Over the weekend, I threw a birthday party for not only my son, but for my daughter as well. That's right! A two for the price of one birthday party! My children are not twins, but their birthdays are really close to each other. Literally ten days apart from each other. So instead of throwing two parties I throw one big shindig for both of them.
Now throwing one birthday party for two completely different children can be a challenge. For instance, my son is three and my daughter is one, so it was important for the party to represent both of them.
While my husband and I planned this party, we had to think about many things such as the venue, the theme, the invitations and the cake.
Find a fun location that both children can enjoy: In order for this to be a happy occasion, the location had to be something that both children could enjoy along with their friends. Since my children are young and the majority of their friends are under 5, the venue needed to be age friendly for everyone. We chose , which was equipped with an array of activities for every age. My son is not into jumping machines, but he loves to play the arcade games. My daughter doesn't really care as long as she is not hungry. There are many party venues in and near Lawrenceville such as The Little Gym, Monkey Joe's, , Snellville Lanes and Karate Birthday which provide birthday party packages.
Find a theme that represents both children: The venue I chose did provide themes, but I didn't see any that were gender neutral. My son loves Toy Story 3, but I couldn't see how my daughter would be represented with that theme. So, I chose a Mickey and Minnie Mouse theme that could represent the boys and girls who would be present. I even showed them a couple of episodes of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to see how they would respond. And to my surprise they liked it! After that I started searching for Mickey and Minnie tablecovers, napkins, plates, goodie bags, Mickey ears and of course the infamous Mickey and Minnie airwalkers. Combining Mickey with Minnie, allowed me to throw some pink and blue into everything so both could be represented. There is always a way to make the theme work.
Personalize the Invitations: Personalized invitations from vistaprint.com really made their invitations reflect them. I put a picture of the two of them playing together on the front of their invitation which really gave a family-fun feel for the party. Once I ran out of real invitations I used Evite to inform friends and family.
Find a Great Bakery: When it comes to having many young people at a birthday party it's best to have a cupcake-cake. Not just cupcakes, but a cake that looks like a regular cake, but is really cupcakes underneath. I purchased this cake from Sweets on the Square in downtown Lawrenceville. They drew Mickey and Minnie on the top layer of icing over the cupcakes and added their names. Cupcake-cakes are easiest to serve and do not need to be cut in any way. The cupcakes can simply be taken apart and easily distributed throughout the party.
This birthday party was so much fun that I think we will continue to throw a joint birthday party until my children are old enough to tell me they don't want one. But even then I think I'll do it anyway.