Toddler Birthday Bash

  • More bubble magician: All good magicians need an encore, but this one requires a few rehearsals. Inside the butter lid, put a smaller plastic lid. Blow a large bubble from the outside lid, being sure to use the wet straw. Carefully maneuver the straw into the solution in the smaller lid. Blow a second bubble inside the larger one.
  • Swimming bubbles: "Shelly," a ParentsPlace.com community member suggests filling a wading pool with bubble solution. Let the kids play with a number of different bubble tools. Or place a hula-hoop in the pool and have the birthday guest of honor stand in the center. Slowly lift the hoop up and everybody will enjoy seeing the birthday babe in a bubble!

Favors and Food

Favors for a bubble party might include -- what else? -- bubbles! Instead of buying the prepackaged stuff, have fun collecting interesting containers and fill them with a homemade bubble concoction. Your toddler can help decorate the labels. You will find many recipes for extraordinary bubble solutions right here at ParentsPlace.com. Also, fancy bubble wands, bubble toys, even Bubblicious chewing gum make great departing gifts for guests.

For easy appetizers, try some of these delectable treats:

  • Toasted ravioli: You can serve these with a tomato sauce. Buy frozen ravioli and dip into raw egg. Roll ravioli into bread crumbs or flour and fry. When done, pop them in a 350 degree oven until warm and bubbly.
  • Make your own cupcake: Give each child a cupcake and instruct them to create "bubbles." Toddlers are very visual, so provide them with heaping amounts of colorful icing and sprinkles. Place them all on a platter, marvel at the beauty, and then let them dig in. A piece of advice: Grownups, have your own cake!
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