It’s usually easier just to throw the party at your home. Plus, when the party’s at your house, you can control all the variables, which you might not be able to do elsewhere.

2. Plan out things for the kids to do.

This is absolutely necessary. You don’t want to have a party full of bored toddlers on your hands. So, plan to finger-paint, play Red Light, Green Light, and watch some Dora the Explorer. Don’t expect the kids to figure out what they want to do on their own. This can be a recipe for disaster.

3. Prepare for spills.

Toddlers will spill their drinks, get cake on the floor, leave half-eaten strawberries on your stairs, fall down and scrape their elbows, etc. It’s a good idea to get juice boxes for the party to lower the chances of spills. Additionally, you should probably have plenty of band-aids, paper towels, and carpet cleaner on hand.

4. Keep snacks healthy.

Carrots and strawberries are excellent toddler birthday party snacks. If you stick with fruits and veggies and avoid sweet, processed snacks, the kids are less likely to experience peaks and valleys of energy.

5. Make your child feel extra special.

By the time your child is two or three, they’ll know that their birthday party is all about them. So, be sure to pay extra attention to your little one. It’s easy to get caught up talking to parents and making sure the party’s running smoothly. Just be sure to give your birthday boy or girl hugs, kisses, and plenty of attention on their special day. The happier your toddler is at the birthday party, the happier all the other kids will be too.

Author’s Bio:
Lisa is a mother and guest poster on the subjects of living with a toddler, parenting, and Mario party supplies.

 

5 thoughts on “5 Tips for Toddler Birthday Parties

  1. I am an entertainer who works with a lot of children. These are great tips indeed. The toddler years really are different. Some parents want the big party with lots of friends and then request an entertainer. That’s great, but if you go this route, remember that this age requires a special type of entertainer to be able to keep the kid focused.

    By the way, first birthday’s aren’t always simple affairs either. In certain ethnic circles, these are huge family events with catering, hall rental and entertainment (that’s where I come in). So in some cases, the toddler party might actually be an easier one to plan.

  2. Jlee,
    Thanks for having Lisa guest post on your blog. And congrats on your young one turning two! So Exciting!!

    Lisa,
    I appreciate this very practical post on managing a party with little ones; your food and fun ideas are worth noting as well as the preventative measures to keep things fun and friendly. It’s always good to go into something when you can know what to expect. Parenthood is often full of unexpected surprises!

    I will link your post to my blog, The Birthday Wall, to share these fab tips with parents who are planning their toddler party. I post helpful party tips and inspiring birthday stories in connection with my e-book: The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child, which is a 9-year-running family tradition of creating a colorful collage to celebrate your child’s birthday I’ve been putting together for my two daughters.

    Thanks again for such great toddler party tips!

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring
    Author of The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child
    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140405
    Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition on Twitter

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