*This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading Company. All opinions are my own*
Planning a toddler birthday party should be fun event for parents, not a stressful one. However, when toddlers are involved, unpredictable events can make one nervous. Here are some tips for a stress-free, fun party day.
Keep It Simple
I cannot say this enough. Toddlers get overstimulated easily and they really don’t care whether you spent hours on every detail.
They still might not smile for your picture.
One of my favorite places to purchase party supplies from is Oriental Trading Company.
Their supplies are affordable and often come small packs, perfect for giving as party favors.
Make Party Activities Toddler-Friendly
My girls love playing dress up. Paw Patrol reigns at our house, so we picked up some Paw Patrol costumes .
They wore those things all day (pre and post party!) I think they almost enjoyed them more than the gifts. The adults even joined the fun and wore Paw Patrol masks!
Of all the birthday parties I’ve attended with my children, I’ve noticed that they enjoy the ones that are catered to toddlers (playdough, colored spaghetti noodles, small bouncy house, coloring station, etc).
Maybe it’s the educator in me, but I find that when the activities are age appropriate, it helps the kids have less melt down moments. Toddlers have short attention spans, so short games, music and age-appropriate arts and crafts are usually a hit.
Keep Snacks Kid Friendly
Be careful to steer clear of foods that can pose choking hazards, unless they are cut into small bite size pieces (grapes, hotdogs, etc).
A toddler party is not the time to bring out expensive catered foods. Most toddlers are pretty picky and wasteful. Pinterest has a ton of ideas for healthy snacks that are colorful and attractive. Kids are more likely to try foods when they are appealing to the eye.
However, if you choose to go the catered route for the adults, make sure you have toddler-friendly snacks for the little (picky) ones.
Charge Your Camera (or Phone)
There is NOTHING worse than missing those special moments because your camera or phone is dead.
Be sure charge the device you are using a day in advance to ensure you don’t miss blowing out the candles, family & friends or those messy cake moments.
Or, you can give the task of photography to a party guest so that you can fully enjoy the special moments with your little one.
Keep the Invite List Small
When the guest list is too long, you are busy running around and entertaining, thus not enjoying the party or the time with your little one. Younger toddlers aren’t ready for a lot of socializing, so the size of your guest list doesn’t matter as much, however, that does add to your list of things to do as far as entertaining.
Older toddlers often enjoy the company of their peers.
Plan Around Nap time
I don’t know about you, but my kids get some kind of cranky before a nap, and even after waking up. Who wants to have a party with a cranky toddler?? NOT ME!!
Timing is super important. Try to keep the party two hours or less. Nap time is key! Their little bodies need time to rest and recharge after being partied out.
What tips and tricks have worked for you when planning a toddler birthday party? Leave a comment and share with me!