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Are you looking to find 2 year old birthday party ideas? Whether you are searching for a fun theme or tips to help make your toddler’s party a success, you’re in the right place!
These 2 year old birthday party ideas are going to help you plan the best party EVER for your toddler. Take it from a mama of a two year old. I am going to walk you through my whole party planning process to help make your little darling’s birthday a huge success!
Two year olds are little balls of energy. So you are going to want to be proactive and think about how to entertain your toddler (or toddlers if you are inviting other littles). Whether you have a little girl or a little boy, you are going to want to give a theme some thought, think carefully about where you want to host the party, and have a plan for keeping little ones busy and engaged.
Now that your one year olds about to turn two you are probably in the thick of birthday planning. This ultimate guide is going to help you plan EVERYTHING. Every little detail. It includes considerations to keep in mind during the initial planning process, party tips, entertainment ideas, location suggestions, outfit suggestions, theme suggestions, and party favor ideas.
BEFORE WE DIVE RIGHT IN, YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO GRAB THIS POLAROID CAMERA TO CAPTURE ALL THE SPECIAL MOMENTS. Both kids and adults will appreciate this cute AND practical party addition. I probably don’t have to remind you how fast kids grow. Having a camera handy to capture all the sweet and precious moments is EVERYTHING. Now let’s get to 2 year old birthday party ideas!
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Best 2 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas
Ready for great 2 year old birthday party ideas? Here are some of the most helpful tips to keep in mind as you BEGIN party planning.
Take your toddler’s interests into consideration. If you’re little one is obsessed with Buzz Lightyear, you may want to incorporate him into the party. Does your toddler love to dance? Then adding music is a must. You get the picture. Adding the interests of your little one is a great way to ensure that the party is a success. Some themes are more popular than others, so don’t be afraid to be creative and add a few of your toddler’s favorite characters and favorite things to the celebration.
You will also want to consider your guest list. If you are planning a family party, think of a location that will be easy for your guests. For example, my grandparents are in their 80’s, live in Florida, and travel to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. For us, having a party at the house is the easiest. It is honestly easiest for everyone. We have plenty of comfortable seating for my grandparents since being on their feet for long periods of time is not feasible.
Plus, there is something special about being in the comfort of your own home. We like it because we can brew up a pot of coffee when we want to, enjoy each other’s company for however long we want to, have access to toys at all times, AND it is free. Can’t beat that!
To ensure that your toddler has a good time, give serious thought to what time the party will begin. I probably don’t have to remind you how important nap time is. We always make plans around naps. Before or after, but never during! We try to avoid a cranky toddler at all costs.
You’ll obviously need to entertain your two year old. If you plan to invite other littles, you’ll need an entertainment plan for them as well. Here are some great ideas that will keep your kids engaged. Quite honestly, these fun activities will be greatly appreciated by all kids!
You can also easily adapt them to your theme. If your toddler is having an animal themed party and you hired a face painter, they can paint animals on kids’ faces. Let’s get right into 2 year old birthday party ideas that will help keep your baby entertained.
4. Scavenger Hunt
Hide items that go along with your little one’s 2nd birthday party theme and encourage the party guests to discover them. You could even hide birthday related items for the kids to find. For example, at my daughter’s party, we plan to hide the pieces of this Melissa & Doug birthday cake set. After discovering the pieces the kiddos will put it together. This will make for a great segway to real birthday cake.
6. Obstacle Course
Here is another great party idea perfect for 2 year olds. Set up your own obstacle course. EASILY set up your own obstacle course with the following items:
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7. Face Painting
Whether you are planning a themed party or not, face painting is ALWAYS a hit. This kit is non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
8. Balloon Artist
A balloon artist is a great addition to toddler birthday parties.
9. Bouncy Castle
THIS is one of the BEST ways to entertain little kids.
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11. Water Table
Water tables serve as GREAT entertainment. This is just what a toddler birthday party needs. This is the one we love and use.
12. Invite Characters
Are you throwing a party with a very hungry caterpillar theme? Does your little one love Little Red Riding Hood or Minnie Mouse? Invite your two-year-old’s favorite character to make a surprise appearance at their birthday party.
13. Kiddie Pool
If you are celebrating outside, you may consider setting up rotations for toddlers. This will help keep things interesting. A kiddie pool ALWAYS helps make it a special day. On to more 2 year old birthday party ideas!
14. Ball Pit
This makes for a great indoor play area for small children. Especially if your toddler loves to play with balls as much as mine does. Throw a ball pit into the mix and she is in HEAVEN!
Keep it simple! You can even tie in the food with the theme of your toddler’s birthday party. If your toddler has a “two sweet” theme, you can serve plenty of sweets to your guests. Some ideas include ice cream cones, ice cream, donuts, and candy. We had a “sweet one” theme for my daughter’s first birthday party and we served mini donuts with sprinkles for all the guests.
