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Old 07-18-2007, 02:00 PM   #1
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2nd Birthday planning help!!

DD is turning two soon. I am planning to invite 4 other kids. We will have grandparents, aunts and uncles too. How do I plan it, without exhausting myself. I never had to plan birthday at home. Last year we did cookout in the park and it was PITa. I basically prepared all food. This year I want simple, easy fun activity.

Do I have to cook for everyone?
What should be in the menu?
What time should I invite?
What activities would be good for 2 YO to 4YO range?
Do I have to give party favors? How does it work


I am looking forward to optimistic suggestions..

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-18-2007, 04:44 PM   #2
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Re: 2nd Birthday planning help!!

Ok I have a lil boy who will be 3 August 3rd ( so will be doing this very soon ! ), I have never had a large amount of adults or kids so his two b-days were small like yours sound like it will be , I didn't cook for them I just did either chips and dip or cheese and crackers then a fruit and or veggie tray ( so easy to make yourself ) cake of course and then a few drinks , one with caffeine one without and one for the kids . I didn't really do any games or anything , I just cleared out the living room ( had no yard lol ) so they had room to play , they played with the presents that were opened , a few balloons I blew up for the floor ( just quickly pick up the popped ones ) and there party favors which were so simple , i got each kid a tennis sized bouncy ball for under $1 and then just sent them home with a helium filled balloon ( with parents ok first ) and that was it , they loved them . All in all his 2 b-day's have been fun and easy with minimum stress on anyone , his next one I will do the same pretty much . Have fun !
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:05 PM   #3
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Re: 2nd Birthday planning help!!

I hear you about not wanting to be exhausted from cooking!

I say no way does it have to be a dinner party. I would make a big fruit salad (or buy one) and have cheese and bread/crackers and a cake or cupcakes and let the kids play and the adults talk and relax. I would let the other parents know what you will be serving so that they can pack a meal for their children if their kids will need other food. In terms of party favors it would be nice to get something like colored chalk or plastic Slinkies for the kids. Maybe helium balloons. You should enjoy yourself no matter what.
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:31 AM   #4
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Re: 2nd Birthday planning help!!

Thanks mamas!

My plan is to have lots of snacks, and Pizza. I already bought favors (only 4 girls are coming )

I may cook something in crock pot too. I think it would be good one :P.

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