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Toddler Birthday Parties

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First Birthdays are tough. There is a huge amount of pressure to create the perfect party by other Moms in your Mommy Group, Pinterest, and that family member that is just a little too good at crafting. (you know the ones that send out the perfect handmade invites to EVERY event!)

That is why the toddler years are YOUR years. Two and three year olds care about a fun place to play, activities to keep them busy, and cake.

That is it.

The rest of the party is up to you! Love crafting? Awesome! Spend the time making banners and invitations to create a themed party. Love to bake? Go crazy and make that Superhero three tiered cake! Hate doing all of that stuff? You don’t have to! Your child will not remember a thing. Go to the bakery, buy a cupcake, get a picture of your child blowing out the candle, and print it off as proof that you celebrated their birthday. Then put them to bed and enjoy a glass of wine to celebrate being a parent for 2 years.

Easy!

Another way to enjoy the party a bit more is to host it ANYWHERE besides in your home. Why waste the morning cleaning the house just to do it all over again after your guests leave? There are so many options that are in and around Edmonton. Some of my favorites are:

City Parks

The city does an amazing job of keeping parks and playgrounds clean and most have lots of picnic tables close to the playgrounds. My favorite right now is the redone Kinsmen playground. The park is brand new, there is a spray park nearby if the weather is nice, and they have a gazebo right in the middle of the playground.

Java Mama

Their play area is absolutely perfect for this age. You are able to rent out the whole cafe and bring your own food. You can also add party packages such as Superheroes & Princesses so you don’t even have to worry about bringing decorations!

Gymboree

Their play area is also perfect for two and three year olds but when you book a party here they also have a trained teacher to help keep the kids busy, a gift for the birthday girl or boy, and gift bags for all your guests.

 

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Cafe O’Play

The play area is large so it is perfect for bigger parties. Kids at this age love driving their cars around the race track and parents like that they are able to sit and visit.

West Edmonton Mall 

Galaxyland has private party rooms for rent but did you know you can also rent the huge Pirate Ship? Sea Life Caverns also offers party packages or you could check out a Sea Lion show!

There are also some great businesses that can help with entertaining the kids. One of my favorites is Val from Born to Create. Whether you want each child to make a sensory bin to take home (great idea for party favours!) or you want to get messy with Puffy Paint and Princess Snot, she can customize the party activities to suit any age!

 

Deanne is the owner of Box Social Event Planning and is a work at home Mom to two boys. She spends her time building overly complicated Lego and playing Superheroes. She lets her kids watch too many cooking shows on T.V., enjoys winter a little too much, and loves ordering pizza with her husband after the kids go to bed at night.”

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