{The Twins Parties} 2 parties in 1 day – Part 1: My reasoning for 2 parties

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

A few weeks ago my twins (boy/girl) turned 9 and I we celebrated with throwing a birthday party for each of them on the one day.

When the kids were young we always had family over to celebrate their birthdays. However, we didn’t have a party with all their friends every year, as their birthdays are all within a fortnight, I don’t have the energy or money to throw 3 parties.  We started a few years ago alternating party years, eg. twins party this year and Miss 7 will have her party next year.

For all previous years the twins have celebrated their birthday by having a combined party.  This was acceptable, when they were young we usually just invited friends and family, while in kindy and early years at school they had the same friends so it made perfect sense.  But this year it was my choice to have a party for each of them, the twins didn’t ask for it, but were so thrilled at the suggestion. I could see that they now have different friendship groups and most importantly I really wanted them to have their own moment, their own birthday song just for them not shared.  As twins they do share so much, friends, teachers, first walked on the same day, loosing teeth on the same day, they have been exactly the same height and weight all these years.  So this was something very special for each of them.

I knew that planning 2 parties on one day was going to be hard task, but all the time and energy put into it was well and truly worth it.

Below I’ll take you through all the twins birthday years and in tomorrow’s post I’ll share how I began to prep for the parties.

Twins 1st Birthday

Nice outside BBQ with our closet family and friends

 Twins 2nd Birthday

We combined the twins 2nd birthday with our new bubs welcoming day party.  Ooh those faces are adorable.

We put up some tarps to extend the shade and celebrated with some drinks and sausages on the BBQ

 Twins 3rd Birthday

I had so much fun making these cakes, I found my inspiration from  The Australia Womens Weekly – Kids Party Cakes cookbook

This was meant to be a nice night out by the pool but it rained so we ended up inside celebrating with family and friends.

 Twins 4th Birthday

We had a quiet year at home for this birthday as the youngest had a party for her 2nd birthday

Twins 5th Birthday

This year I choose to make cupcakes (muffins) as the birthday cake as there were 2 other kids celebrating their birthdays as well on the same day, so we had a plate of muffins with candles for all the birthday kids.

We hired a jumping castle which the kids has a blast on.  

Twins 6th Birthday

Sadly these photos were accidentally deleted from the camera.  However, this year we went out to dinner with family, for dessert we had the twins birthday cakes.

Twins 7th Birthday

This was such a fun party.  My parents own acreage so we hosted the party at their house, we set up a water slide (using some plastic, tarps, hay and a lot of soap).   Birthday boy really wanted to do tractor rides, so we loaded the trailer with hay and my Dad drove them around the property, the kids loved this.  And we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a pony ride too.  We had nearly 40 kids in attendance, so to have it on acreage was PERFECT!

I purchased the cake images from a local speciality cake store and added them to a slab of cake I made, and piped around the image edges.  

Twins 8th Birthday

We went to brunch with family to celebrate their birthday

Twins 9th Birthday 

And this brings us to their 9th Birthday parties!!


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Alyce {Blossom Heart} February 28, 2012 - 2:02 PM

Aw, what a cute pair of kidlets you have!

Belinda February 28, 2012 - 2:02 PM

Gorgeous cakes!! They look so yummy. Do you always make their cakes or have you bought them in the past?

Lil_miss_kymmy February 28, 2012 - 2:03 PM

wow thankyou for sharing your twins parties with us this isa great help for me as i have 9 week old twins (2 boys) and its great here your ideas
thankyou kym

Jos Gibbons on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 2:03 PM

I think its a great idea having a birthday party for each, my friends twins decided to go to different high schools so they could be their own person and have a sister instead of being ‘the twins’, look forward to the next installment

Gloria Turner on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 2:05 PM

I think your awesome and wished more people thought like you… Even though they are twins they are different people and it is awesome they can celebrate their special day with their special friends… Great work! Twins individuality needs to be celebrated more

Tara Canning on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 2:11 PM

I don’t have twins, but my 2 are born on the 19th and 20th of March. They’re turning 2 and 4 this year. 🙂 I know there will be a day I will need to do seperate parties, but I’m having a lot of fun planning 1 party for the both of them. Last year it was a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme and this year we’re doing Pirates and Mermaids! I’m looking forward to part 2 tomorrow to get some tips. 🙂

Jodie Schonefeld on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 2:23 PM

Wow they look so much alike! I have twins (girl/boy) turning 2 this year. I am very conscious of as they grow older that we don’t always treat them as ‘twins’ as they will grow to have their own personalities!

Renae Hall on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 2:27 PM

as mum of 2 sets of twins aged 4 (B/G) & 1 (B/B) i am liking these tips 🙂

Rachel Adams February 28, 2012 - 2:33 PM

ive got identical girls that turn 4 in october,always had a party together and they only have one cake between them.be god for some ideas and tips.Maybe when they get older and in school i may have to have 2 parties.

Bethany Green on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 2:34 PM

Perfect post for me too, although I do not have twins, my 2 kids share the same birthday! I know what are the odds of that other than twins right! I have been telling everyone my kids will have seperate parties, and they think I am nuts! But they should get to celebrate their day the way they would like! I habe thought bout doing the 2 parties on one day thing, so can not wait to read the next part of the post!

Kate Liker on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 2:35 PM

I love celebrating that my girls are twins but I also love the way you’ve acknowledge your twins as unique little human beings! Thanks for sharing!!

Gabby Fleming on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 2:55 PM

My sister in law has twins (b/g) that are born on different days! But I think it’s more us that would want the parties on the same day- they’re the 27 & 28 dec so after the Xmas festivities we would rather it on the one day.

