One thing that becomes clear very quickly in the party world is that there are a lot of party planning twin mommas! As a mom of twins myself, I have seven double birthdays under my belt and we’re busy planning the 8th party right now.
So I reached out to some other moms of multiples to see how they handle their children’s birthdays. It was really interesting to see what we do the same and how we handle things differently.
One thing we have in common is creating one blowout party. When my girls were four, one wanted a Wizard of Oz party and the other wanted a Little Mermaid party. Grace helpfully offered, “We could just do my party one weekend and Meg’s party the next weekend.” Hmm, no. I pitched a dress up party so they could each wear the costume they wanted and everybody was happy.
But the combined party is a bigger challenge when you have boy-girl twins.
Jenny of Bloom Designs created a pirates and mermaids party for her children’s fifth birthday. Here’s what I love about this party.
- Jenny created her own printables in pink polka dots and blue stripes. (You can really see the effect in her water bottle labels.) One set of printables that works for both birthday honorees = brilliant.
- Activities … you know I think a party is about so much more than great decorations and desserts. Jenny says, “We made mermaid necklaces out of “pearls,” wrote messages in a bottle and decorated treasure boxes. On the pirate cove side of the party, there was sword fighting, walking the plank and digging for buried treasure. Everyone participated in a treasure hunt where they earned mermaid money or pirate’s treasure. These type of hunts are one of my favorite party activities. They work for every age.”
See more of Jenny’s party here.
From HWTM, this first birthday for boy-girl twins takes a gender neutral approach that I really like. Mom Jennifer dreamed up the pinwheel theme with a coral, blue and line color palette.
Touches I love:
- Pinwheel cookies on a stick.
- Smash cakes with fondant pinwheels.
- It’s just the right amount of party for children who won’t remember the event and don’t require activities.
Kate Landers styles parties like no one else. She created first and second birthday parties for boy-girl twins, James and Olivia. You can see photos from their birthdays here, along with Kate’s tips for twin parties.
The Little Nook in Atlanta styled this country farm birthday for boy/girl twins. I love the red gingham with burlap and haystacks. The children got to enjoy a petting zoo, but you could also adapt this style for a cowboy/cowgirl party.
Let’s Have a Ball Parties created this boy/girl twin party with loads of Thing 1 and Thing 2 flair. Gotta love Dr. Seuss — especially for a first birthday. The spiky tissue pom balls look just like the Things’ hair!
Here are some other boy-girl twin birthday party theme ideas:
- Two Peas in a Pod
- Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss
- Abby and Elmo from Sesame Street
- Micky and Minnie Mouse
- Max and Ruby
- Milk and Cookies
- Tinkerbell and Peter Pan
- Cowgirl and Cowboy
- Double Bubble
- I guess I have to say Dora and Diego but I can’t stand the shouting children who run all over the place without parents … but maybe that’s just me
- Princess and Frog
- Princess and Knight
- Princess and Pirate
- Cake and Ice Cream
- Gnomes and Fairies
- Garden party (ladybugs and worms)
- Raggedy Ann and Andy
- Noah’s Ark (because the animals went two by two)