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Anonymous posted in Parties Dec 20

Party entertainment

Looking for ideas for 4year old Birthday Party entertainment,something that both girls and boys can enjoy Thank you in advance

  • Pat
    Jan 03

    Our grandson’s 3rd birthday was at a fire company. The kids got to go on the fire truck and see the fireman put on his gear and even try some of on themselves. For his 4th birthday he took some friends to Legoland in Plymouth Meeting

Katie posted in Parties Oct 20

2nd Birthday Gift

What did you get your child for their second birthday?

  • Anonymous
    Oct 24

    My daughter turned two last week. The best gifts she got were a Magna Doodle, hot wheels, kinetic sand, and a doctor play set. She loves all of them.

  • Age
    Oct 27

    Mega blocks and ride on vehicles (he got two- one lives outdoors one stays indoors) were both big hits. He also loved the hot wheels he got.

Birthday Party Ideas

Hi so I have a set of twins turning 4 in January. My son is autistic but my daughter isn’t. This is the first year I want to throw them a party but I don’t want to be so concerned about not overwhelming my son that my daughter doesn’t have fun. Any suggestions?

  • Mandy
    Oct 28

    What is your son sensitive to usually? If he is sensitive to sound, you could do noise cancelling headphones. My cousin's child is autistic and is Sensitive to sounds and lights. He would wear sunglasses and noise cancelling headphones in certain situations

Golden birthday

Hi! My daughter is turning two and I was wondering if you guys have any cute golden birthday ideas or traditions. I already know I’m going to get her a gold two birthday balloon and taking her to the zoo but other than that I’m lost

  • anonymous mom
    Oct 09, 2019

    I didn’t know that 2 was a golden birthday 🤦‍♀️. My daughter likes fire trucks so I ordered a cake that looked like a fire truck. Red. Not gold. Happy birthday to your little one, I hope you all have an awesome day!!! ❤️❤️

  • anonymous mom
    Oct 09, 2019

    Oh ohhhhhh but school busses are kind of golden right!? If she’s school bus obsessed like most kids are maybe something to do with a school bus!! 😍

Anonymous posted in Grade Schoolers Oct 03, 2019

Best age for 1st Sleepover

What age did your child attend/host 1st sleepover? Daughter is turning 8 years old and she would really like one. I'm wracking my brain and nerves trying to plan/prepare/make definitive decision on yes or no. I don't feel our house is big enough. Her room is upstairs. Mine is I sleep upstairs???? Go up and down15 times checking on girls? Does my hubby and 2 year old st... More

  • Cathy
    Oct 05, 2019

    Yes. I would rather have the sleepover at my own house then send my kid to someone else’s. There’s so many things to worry about and you never know if people have guns, drugs, etc.

  • Serrina F.
    Oct 09, 2019

    I have a 9 year old son and he has had several sleepovers and gone to a couple. We haven't had more than 3 boys at a time though but they were fine in his room, if we past 3 I would make them set up in the livingroom. All they did was snack, play video games and be on the laptop. I had to force them to watch a movie and eat dinner. They were up pretty late playing them dang video games but... More

3 YO Birthday Party

Hi All, looking for ideas in planning an indoor fall birthday party that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?! Anyone else out there feel like some posts on Instagram for kids birthday parties gives them anxiety?

  • Vonda
    Sep 29, 2019

    We ordered pizza and I made a cake from scratch. Super cheap. Only had close family and friends. Used the same decorations we used last year. Easy.

  • winter
    Oct 02, 2019

    Family & Friends ! If it were up to me it would just be the 3 of us! Ha!


I have a budget of $500! What can I do for my boy/girl twins birthday????? They’re turning TWO. Please help. Their birthday is a month away.😩

  • JT
    Sep 25, 2019

    Agree. They don’t need much and won’t remember it. Lunch or dinner get together with cake. DONE.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 26

    Have a simple birthday, cake and coffee. Put the money remaining in their bank accounts. Two year olds don't appreciate a big party. You don't need all the work.

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 10, 2019

What are some eco-friendly party favors for toddlers?

My little one turns 3 soon and I would love to send home party favors that are useful and eco-friendly. Thank you!

  • Emily
    Sep 12, 2019

    On the topic of seeds... you could do mini plant pots and station to paint/decorate them. Then soil and some different seed choices to plant. And a thank you sign saying something like: Watch me grow! Thanks for celebrating!

