For the twins’ first birthday, we had a few people over to our house. Our babies weren’t walking yet, so our living room was a fine place for them and a couple other littles to crawl around.
This year, we knew that our very small living room was NOT sufficient. We already spend lots of time in here…and we all like getting out. 🙂 So I wanted to do an activity that would not only involve going somewhere else, but an activity that would let the boys run off plenty of energy.
We settled on renting a community center gym–many of the local centers have ‘indoor parks’ or ‘toddler gyms’. It turned out to be an empty gymnasium with lots of toys: riding toys like cozy coupes and tricycles, plus lots of balls, some hula hoops, that kind of thing.
Nine other families ended up joining us, and all the kids were between 18 months and just over 2. They all seemed to have a great time running around and using all the toys!
I ended up running around too much to get many photos, but I got a few basic ones to capture the spirit. 🙂
And since it was during the toddler dinner hour, we had a nice spread of snacks: crockpot pulled pork, home-popped popcorn, two kinds of (toddler-approved) muffins, chips and salsa, fruit, pasta salad, applesauce pouches, and juice.
And COSTCO CAKE (my favorite part of any birthday!). Yummmmmmmm.
Yes, I let the babies have some. They loved it, of course. 🙂
Their other favorite part was the balloons.
Really, the whole party could have been a roomful of balloons and they would have been THRILLED. 🙂
Notice that the ‘decorations’ consisted of last year’s birthday banner, a new $10 decor pack from Party City, and $25 worth of balloons. As much as I love the look of all the perfect Pinterest parties–adorable upcycled cake platters, cute labels, striped paper straws, homemade tissue paper garlands, etc–it’s not something I want to spend time, energy or money on. Plus I don’t really have the talent (though sometimes I wish I did!). So we go the cheap, easy and fun route! 🙂
So overall, it was a great way to celebrate with brand-new two-year-olds. All the kids had fun playing and eating. It probably wasn’t the most exciting ‘party’ for the parents, but I’m pretty sure that we’re not the only ones who love an opportunity for the kids run around on a dark and chilly early evening. And hopefully the cake helped too. 🙂