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Party Ideas for a Toddler’s Birthday

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I often receive phone calls from parents of young toddlers wanting to book a character for their child’s 2nd or 3rd birthday. When hiring a character, that can be a bit tricky due to the young age group involved. This is why Jennifer and I introduced our Magical Music Tour a couple of years ago. Children love music, so we designed our program with our performer singing and leading the children in music and movement. Even if children are too young to follow the simple directions on their own, parents are always on hand to help and encourage them. We have chosen to sing popular favorites and old nursery rhymes such as Old MacDonald, I’m a Little Tea pot, The Itsy Bitsy Spider to name just a few.

As parents, you have many different options though for this age.  Below is a list of frequently asked questions.

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Where’s the best place to have a toddler’s birthday?

This really comes down to preference.  If you have the space, your house or a park is generally an easy place to have your child’s party for this age group. You can either hire a character company to come in and help or hire a local petting zoo to come over as children love animals. Parks are so convenient because of the play structures; cleanup is minimal and permits are quite inexpensive.

If your home or local park is not an option, there are many alternatives for you such as children’s museums, zoos, recreation centers, gymnastics schools, etc.  When my kids were little, one of the places I enjoyed most in having a party was a children’s museum. A discovery museum or indoor playground is the ideal spot that offers young crawlers, early walkers and toddlers a multi sensory experience as they explore different things. They are packed with tactile activities to engage their minds.

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Children’s Museums:

Below is a list of some of the children’s museums in the Northern California

Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 339-3900

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-5437

Exploratorium
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-5437

Sacramento Children’s Museum
2701 Prospect Park
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
916-638-7225

 

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Zoos:

Babies and toddlers are drawn to animals!  Researcher say that as young babies begin looking around their world, they are automatically attracted to things that move, are brightly colored, and are easy to see. They are fascinated by things that make interesting noises, are capable of interacting with them and are unpredictable in what they do and how they behave.

 

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What’s the best time to have a toddler’s birthday?

Most children at this age still take an afternoon nap, so take that into consideration when scheduling your party.  Children this age can go from excitement to anger in a matter of seconds. Therefore, you want children celebrating while they’re at their best, so you probably want to pick a morning or late afternoon, and keep it short and sweet — an hour or two is the most time that I would recommend.

Do I serve food at a toddler’s party?

For such a young age group, I don’t personally believe in serving food because children at that age are all eating differently. I personally believe in keeping it simple. You can serve healthy snacks though such as bite-sized fruit or muffins.

Do I hire a Mascot character?:

We don’t deal with mascot characters, but I do get a ton of requests for Elmo.  You know your child best.  In my opinion, toddlers tend to be easily spooked by costumed characters.

 

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Alternate entertainment?  

Unless there are older children at the party that you want to entertain, do not bother to higher a face painter or balloon twister.  Balloons present a choking hazard to small children and the popping noise startles them.  Children do love bubbles though!

By |September 20th, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips|0 Comments

Hosting a Faerie Party (ages 6-8)

 

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Do you believe in faeries?  My children and I certainly do!  With Halloween quickly approaching, my youngest daughter and best friend have already decided they plan on being faeries this year.   When both of my girls were younger, they opted for a faerie theme birthday when they were about 6 years old. There is nothing more magical than hosting a faerie party.  This theme is so easy that one can go crazy decorating and planning.

Getting Started:

Since faeries are found in nature, the best place to host this theme is outdoors if possible.  You want to try to find the prettiest spot in the garden or park area.  Faeries also love all things beautiful, so think pretty, dainty and magical.

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Decor:

You can use almost anything for this theme, but you have to decide if you want to go in a more childlike or adult direction.  When decorating for this theme, I prefer to use plenty of fresh flowers to decorate with, but you’ll probably also add in faux and paper.   Tulle and ribbon is also a must.

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Tables:

Use whatever you have for this theme. Tables can be round or rectangular.  I prefer decorating tables in soft colors of purples and greens that drape all the way down to the floor.  Fabrics that have a matte sheen to them are really pretty.  You can also use lace trimmed linen if that is the look you prefer.  Always use fresh flowers on the table and you can decorate chairs using tulle, ribbon and flowers.  You can use either your own tea cups on the table or purchase pretty decorative paper ware.

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Storytime Corner:

Since there is so much history to share about faeries, I always recommend bringing in a faerie character to story tell.  If you decide not to do that, make a story time corner where the children can look and read some faerie books. It’s also fun to include some faerie props if you like.  Ex.  A mason jar with glowing faeries, a faerie door or wand. You can hang a tulle canopy from a tree with some blankets books and pillows on the floor.

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Craft Ideas:

You can do anything from potting fresh flowers in a small pail (Target, Michaels), to making faerie wands, or head garlands to decorating faerie houses.

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Activities/Games:  

If you decide to forgo hiring a themed character, you can provide some simple activities such as whimsical face painting, a faerie hunt, and faerie games for the children to do.

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Lunch/Snacks:

It’s always nice serving lunch with this theme and fun snacks.  Simple tea sandwiches work best with fresh fruit,  vegetables and dips. You can also be more creative by serving something like breadstick snails as an appetizer.

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Favor Bags:

Favor bags always look fabulous when decorated with butterflies, flowers or ribbon

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Music:  

Faeries love to dance to soft music.  Give each child  rainbow scarves or streamers to dance around with.

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Faerie Character:

A Faerie character will lead your party for you and add to the magic of the day.

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Cupcakes/Cake:

Whether you decide on serving cupcakes or cake, simple embellishments are easy to add.

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Sugary Treats:

For the parent who wants a little something extra for the children to take home.

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These are just some of the simple things you can do to make your event more magical!

By |September 18th, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips|0 Comments