  • Chapin
    Sep 13, 2019

    Wooden train whistles - they're not super loud, which is also nice. Tiny succulents in tiny pots. Books.

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 06, 2019

1st birthday

I’m looking for a face painter for my sons first birthday or do you have any other ideas for his birthday I wanted something fun that he could also do with the other kids is face painting a good idea I was going to get a bounce house but then decided not to because he wouldn’t get to play on it anyways I would love some insight he is my fist baby lol so I want it to be special but also somethi... More

  • Kieli
    Sep 06, 2019

    First birthday parties are fun to celebrate, it’s a huge milestone for sure! But when my daughter turned one, we kept it simple... she didn’t like her cake at all, she liked opening presents and getting snuggles from family, but after about an hour she was ready for a nap. There were no other kids there either so we didn’t plan any activities

  • Jackie
    Sep 07, 2019

    Like the others said. It might be a little much and he might not even be into it. My LO would definitely not have sat still long enough for someone to try to paint her face! It’s a cute idea but I think that’s more appropriate for 3+ as for the bouncy house if your LO isn’t a great walker it’s not gonna be much fun in my opinion. Also, if there are older or more aggressive kids they might tackl... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 02, 2019

Birthday party invites

Hi! We are planning a 3rd birthday party for our son. It’s the first REAL party for him with friends. The venue we have chosen allows for 10 kids - so 9 friends. The problem is that we will not be able to allow siblings. Are there digital invitation websites that allow for you to put one child’s name on the invite OR do I have to send a paper invitation to the only child that is invited? I ... More

  • B
    Sep 04, 2019

    In the text of the digital invite, just say that space and limited and you won’t have room for siblings. Even if you just put the kids name you still need to say it very clearly as well

  • Leelee
    Sep 05, 2019

    And since it's so few kids, I say calling or speaking to the parent/s personally and again saying, sadly we won't have room for sibs.

2nd birthday party??

So my boyfriend and I are in the midst of house hunting and our little ones 2nd birthday party is coming up in two months. I'm not sure if it's the stress of life or maybe because I'm a crappy mom :/ but I have ZERO motivation to throw him a birthday party :/ Last year for his 1st birthday party, around this time I had the theme and decorations picked out! I was super excited proba... More

  • Kate
    Sep 12, 2019

    We did the party for the 1st bday and this year for 2nd we just invited family to join us at a theme park with rides. It was a no pressure thing, just something we wanted to do over the summer anyway so we made it the birthday thing. I felt like next year at 3 our daughter might be more aware of birthday parties so we thought we’d have fun but save money this year.

  • Natasha
    Sep 29, 2019

    I went all out for my daughters first birthday party. We rented a bounce house and everything! The next year for her 2nd birthday we were going to do Chuck E. Cheese but eventually went with monkey joes! They had great birthday party packs, better food, games, and fun for my little one, who (let’s face it) unfortunately will only remember from the pictures and video’s. However, my daughter, and... More

would you be offended?

Maybe I’m being extra sensitive about this, but we just went to a wedding. My husband and the groom know each other through a mutual friend. And we all tend to get together every few months, 4 couples all together. My husband and the mutual friend are close friends/work together. And we kind of entered this “group of friends” within the last couple of years. Soooo what I’m saying is that we we... More

  • cocomac
    Sep 02, 2019

    Thanks all!!!

  • Anonymous
    Sep 04, 2019

    I wouldn't be offended. You were invited through the groom. Did she even know who you guys were? If she didnt recognize you it was probably more awkward for her being whisked away by people she didnt know

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 18, 2019

Food ideas

My LO’s birthday is coming up and I’m trying to plan food. We are having birthday at a playground - no grilling allowed. Need easy, not a ton of prep involved, cold food ideas for 40 that will last a few hours. Also, I don’t mind buying already prepared items - we were going to get large pizzas from our favorite pizza place. What did you all have? Ideas online tend to be way to much work and I... More

Party ideas or places to have a birthday party for two boys?

They are going to be 3 & 4. It’s my cousin’s son and my son, mine is the older one. But their birthdays are just days apart, hers is on the 29th and mine is on the 31st of August so I know it’s going to be hot but I just didn’t know what age appropriate things they could do together, last year we went to a splash pad and they had a blast so I was sure if maybe doing that again or something ... More

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jul 14, 2019

    Chuck e cheese! I've had 2 of my sons birthdays there! Or even at a house no matter where they will love it.