Finger foods are a big hit for toddler birthday parties. Your adults, older kids, and little guests will love these food ideas. If you are looking for recipes, these are GREAT and will help you whip up the perfect finger foods.
15. Pigs in a Blanket
16. Chicken Nuggets
17. Mini Pizzas
18. Finger Sandwiches
19. French Fries
20. Mac and Cheese Bites
22. Fruit Cups
23. Frozen Yogurt Drops
24. Carrot Sticks and Hummus Cups
25. Cucumber Sticks and Hummus Cups
26. Cheese & Crackers
27. Veggie Straws
28. Mozzarella Sticks
29. Mini Chicken Quesadillas
31. Taco Bar (perfect for a Taco Twosday theme)
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Your location will depend on a couple of different factors like the age of your little one, your preference, the weather/time of year, and your theme.
Here are some great location suggestions for where you can celebrate your toddler’s big day.
32. Your House
This is where I prefer to host my toddler’s party. There are so many benefits to celebrating a happy birthday at home. Just to name a few! Here we can partake in simple games, I can easily decorate my home for this major milestone, and it’s free!
33. A Family Member’s House
If you have a family member who is willing to host your toddler’s birthday celebration, this is another great option. Last year, my parents hosted my daughter’s first birthday party and it was really special. Plus, it was a central location for the whole family.
34. Petting Zoo
Does your little one love farm animals? A petting zoo is a good idea if you are inviting other children and have an animal or a farm theme.
35. Your Local Park
If you want to celebrate your birthday boy or birthday girl outdoors, a local park is a good choice. Of course, you will need good adult supervision. The park is a great way to work on those fine motor skills AND a fun way to celebrate!
36. The Little Gym
If you are looking for a way to celebrate outside of the house, The Little Gym offers birthday bash’s for kids 1-12 years old. Their instructors facilitate party games, play music, and introduce activities you’re kiddos will love. Bonus points!
37. The Children’s Museum
Do you have a curious George on your hands? Perhaps the Children’s Museum would be a great place to celebrate your toddler’s birthday. This is a place kids of all ages will enjoy.
38. Dance Studio
If you have a little one who loves to dance or perhaps you have a dancing theme, your dance studio is the PERFECT location. My daughter LOVES to dance, so she would be all about this.
If you have a theme that includes wild animals, the zoo is an excellent location.
Theme Ideas & Inspiration!
40. Taco Twosday
Are tacos one of your toddler’s favorite things? Make Taco Twosday your theme! You can set up a taco bar and add this adorable taco decor.
41. Two Groovy
Ready for more 2nd birthday ideas? Two Groovy! One of my best friends went with this theme for her daughter’s birthday party and it was too cute! Break out everything groovy for this 70’s theme. This outfit is insanely cute!
42. Two Wild
If your little boy is a wild thing, why not go with this theme? An easy way to decorate for this theme is to have it at the zoo. This shirt is perfect. Keep reading for more 2 year old birthday party ideas.
43. Two Infinity & Beyond
If your little one loves Toy Story and Buzz Lightyear, this is the theme for your baby. These cupcake toppers are the BEST second birthday party idea for this theme.
44. Tubular Two
If your little one has a summer birthday or you plan on hosting an outdoor party, this is a great theme option. Especially if water is involved! Aren’t these invitations great? Let’s dive into more 2 year old birthday party ideas.
45. 2 Legit 2 Quit
Bring it back with a 2 Legit 2 Quit birthday theme. You’ll definitely need to allot time in the schedule for a dance party with this theme. This cake topper is everything!
46. Two Cool
Ready for more fun ideas for your 2 year old? Grab this birthday bundle with the click of your mouse making this theme a breeze.
47. Cluck Oink Baa Moo I’m Two
This theme is great for the petting zoo, but it can also work for an outdoor or an indoor birthday party. The whole family is sure to rock this theme with these shirts. Are you dying to know more 2 year old birthday party ideas?
48. Love You Two The Moon
This is another adorable birthday party theme. Break out the outer space decor. This coloring sheet makes for a great end of the party activity. Coloring is a great calming activity. Your babe is sure to love this.
49. Tutu Cute
There is no better way to announce a birthday theme than with a banner. I am obsessed with this banner AND this theme. Keep the 2 year old birthday party ideas coming!
50. Tea For 2
This is the theme we went with for my daughter’s second birthday party. You can have this indoors or you can set it up in your backyard for a beautiful garden party. This birthday banner is too precious!
51. Two Sweet
This is such an adorable theme idea. Decorate with lots of sweets and bright colors! These cookies are BEAUTIFUL. They would be the perfect addition to this theme.
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52. Little Miss 2 Much
Here is another great option for your little princess. This outfit is so sweet. Now for even more excellent 2 year old birthday party ideas!
