Nicholas and Ava at their 2nd birthday photo shoot
Choosing a theme
When I first started planning for Nicholas and Ava’s second birthday party, what I really wanted was to find a theme that celebrated each of their individual interests. I knew from the beginning that I had to incorporate airplanes because Nicholas loves airplanes more than I’ve ever seen anyone love anything. Ava never had one specific thing that she obsessed over like that but she does absolutely love drawing and painting, she could do it for hours. So I looked online at some themes but for twin boys and girls I didn’t see anything that really fit their interests. So eventually I decided on an Airplanes party combined with an Art party and after that it was just about finding little ways to incorporate both things. I ordered my invitation off of Etsy and customized it to say “Let your creativity ZOOM, Nicholas and Ava are turning 2!” This could also work for a 4 year old’s party by changing it to “Let your creativity SOAR, _ and _ are turning 4!”
The day of the party it was very windy outside so keeping the decorations up was a little difficult but it still turned out cute. I love the idea of displaying pictures as a decoration because everyone gets to see a little glimpse of the past year and all that has happened. I saw on Pinterest a little “time flies” banner with an airplane and pictures and I thought that was cute and to incorporate the Art theme I made a separate banner beside that one that said “When You’re Having FUN” and we displayed some of the babies artwork from the past year.
For the balloons we just ordered some Disney’s Airplanes balloons and then blew up some regular colorful ones. We had little airplane table dividers and I just used plastic buckets and crayons as the other dividers. To cut down on expenses with plates, napkins, and cups, we always just buy some of the themed stuff and then fill in what we need to with regular colorful stuff.
Nick made some easy DIY easels out of cardboard for the party. We got a roll of canvas paper on Amazon and a bunch of plastic paint palettes, paint brushes, and washable paint. The kids really had fun with this, it was inexpensive and everyone got a nice souvenir to take home with them. Prepare for a little messy ness but if it’s an outdoor party everyone can just wash up with the hose!
For the dessert at the party we did cupcakes instead of cake. It made it easier to do two different kinds, Nicholas had orange and blue cupcakes with printable airplane toppers (I forgot to take a picture of them 😦) and for Ava’s we did plain buttercream cupcakes and then let the kids decorate their own. We put different toppings like sprinkles, m&m’s, chocolate chips and more in the little paint palette sections and then put the cupcakes on top. We also made paint brushes out of rice krispy treats, white chocolate, and food coloring (PINTEREST again!).
I wanted to share this party theme because I know how difficult it can be to find birthday themes for twins and finding a theme for boy/girl twins can be that much harder. A birthday party should be a way for everyone to see who your little ones are becoming but it should also be fun for them, and that’s not always the easiest thing to do. Hopefully this is one more option out there for all you mommas who are racking your brains trying to find a birthday theme that can relate to both genders and all ages. Enjoy your little ones and have a good day!