Birthday Party Planning Guide
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Turn your little ones 2nd birthday party into Barnyard fun with cool themed activities that will keep the party going. You're sure to satisfy even the pickiest little animal in the bunch with these yummy recipes that can't be beat!
4-6 Weeks Before the Party
Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.
Create Guest List
Just fill out the handy list in this guide!
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Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts
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Book Entertainment (optional)
2 Weeks Before the Party
Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.
Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.
Create List of Parent Phone Numbers
Keep on hand in case of emergency.
Plan Party Menu
Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.
Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies
This guide has ideas that match your party theme!
2-3 Days Before the Party
1 Day Before the Party
Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice
Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.
Childproof & Decorate Party Area
Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.
Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas
Invite your party child to help!
Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium
After the Party
Send Birthday Thank-You Notes
Include party photos!
Duck, Duck, Goose!
(Estimated time - 20 mins)
This is a fun party game for all ages!
Simply have your little guests sit in a
circle and be sure to leave enough space between each child to walk. To show the little ones how it's done you be the goose first. Walk around the outside of the circle touching each child on the head and say "Duck" every time until you pick someone to be it then you say "Goose". The child that is now the goose chases you until they either tag you or until you sit in the open spot.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
(Estimated time – 20 mins)
Purchase a printed Pin the Tail on the Donkey game or show off your creative side and make one! To make your own game simply draw a donkey on a piece of construction paper and color it in. With another sheet of construction paper cut strips for the donkey tails. Place a piece of tape on the back of each tail and write the players names. Blindfold the player and spin them three times, guide them to the poster. The child to get the tail closest to the correct spot wins a prize.
Surprise in a Haystack
(Estimated time – 25 mins)
This is a fun way to get the party started! Designate an area outside if possible to put a stack of hay down. Hide a number of farm animal toys in the hay. Give each guest 2 minutes to find a prize to take home.
(Estimated time – 30 mins)
- White paper plates
- Cotton balls, crayons, and yarn
- White glue or glue sticks
- Wooden sticks with round edges
This is a great quite time craft that the kids will love! Prior to the party cut plates into different farm animal faces or you can simply cut out eyes, nose, and mouth openings. Designate an area as the work station and place all decorating materials in the center or an equal amount at each setting. Have parent helpers available to assist each child in decorating and coloring the masks. Once the children have finished their masks tape a wooden stick to transform it into a cool hand held mask.
Cow Print Cupcakes
- 1 box cake mix your choice
- Vanilla frosting
- Chocolate chips
Bake cupcakes as directed on the box
Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting
Randomly place chocolate chips on top
PB & J Animal Sandwiches
Spread peanut butter and jelly onto one slice of bread and close sandwich by placing dry slice on top
Use animal shape cookie cutters to cut each sandwich
Serve on a platter or individually
Pigs in a Blanket
- Mini hotdog wieners
- Package of crescent dough
Unroll crescent dough and cut the pre sliced triangles in half
Roll a mini hot dog into each half triangle of the dough
Place on a nonstick baking sheet and bake as directed on the package
- 2 Cups of apple flavor O shaped cereal
- 2 Cups of plain O shaped cereal
- 2 Cups of Honey flavored O shaped cereal
- 1 ½ Cups of animal crackers
- 1 Cup of pretzel twists or small sticks
- 1 Cup of cheese flavored crackers
- 5 small pouches of your favorite fruit snacks
Pour all contents into a serving bowl together.
Mix contents and serve.
Glance through the list below to see if you're missing any important items. Many can be found on the party theme page.