Having twins is twice the challenge of having a child. It means twice the room, twice the chores, and twice the fun. However, having two birthday parties at the same time year after year can stretch any imagination thin. We are going to give you some tips on how to give your kids an unforgettable birthday party. But, before we do that, let us give you some practical advice that you will fall back on year after year.
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Let’s face it. Your children may look like two peas in a pod, but very soon they show how individual each of them is. They are two entirely different people. Regardless of their gender, you may find yourself with two very different themes which seem impossible to tie together. The first thing you need to accept is there are no rules that say the themes have to match in any way. You can have a princess party and a Transformers party at the same time. You can divide the table right down the middle and you can decorate two halves of one room or two sections in the backyard or two different rooms. It is totally fine and lots of fun. The kids each have their special space and the guests feel like they got a double treat.
Make a budget and stick with it. You can go broke really quick if you do not design your parties with money in mind. If you are renting a bounce house, or a couple of hours at a water park for the party, divide the costs and take half of the expense from each budget. Here are some money-saving tips.
- Print DIY invitations instead of buying them
- Set up a birthday Facebook or other social media page for the event
- Limit the invitations to a manageable number
- 8-10 children for each twin is a reasonable number
- If you are buying two cakes, make them smaller cakes. You will have plenty of cake and it will cost you less.
- Go with a DIY Candy Buffet instead of cake. Fill jars with vending machine candy, and provide gift bags. The guests get all the sweets they want and it cost less.
- Pay attention to the time you have the party. If you are having a party at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, you will expect to have a house full of children who have not had lunch. Instead, have your party at 2:00 PM and you will not be expected to have a meal ready.
Think outside the box
There is no reason why your twins cannot have crazy fun parties that are non-traditional. Your child doesn’t have to be born in October in order to have a costume party.
- Put on a Teddy Bear Parade. Each child is asked to bring their favorite toy to dress up and then the children march (with supervision) around the block to music. You can get lots of odds and ends at the thrift stores to make costumes, drums, flags, and trinkets. Think feathers, sunglasses, flowers, scarves, and ribbons.
- Make a run to the garden section of a department store and buy supplies to let your guests decorate containers and plant herbs. They will have a lot of fun, it costs very little, and they have a cool plant to take home
- Arrange a tour of your local fire station. The stations often let small groups visit. The kids can see the firetrucks and learn a lot about the people who serve their community.
This can be a difficult part of the process. The fact is, it can be difficult for parents of young children to buy two birthday gifts. Some people will be put off by this and may make an excuse not to come to the party. There are a couple of ways to address this.
- Set a spending limit for the gifts. Let your guest know that their presence is more important than their presents.
- Do a gift registry. This allows you to help your children select reasonably priced items and it lets the gift giver off the hook for looking for a cool give in the $20 range.
- Have a no gifts party. If you have very young children, this will work beautifully. Have the party and allow them to open their gifts from you and their close family. The other kids will enjoy watching the action.
Have a flashlight scavenger hunt. This can be done in your yard or at a park. Get some volunteers to hide items in the park and let the kids find them.
Cover your fence with rolls of butcher paper or posters. Provide paint brushes and watercolors and let the kids paint a giant birthday card on the fence. Be sure to tell the parents to send the kids in clothes that can get dirty. At the end of the party, the twins can put sections of the card in their rooms.
Collect cardboard boxes and help the kids decorate them like cars. Line the “cars” up and give the kids popcorn, turn out the lights, and turn on a movie for their own Drive-in movie experience.
The whole point of having a birthday party is to celebrate the guests of honor. This goes for singles and twins. You know your child better than anyone. Go with things that will make each child feel special and in the spotlight. Use your imagination, and just have fun.