Unlike the one year old, the toddler knows what's going down when it comes to his or her birthday and can actually communicate excitement about the impending event. "My birthday? For me? On Saturday? For me?" said Katie Clark of San Francisco for the entire week prior to her Big Two Extravaganza. When the day finally arrived, a million toddlers helped Katie celebrate in style. (Then again, perhaps there were only a dozen of them, scurrying around in one big, blurry circle.) With some planning and a lot of flexibility, parents can find huge rewards in the inevitable chaos of a toddler's birthday party.
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The best way to identify a winning theme is to ask your toddler. Most toddlers have defined interests that can be incorporated into a birthday party. From trains to space travel, an opinionated toddler will inform you exactly what he or she wants.
No matter what theme you choose, keep the event simple and short. A toddler party should last no more than three hours, as the excitement can be wearing on a small child. And save complicated themes, such as circus, for a few years down the road. An in-your-face clown may frighten a toddler, who can't always differentiate between reality and imagination.
Still themeless? From invitations to appetizers, the bubble theme is a popular choice for the toddler set. All it takes is an unlimited, creative mastermind -- you! From bubbly punch to bubble art, all the babies will be talking about the Big Bubble Birthday Bash.