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Last year my mom came out and helped with the party. She is very good at that stuff and well, I'm not.<br><br>
1. Who do I invite? We don't have many people here, so its limited first of all. We have the 2 women who watch him (2 65 year olds) that is a definite on the list. My brother and his girlfriend will drive out depending on the weather (they live 8 hours away, so it will be a big factor.) Here comes the dilemma, do I invite one of our sitters daughters and their families? They both have 2 kids (10 months and almost 3 and the other 4 and 6). Last year we invited them and they both came. Neither one invited us to their kids parties over the year yet 1 daughter did invite us to her house for Christmas (we didn't have anyone to spend it with but us.) One lives 1 half hour away and the other lives an hour away. I like them both, but aren't close. I don't want them to feel obligated because of their mom. What would you do? Lastly, a girl in our complex watched Logan on Monday's over the summer while I was home. Her mom went trick or treating with Logan and I. Her sister was here one time while the girl watched Logan and I know her somewhat too. Do I invite the girl? Do I invite all of them? They don't have much money so I don't want them to think they need to give Logan a gift.<br><br>
2. What time should I have the party and what food should I serve? We live in an apartment and have 5 chairs and a couch. Last time we set the table up with the food and had the chairs kind of pulled around the room. I sat on the floor picnic style. Last year we had Lasagna, pizza, salad, chips and veggie munchies. Plus cake and ice cream (my mom made Logan a cup cake.)<br><br>
3. Cake -- what is the best flavor for kids? I was thinking maybe lemon or yellow or something, though I am a huge chocolate fan and wouldn't have anything else for my cake. Also, our "theme" last year was sports and my mom made the cake look like a baseball as well as Logan's cup cake. I am horrid at that kind of stuff. What is easy that I can do so I don't have to go and buy one?<br><br>
4. Theme suggestions?<br><br>
5. If we do have the kids mentioned above come (10 months, almost 3, 4.5 and 6) what should we do with/for them? I can't remember a kids birthday party so I don't know what is fun (I remember they play games or do a craft or something) and do I give them little gift bags? If I do the food on the table, there really isn't anywhere to do a craft except our floor. Thoughts? For a gift bag, my DH works for Hasbro and Target has toys for 75% off, would it be better to give them a little gift or just get the cheap toys that get thrown away? One of them likes Plan toys for her kids, the other doesn't (the one with older kids). I'm sorry, organic, sustainable toys would cost too much to give away as a little take home bag unless you wonderful mama's have some suggestions. Please keep in mind I am not crafty, so making something doesn't work for me.<br><br>
He turns 2 1/24 so time is running out. I guess I have to get invitations out pretty soon right?<br><br>
P.S. I'd ask my mom, but I'm kinda mad that she isn't going to come so I don't want to go to her about this.<br><br>
Please help me make my son's birthday nice.
 

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1. Invite the people who are special to you and your son. It doesn't matter if they've had you to a party or anything like that . . . if they are special to you and you'd like to share the day with them, invite them.<br><br>
2. My older two's second birthday parties were from about 4-7. They were taking good afternoon naps by then, so they were usually just up and happy and ready to go. We served an easy dinner (sandwiches, veggies, chips) and cake.<br><br>
3. Our cakes are usually vanilla with vanilla icing, colored to fit the theme. For my kids parties, I like to do cupcakes in the shape of their age (make a bunch of cupcakes and arrange them on a tray in the number shape). Easy to eat. You can decorate them to match your theme (one year, I put little sea animals on top of each cupcake for my son's ocean themed cupcakes). Or, for a fun (messy!) time, let the kids put toppings on the cupcakes themselves (sprinkles, etc.).<br><br>
4. Whatever he likes. When my son was two, we did trucks.<br><br>
5. We always have some kind of craft that doubles as a take home favor (I don't like doing gift bags). We had an age range similar to that at my daughter's second birthday and the crafts were those foam door hangers and stickers to decorate them. Even the youngest to do it with help, and the older kids made some pretty elaborate door hangers. I put markers out for the older kids to write their names on them. Another take home idea is balloons. For my oldest son's first birthday, I bought a mylar balloon for each kid who was there (there weren't many, thankfully, as they are not cheap). Each kid took one home and they were all THRILLED.<br><br>
Hope that helps a bit and enjoy your son's birthday! My youngest turns two next November, but I'm already giving some thought to his birthday . . . I love planning birthday parties.
 

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What is your son "into"? Cars, trucks, trains, music, cooking, a particular book, tv show or a character from either? Is he a fanatic about a certain color or stuffed animal?
 

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For DS's 2nd birthday party we kept it small. Dinner was just us and Nana then we invited the neighbor kids (5 of them- ages 6-13) over for cake and ice cream while DS opened the presents. The theme was very mild- Blues Clues but it just consisted of blue decorations/balloons and I make a cake with a big blue paw print on the top. It was just right for us and DS had a good time without it being too much stimulation.<br><br>
I think cupcakes with sprinkles are the easiest thing to do and I really like the idea of arranging them into the shape of a 2. That's easy! You can go to the doallr store for inexpensive paperplates/cups napkins and can mix and match colors to fit whatever theme you decide on. Just pick a theme based on what your son is into. One thing I got for DS's party that was lots of fun for him were party noise makers that unroll when you blow on them. He thought they were so great that I picked some up for his christmas stocking as well!
 

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We didn't want a 'party' so we just invited some of his friends to swimming. Very low key and tons of fun! We had dinner with the grandparents (with cake)<br>
I had requested no gifts but I knew some couldn't resist <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Ds has many allergies so his cake has to be wheat, dairy and soy free. We had carrot cake with icing, bought from an alternative bakery.
 

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If you do end up iniviting all the kids maybe the cupcakes could be the craft. Just bake a bunch of cupcakes and have icing and lots of colorful sprinkles and other edible decorations (berries, cherries, sugary shapes from the cake decorating aisle, etc.) then let the kids all go to town decorating their own cupcake. You could even take a picture of each child while they are decorating or eating and send that out with the thankyous.<br><br>
Sometimes the dollar store has cute board books which might be nice to give as favors.<br><br>
Don't plan too much because then it just gets stressfull...we didn't have activities as DS's 2nd party...although it was warm out and we set up a small moonwalk...maybe something easy like bowling with paper cups and a playground ball...<br><br>
mostly they like to open the presents!!!!
 

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I'm not the best party-planner, either, but just wanted to encourage you to relax and remember the party is about having fun so don't worry so much about details that you don't enjoy yourself.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about dinner, either. My dd's party was from 3-5p (just after her nap), and we had buffet style: punch, veggie/fruit tray, cheese/crackers, and nuts for munchies before we cut the cake. Especially in a small space, trying to find comfortable places for many people to sit with full dinner plates would be challenging.<br><br>
I did cheapie gift bags, but they were a big hassle to get together, especially given the age ranges. I'd opt for the kid's craft that creates their take-home gift option. A great idea... And, yes, you should probably get invites out soon. Usually you want folks to have two+ weeks notice before party (a week or more before the RSVP date.)<br><br>
You can do it -- have fun!
 
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