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Planning the Perfect Toddler Birthday Party

Parties for toddlers are some of the most fun to plan, and mind-bogglingly busy to host parties that you can throw!  There are dozens of ways to celebrate a toddler’s birthday, from water parks to skating rinks- but here are the best ways to celebrate with a party!  No toddler can get bored at a party with all of this!

Activities

A quick way to entertain any toddler is to give them something fun to do!  Whether you hand out bubble wands or offer a cookie decoration station, you should provide kids with something to do with their hands.  This step will focus them while also letting them feel rewarded by completing something.

Bubbles are a great way to let them have fun without causing a huge mess to clean up.  This option can also be an excellent distraction for a kid who can’t handle the noise or diversion of the rest of the party.

Other activities toddlers might enjoy yard games, scavenger hunts, decorating birthday crowns, or even something as simple as burying treasure in a sandbox.  You can make an activity to match any party theme, don’t be afraid to get creative!

Snacks

Sugar and a gaggle of kids together can get overwhelming quickly.  Although serving carrot sticks at a toddler’s party might not go over well, there are other treats you can use to lead up to a sugary cake.

Consider treats that your kids enjoy or even treats that can be interactive.

Instead of plain pretzel sticks, you can buy a cheap kid’s fondue fountain for less than twenty dollars to let kids dip any snacks they want into cheese.  You can make healthy snack fun too with presentations and plenty of dipping options.

Fruits of all kinds, from watermelon to raspberries, are other great snacks even though their sugar content is higher than that of vegetables.

Live Entertainment

Party clowns aren’t gone forever, but there are tons of new acts that can wow and entertain children.  From trapeze artists to party mermaids, live performers aren’t just for parties for adults.  The other parents dropping off their kids will want to stay to watch the performers enjoy the show.

Don’t be too flashy; make sure that everything at the party is something your toddler will want.  This party is for your child’s birthday, after all!  You should make sure they know the day is about them.

Goody-Bags

Nothing leaves a better impression than to let the kids who attended the party leave with a bag of fun goodies.  You can buy premade bags already filled with things, but a better approach would be to custom-make the goody bags to something your child likes.  Have a budget, of course; it’s not like you need to buy every child a Nintendo switch- follow a theme.  If your son is head over heels for trains, include a mini toy train whistle!  Have fun with it.  A quick word to the wise, though, is that if you give away train whistles, wait until the kids are leaving to hand out goodie bags or have a headache in no time.