Practical First Birthday Party Ideas for Moms of Twins

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  • Author Suzanne Daykin
  • Published June 3, 2011
  • Word count 1,101

As busy moms, we are always looking for birthday party ideas that are creative and fun yet easy to plan and prepare. While all birthdays are important, few are as monumental as your child's first, so of course you want to honor this achievement with a party. Organizing a gathering for a one year old can be overwhelming, and this stress doubles if you are the parent of twins. Most people will agree that twins can be challenging, especially in the first year, so celebrating their first birthday is a like recognizing a milestone – you survived, and the party should be for you as well as for your babies. So, make it easy on yourself and keep it simple. You do not need to spend the day running around attending to countless details when you will be busy enough trying to keep up with your two excited little ones. As you have probably learned over the past twelve months, simplicity is bliss, so host the party at home, keep the food and decorations uncomplicated, visit with family and friends, and take the time to enjoy the celebration.

Keeping the Individuality

Moms of twins often face the dilemma of trying to plan a joint party while still recognizing the individual personalities of each child. Since they won't remember their first birthday party, it is not necessary to have separate celebrations; but, there are ways to make each twin feel special while making it easier and less stressful for you. Make them their own little cake or cupcake. You can let them choose the flavor or design, or keep it theme related, but it is important that there is a cake for each highchair tray and their own candle to blow out. You may even want to sing Happy Birthday to each twin separately so they feel extra special and individual photos can be taken.

If you are choosing a theme for your party, it is easy to allow each twin to express their personality and preferences without creating a lot of extra work for yourself. You can transform your party room into a Sesame Street scene and allow each child to choose a character that you can build into the basic decorations. Adding a few Elmo and Big Bird accessories will personalize the party for each twin while still keeping with a single theme. Host a Noah's Ark party and include each baby's favorite animal, or create a bug conservatory and allow your children to choose their favorite insects such as a ladybug, butterfly, or bumble bee.

Remember to create separate stations for gift opening and cake eating. It only takes a few extra minutes to decorate two highchairs or make two birthday banners, but it will go a long way in helping you host a single party without sacrificing the individuality of your twins.

Invitations

Yes, you can buy some great invitations that will work just fine, but for very little work, you can create invites that will be appreciated by family and friends. After all, the only thing cuter than one baby is two babies. Twins are adorable, and with a camera and some simple software, you can design priceless invitations that are unique and memorable. If you are hosting a ballerina themed party, snap a picture of your little darlings dressed in pink tutus, or welcome guests to a tea party by creating a postcard featuring your daughters dressed in vintage clothing. Wrap your sons in superhero capes, or sit them in giant tool boxes. Surround them with their favorite toys, capture them kissing the family pet, or simply take a candid photo and dress it up with some fancy clipart. And, if you are concerned about the individuality or are working with contrasting themes, create a two-sided invitation, dress your twins in different colors, or design a scene where the prince is rescuing the princess or the Bob the Builder is making repairs on Dora's house. Whether or not you choose to have your invitations follow a theme, why purchase generic options when you can show off the stars of the show?

Popular Twin Party Themes

There are so many great birthday party ideas that work for twins. If you want something quick and easy, simply go with a pink or blue theme, or both if your twins are not the same gender. Babies love bright colors and you really don't need to spend a lot of time and money on fancy decorations when a few balloons and streamers will work just fine. For extra effect, make sure everything, from the food to the clothing to the tableware, fits your color scheme.

Host a Two Peas in a Pod party with simple decorations in various shades of green, mini cupcakes with green icing and happy faces, and polka dot accessories. Dress your babies in green, serve green jello cut into circles, or construct a large pod from cardboard so guests can use green foam balls to play a game of Toss the Pea in the Pod. You can even make great invitations by cutting half moon shapes out of green paper, using a lighter shade to make peas, and then inserting them into little slits on the pod. As an extra touch, attach photos of your twins faces to each pea.

Are your twins a boy and a girl? Why not have a Mickey and Minnie party? Send out mouse ear shaped invitations, decorate with red, yellow, and black streamers and balloons, hang pictures of Disney characters, and use face paint to transform your little guest into adorable mice. You can even have separate Mickey and Minnie stations with different activities in each, or give the girls bows for their mouse ear hats. Try a Raggedy Ann and Andy party or go for a contrasting theme such as pirate and princess or Beauty and the Beast.

Twin boys will love a superhero theme, especially if they each get to dress like their favorite hero. Or how about the popular Thomas the Tank Engine, allowing each child to choose a favorite engine? Little girls will look precious dressed for a ballerina theme party, or watch their eyes twinkle with delight as they enter their own magical fairy tale where they get to play the parts of Cinderella and Snow White.

Moms of twins know that the best first birthday party ideas are easy, uncomplicated, and can be prepared ahead of time. A camera, a few simple decorations, two cakes, and maybe some creative costumes are all that is needed to plan a spectacular, stress free party for your twins.

About Author:

Suzanne Daykin is an event manager and mum of two little ones who shares a variety of first birthday party ideas and tips. Celebrate your child's first birthday with help from www.1st-birthday-party-ideas.com

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