At age two, children are old enough to be excited about the prospect of having relatives and/or friends over … of receiving presents … of eating cake and ice cream … of “Me birthday party!” To make sure your child's party is a success, keep these tips in mind:
Include your youngster in the planning, having him help select the refreshments and the theme.
Beware of guest appearances by a face-painted clown or mask-wearing magician; they tend to provoke more terror than mirth.
Remember that the Number One Rule is to keep it short, around two hours. The anticipation beforehand and the excitement of the party itself are apt to fray your child's nerves — not to mention yours!
Ask other parents to stay for the duration. It's hard for one parent to supervise a group and keep everyone safe.
Consider having your child open presents after the guests leave so they don't get upset about wanting presents, too.
Provide party favors to help everyone feel included.