When it comes to planning your toddler’s birthday party, less is more at this age and that means you don’t have to go all out to try and impress your child because they don’t really care. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to involve your child in the planning of their party.
The birthday party is for your toddler. It’s not for you or about you. No one’s going to care if things aren’t perfect. Your toddler isn’t going to care, their toddler friends aren’t going to care, so don’t make it bigger than what it is. If you think you’re going to be judged by your toddler’s friends’ parents, those are your assumptions. That shouldn’t matter because you shouldn’t care what they think.
Like everything you do, you need to plan out the following details.
Weekends are probably best since one or both parents work during the weekday. Whatever works for you–you can celebrate before the actual day of your child’s birthday or after.
If you’re having a small party, your home would be a good place. It would make your toddler and their playmates feel secure in a familiar environment. You can choose a park, a community center or some other kid-friendly venue to have a birthday party.These would be good places if you’re having a theme party. Just keep safety in mind, and make sure that there are no roads, lakes, unguarded pools, or unsafe environments in the area.
Depending on the age of your toddler, three playmates would be easier to handle than 12 toddlers. If you’re inviting family members who have toddlers too, you can have family and friends together or have separate parties.
Most toddlers still take naps. Mid morning or late afternoon may be your best workable times. The birthday party shouldn’t exceed two hours. That is ample time for a toddler’s party.
Keep the food simple, colorful and easy for little hands to hold. Check with the parents for any food allergies. You can have cut up fruit, veggies, and minis of the following: cookies, cupcakes, pizzas, hot dogs and so forth. You can also let them decorate their own cupcake with sprinkles and other fun food stuff.
Keep them high to avoid any possible injuries like tripping, swallowing, choking etc.
Again, keep it simple. I’d forgo hiring or getting a clown or other dress-up entertainer that may frighten some youngsters. Stick with your classic games like musical chairs,
pin stick the tail on the donkey, duck-duck-goose, an easy treasure hunt, etc.
Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the party.
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