Party Suggestion

Extend the after party fun by playing hide-and-seek with some of the gifts after guests leave. Give him easy clues to find them, such as “It’s in the room with the blue chair.”

Toddler Party Tip

When planning a toddler party, invite family and the kids your toddler plays with regularly (four or five is plenty). An hour and a half is enough time to play, have a snack, sing, and eat cake.

Party lengths

Knowing when to call it quits is key to a successful toddler birthday. For two-year-olds, an hour to an hour 1/2 of party fun is plenty. source

Set up a DIY ‘Photo Booth

While you probably can’t afford to hire a photo booth for your party you can set up a ‘portrait zone’ of your own where you’ll take photos of your guest.

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Timing of a toddler party

When planning party duration, one hour is more than enough time for a toddler or pre-school party. For older children two to three hours is recommended.

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Kids input in party planning

Involve children in party planning and preparation. Surprises are fun, but the kids like to get involved in planning, and this is a time when the kids are motivated to be especially helpful.

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Planning for birthday guests

When planning a birthday party the rule of thumb is have as many kid guests as the age of your child.

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New take on cake

Ditch the cake, and opt for cupcakes instead.

Bake them yourself with white cake mix and food coloring to create red, yellow, blue, and green cupcakes. Top with white icing and let the kids pick what color cupcake they want. Easier for the kids to hold and eat, and you don’t need to cut them up!

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Balloons at chld parties

Avoid having balloons at parties for kids under 3, because balloons can be a choking hazard.

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Halloween party menus

When deigning a spooky menu for halloween, serve finger foods that come in Halloween colors, such as orange slices, Cheetos, baby carrots, cheddar cheese cubes, Ho-Hos, black licorice, and blackberries.

Make fruit kabobs by alternating purple grapes and cantaloupe on wooden skewers.

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Planning a party for Halloween?

Unless you plan to take your guests on their quest for candy, you should pick a night other than the 31st. 

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Planning the time for a party

When planning a party time the party around naps so everyone’s freshest. Mid morning (10-11) or later afternoon (3-4) are good bets.

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Colorful party theme idea

Need a simple party idea? Have your guest dress in all red or all yellow etc. -  Color rainbows – Have a rainbow cake – Children can decorate your walkway using sidewalk chalk.

Give a coloring book and crayons as a party gift. Serve cupcakes made in colored ice cream cones.

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Unique Party Invitations

For unique party invitations buy a bag of colored balloons. On each balloon write out all of the party information, seal them in envelopes with some confetti and give them out as invitations.

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Thank you notes are a must

Thank you notes are important social skill builders.

Children actually enjoy writing thank you cards when they have fun note cards or when they’re producing thank yous on the computer and printing on decorative paper.

 A very special addition to thank yous is to include a photo of the event that includes both the birthday boy or girl and the thank you note recipient.

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Party activities

A sure fire party tip is to plan plenty of activities to keep them busy. One sure hit was a wacky relay." Teams compete in relays that include putting on dress up clothing and hats.

Another version of this wacky relay had teams competing in stuffing balloons into extra large clothing.

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Themes for kid parties

One third of kids’ parties have a theme. Many of the most popular themes are kids’ favorite characters from the entertainment world including Rugrats. Pokemon is also a big favorite.

For the younger set, Bear in the Big Blue House, Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Busy World of Richard Scarry and Paddington Bear are favorites loved by parents and kids alike.

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Party standards for number of kids to invite

Children’s party planning standards, such as the old rule of inviting the same number of young guests as your child’s age, have been passed along by experienced moms for a reason.

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Party tip in planning a party

The number-one party tip several American Greetings parents recommended was involving the children in party planning and preparation.

Surprises are fun, but the kids like to get involved in planning, and this is a time when the kids are motivated to be especially helpful.

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