  • Jennifer
    Jul 19, 2019

    Chuck e cheese can get pretty expensive, and even local kids indoor play area. They all cost around $300-$400. I'm doing my daughter bday on 7/27 at our local splash pads. We are having bbq. Foods include, hamburger, chicken wings, chow mein, vegtable skewers (mushroom, bell pepper, and zuchinni), and watermelon, chips and drinks. For birthday cake, it might melt in the heat, so I'... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Jun 29, 2019

Son turning 2 in August

We are renting out our clubhouse. They have rules that say we can’t pin,tape, nail, command stripes,etc. any ideas how to hang up streamers,balloons,backdrops without using any of those things? Because I am lost.

  • Diana
    Jun 29, 2019

    Helium balloons with weights on the floor - then run streamers between the balloons. Is there a door you could hang the backdrop over? Or if you had one of those portable clothing racks... or use stiff poster board from the dollar store taped together into a 90 degree angle for the smaller images

  • Anonymous
    Jun 29, 2019

    I love those ideas!! Definitely will try over the door. Just have to make sure nobody opens it.

Anonymous posted in Parties Jun 27, 2019

Birthday Party Times

What times for birthday parties are your favorite? I feel like anything before 12 wont work because she does an early nap. I was thinking doing a 1-5 or 2-6. Shes 2 and doesn't have friends yet so it will mostly be adults and a couple kids in the 5-10 range.

  • anonymous mom
    Jun 28, 2019

    I would schedule it so people start showing up ~30 minutes or so after you expect her to wake up from her nap. Have fun:)

  • anonymous mom
    Jun 28, 2019

    Also with regard to length of time for the party, I don’t specify an end time. I just say when to show up and give some info about what to expect food wise. My family is massive and it goes without saying that a dish to pass is expected but I still usually specify in the invite something like, “immediate family will bring a dish to pass. Burgers, dogs, appetizers, cake, beer, and drinks will be... More

Outdoor games

Hi! I’m trying to get a head start on planning my daughters first birthday. Looking for suggestions on outdoor lawn games for the kids. Most of the other kids will be from 2-7 y/o. Thanks for your help!

Have you done your cake smash photoshoot before baby turns 1 or after? 🎂🎉

  • Jackie
    Jun 22, 2019

    We will be doing ours shortly after she turns one. My LO turns one next week and with my step son having baseball tournaments going on still and my husband and I working different days it’s hard to find something that works. So it will probably be 1 maybe 2 weeks later. We also did her newborn session at 1 month. Don’t stress it! If you really want a cake smash on her birthday do like Jennife... More

  • Danielle
    Jun 23, 2019

    I had his cake smash photoshoot at 10 months since 11 and 12 months gonna get super busy for me to be able to do this. I did the photoshoot myself since I’m an uprising photographer but definitely do it depending on how you feel on when

Anonymous posted in Allergies & Asthma Jun 05, 2019

Birthday cake

My soon-to-be 5 yr old is allergic to colors on the icing cream. His Birthday is just round the corner. I would like him to choose his cake but I want to make sure I give him options that would suit his health. Looking for recommendations for alternate Birthday cakes. TIA.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 06, 2019

    That's a great idea. Do you know any Bakery that does it?

  • Lynn
    Jun 06, 2019

    I’m sure you can make a special request

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture May 23, 2019

Birthday party RSVPs

We are having a birthday party for my son in 3 days.. I let my son invite the kids from his babysitters. He is 5 and has always gone there. There are about 10 kids and some are siblings... I knew a lot of people may decline because of the holiday weekend but only one parent has RSVP’d... I have no idea whether to plan on the others attending or not. It is okay either way but I would like ... More

  • Mysticnocturne
    Jun 05, 2019

    I agree with the people in support of RSVPing. I always do party favors, and I would hate for a kid to be left out because there are not enough, but I also don't want to buy 20 if only 5 kids are attending. I also like it when parents *ASK* is siblings can also attend and not assume that they can. I don't mind- as long as I know in advance- but again- I need to know numbers to make sure... More

  • Jennifer
    Jul 25, 2019

    I agree with Randy. Not RSVP is rude. My co-worker told me that her daughter's preschool, a mom invited the whole school to attend the daughter 4yr old birthday. Out of 20 people, my co-worker was the only people that attend. That means only 1 kid showed up out of the 20 kids. The birthday girl was so sad and cried. This totally ruined her birthday. So my co-worker is even too scared... More

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