53. Two-tti Fruity
This is for all the fruit lovers! You can serve lots of different fruit and sweets. This banner is just the ticket! This is just one of many great 2 year old birthday party ideas.
54. Two Fast
I LOVE the color scheme on this beautiful balloon garland.
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55. Chugga Chugga Two Two
Does your little guy love trains? Then he will LOVE this theme. These invitations are so gorgeous.
56. Boo! I’m Two
Looking for more fun ideas? If your toddler has a fall birthday, this is an adorable theme to celebrate his or her second birthday. These balloons are great decorations.
Which of these 2 year old birthday party ideas will your little one love?
57. Bad 2 The Bone
Here is another great fall theme. This outfit is to die for!
58. Second Rodeo
I absolutely love the “this ain’t my first rodeo, it’s my second” theme. Send these invitations to your guests!
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59. Have Your Cake And Eat It Two
Here is another one of the best ideas for your toddler’s second birthday party. If you are inviting other littles, this is a great activity! Have the little ones get cozy in the living room and doodle away.
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60. Some Bunny Is Turning 2
Plan this birthday party EASILY with this bundle.
Who doesn’t love fairy tales? This is a great theme for younger as well as older children. If you want to splurge for your little one’s second birthday, this piece is STUNNING!
Free play is great, but it is always nice to have entertainment ideas planned to engage little ones. This superhero treasure hunt is a MUST-HAVE! Let’s dive into even more amazing 2 year old birthday party ideas!
If your two year old loves Bluey, you may want to go with a Bluey themed birthday bash. If so… these are your party essentials!
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Going with a pirate theme this year? This shirt is very fitting!
65. Puppy Pawty
My daughter is OBSESSED with puppies. If your two year old loves puppies, why not have a puppy pawty? This garland is a great decorative piece.
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66. Oh Twoodles
Celebrate with Minnie Mouse & Mickey Mouse with this theme. This decoration is so sweet.
67. Two and Diggin It
Break out the hard hats and construction everything! These stickers are lovely!
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68. Two Fly
I love this decorative garland! You have the option to order it in different colors if you wish.
69. Two Nado
The best part of all this theme’s decor items is these shirts! As a mama of a toddler, I really do feel like a storm chaser some days. I am SURE you can relate.
70. Yabba Dabba Two
Looking for great inspiration for your birthday party? This backdrop is AMAZING for photos.
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Party Favor Ideas
Here are helpful options for what you can include in your party favors.
71. Bubble Wands
These bubble wands are the BEST party favors. Everyone loves bubbles!
72. Sidewalk Chalk
You can’t go wrong with chalk! They’re the perfect tool for outdoor games.
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73. Juice Box
Juice boxes are ALWAYS a treat for toddlers.
This is an oldie but goodie. We LOVE these crayons!
75. Coloring Book
Throw one of these mini coloring books inside of your party favor bag.
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Play-doh will be greatly appreciated by any toddler. Trust me.
77. Party Huggers
This one is more for the older people at the party, but I love the idea of sending guests home with a great memory. These party huggers are so sweet.
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Throw one of these cool sensory balls into your party favor bag.
The way to a toddler’s heart is with snacks! Gift your toddler guests with a bag of goldfish. YUM!
Stickers are another great option for party favor bag fillers.
We are nearing the end of our list of 2 year old birthday party ideas.
More Decor & Party Inspiration!
81. Party Favor Bags
These party favor bags are great for storing whatever fillers you decide.
82. Tea For Two Balloons
This is the set I went with for my daughter’s second birthday and they are so fitting!
83. Polaroid Camera
Capture the special memories with a Polaroid camera. Guests will love this!
84. Table Covers
Whatever your theme is, table covers are a must-have for your party.
85. Decoration Set
Looking for a decoration set? This beautiful set will make decorating super simple.
If you are throwing a construction themed party for your little one, this backdrop is great for photos!
87. Birthday Tattoos
These birthday tattoos are SUCH a GREAT idea!
88. Speed Limit Sign
How adorable is this speed limit 2 sign?
89. Photo Banner
Are you looking for personalized 2 year old birthday party ideas? This custom banner is for you!
90. Party Plates
You can’t have a birthday party without plates!
Cups are another party must-have!
Here is another birthday essential! These napkins had to make it to the 2 year old birthday party ideas list.
Last but not least on the 2 year old birthday party ideas list are blowouts! Even if your toddler can’t perfect this yet, I am sure they will enjoy watching the older guests use these to celebrate their special day.
So there you have it! You have 93 great 2 year old birthday party ideas to help you plan your toddler’s big day! Young children, older children, AND adults will have a great time.
The considerations, entertainment, food, location, theme, party favors, and decor ideas are sure to help you plan the PERFECT celebration.
Comment and let me know which 2 year old birthday party ideas you went with.