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Yes, I'm one of *those* moms (not super organized when it comes to stuff like this).<br><br>
We are having the world's most casual birthday party for DS who turned 2. We're just having family and a few friends and neighbors over for hot dogs, cake, etc tomorrow afternoon. It's not really a "scheduled" type of party, just hoping that the kids will have fun playing in the back yard and eating hot dogs (or not dogs), and socializing for a bit.<br><br>
But now I'm feeling nervous that it is *too* unscheduled and will be boring (or something, lol, I can't put my finger on it).<br><br>
Does that sound okay? Tell the truth! Should we pick up some games to play, or will the kids be fine playing ball, in the sandbox, the slide, etc....?<br><br>
Besides hot dog, not dogs and cake and ice cream, we will make potato salad and have some veggies and dip, and probably potato chips. Drinks - lemonade and my family loves coke and so on so we'll get some pop I suppose.<br><br>
I would love to have ideas on anything else we can do! Either with food or party stuff.<br><br>
Thanks.
 

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It sounds like a great party! I would pick up some bubbles to pass out to the kids and a small wading pool is always fun so long as adults are there to supervise. They just love to play at this age. You can make some take home treat bags but it is not necessary.
 

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Sounds good to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My dd's 2nd birthday is also tomorrow and I'm doing even less than you. We're just having some family members over around dinnertime and I'm serving dinner and birthday cake. My dd loves Spongebob so that is our theme. No other kids, so really that's about it. I think you'll be fine not having any games since you'll be outside where the kids can play.
 

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Balls, a sandbox, and a slide can entertain a group of kids all day long! If it's going to be hot I'd second the baby pool suggestion.<br>
It'd probably be fun for the grownups to have something to do, though.... a lot of outdoor games are fun for all ages-- horseshoes, croquet, badminton/volleyball, etc. Target's toy section has a bunch of cool outdoor summer stuff.
 

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I think it sounds perfect for a 2 year old's birthday party. Balls, a sandbox, and a slide seem like more than enough entertainment for the little ones. I don't think little kids need to have organized structured play. The food sounds great too. Simple but yummy.<br><br>
If you feel the need to do more, I think the ideas some others here mentioned about bubbles and a little pool sound great. Also, my friend just went to a 2 year old's birthday party and said <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2541475&cp=2255956.2273442.2255969.2257605" target="_blank">this sprinkler</a> was a HUGE hit. Just don't forget to tell people to bring their swimsuits. Also maybe you could get some sidewalk chalk.<br><br>
Have fun!
 

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Sounds great as is.<br><br>
Another idea in case it helps though--my ds loves balls and baseball so for his 2 y.o. party we brought a bunch of balls and baseball stuff to the park and asked everyone to come wearing baseball caps (he likes them too). He loved it. If there is something your ds particularly likes maybe you could do some activity related to it.<br><br>
Have fun! Congratulations on 2 years of being his Mama!
 

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We kept DS's 2nd birthday really simple, too. No gift bags, no icecream, just a homemade carrot cake in the shape of a caterpillar (his first cake) and some balloons I drew bugs on with a marker. He enjoyed the balloon decorations more than the presents. I put them out the night before when he was sleeping, so he could wake up with the birthday surprise. He also got to finger paint for the first time, that was a blast. That would be a fun messy activity for a group of kids. I like the bubbles and swimming pool idea, too.
 
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