Sam Surplice on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 3:05 PM

i <3 you – our ID girls have together but apart parties atm – next year i'm starting separate parties (they will be 6 this year) – they have their own friends, own cake, each sung happy birthday – they might share a birthday but they are INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE (a pet peeve of mine as my girls are ID) – we have done this from the very beginning and has helped them develop their own identity i am sure – we also have nbr 3 born 3 days before them (2 years after them) so looking forward to the years to come when ppl ask if we will be coming the big two's 18th with her 16th – yeah nope not likely LOL.

Claire @ Claire K Creations February 28, 2012 - 3:27 PM

I love the Women’s Weekly cakes in there. So pretty! What a wonderwoman you are throwing two parties on the same day!

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 10:36 AM

Not a wonderwomen, just happy to know it’s only 1 day every 2 years!! LOL. I love the AWW birthday books too,

Amber Kelly on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 4:45 PM

I just want to say thanks for sharing those lovely photos of your children’s birthdays. I know a lot of people follow your blogs and take inspiration from you (me included) and its just really nice that you can be so personal with all us strangers out here in cyber space. Makes us feel like we know you in person 🙂 keep up the great work!!

Helen Annandale-James on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 4:52 PM

I look forward to part two…

Liana Giblett on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 5:25 PM

i think its a great idea. crazy, but worth it. they will love that you are treating them as individuals. cant wait to read part 2!!

Karen Fell on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 5:27 PM

My daughter (4) and I have the same birthday. I find I’m too exhausted after planning and doing her party to even bother having a cake!

Naomi Collins on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 5:49 PM

Fantastic! My husband is a twin and hated having to share everything with his brother as people couldn’t be bothered to even give two small gifts instead of one large one to share

Sam Surplice on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 5:58 PM

that’s a personal peeve of mine naomi – i don’t care if they get presents or not, all i ask is they have individual birthday cards – not even expensive ones – handmade or cheap shop works for me – it just shows you have thought of them as two people, not one single entity

jstar8 February 28, 2012 - 6:45 PM

What beautiful kids! I’ve never seen girl / boy twins look so alike!! Fabulous cakes, thanks for sharing!

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 10:35 AM

They do look alike, their eyes are so similar.

Kym Hunter on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 6:50 PM

Ooh I can’t wait. I have been stalking you for these parties I’ll be back tomorrow.

Kyles February 28, 2012 - 6:59 PM

I am a twin and earlier this year I decided that I am going to have my own solo birthday party this year, as I have NEVER had my own party. I will be turning 35. It made me really happy to read that you want your children to have their own special moment. Being a twin is an amazing experience and my twin sister is my best friend, but sometimes you need your own Happy Birthday song.

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 9:50 AM

As much as every year I want to sing a seperate song for each other people don’t realise and sing happy birthday …. and …. . the kids at such a young age don’t see the fault of it, but I do, they are 2 people that deserve their individuality.

Sheena Panzarino on Facebook February 28, 2012 - 7:14 PM

My oldest two girls are one the 16 and 18th of march( they are turning 19&18) and all but one year has been separate celebrations,my third daughter is on April 7th so that one year we had a big party for all three

Lauradb February 28, 2012 - 8:03 PM

I have twin girls and they have always shared a party and a cake but weve always just had the family over and a few of my friends with children their age. They are now 5 and in separate classes at school so for their 6th birthday i would like them to have their own party with their own cake and everything. Thanks for sharing your twins special day and your ideas 🙂

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 9:49 AM

Happy to share the ideas 🙂

Star Concepts February 28, 2012 - 8:03 PM

Such a wonderful idea Kat, they are just gorgeous and look so happy. They are truly lucky to have such a fantastic mother like you.

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 9:48 AM

Thanks Liv.

Mumma44 February 28, 2012 - 9:26 PM

I have been thinking of 2 parties for my soon to be 10yr old B/G twins. My 6 yr old girl twins want a party this year and are already talking cakes. I have always done two cakes as they both have different taste in colour and flavour.

I wait to see how your 2 parties in one day goes before putting the idea to Hubby 🙂

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 9:48 AM

If you have the energy give it a go, the look on my Mr 9’s face when his friends sung him Happy Birthday brought tears to my eyes, that song was all for HIM.

3 0f 3 February 28, 2012 - 10:38 PM

Such a beautiful idea im only coming up our first birthday for twin girls but i will keep your idea in mind as they are two different people but i may do them a day or week apart

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 9:47 AM

I considered a week apart too, but was happy to get it all over and done with, I think having them on the same day was less effort than on different days. Enjoy all the moments with your twins!!

Sarah Fitzgerald February 28, 2012 - 11:37 PM

You are such an inspiration. I have my beautiful boy’s 2nd birthday in 2weeks! I would like a Thomas the Tank Theme and do Thomas cupcakes.We are going to A Day With Thomas and I don’t won’t to cart around too much food.Suggestions please for nice healthy picnic food.:)

Katrina February 29, 2012 - 9:46 AM

Great picnic food would be egg sandwiches, quiches, wraps filled with ham and salad, fruit sticks (cubed fruit on kebab sticks), You could do jelly cups to match thomas colours. There are so many possibilities

Tammy September 20, 2012 - 10:52 PM

ooh, love the ladybird cake.
And congratulations on your decision. I also am a twin (identical) and don’t think I had more than 1 individual party while at home (including a very small, family only 21st as my sister was newly married months earlier and my wedding 13 months off). That individual party was because I was on a foreign exchange at the time!
Admittedly, we did mostly share friendship groups, but there were some differences.
Now, with a milestone birthday due next year, we have already been trying to work out if/when/how to organise a party/parties/event, more tricky because unfortunately we have had some relational difficulties over the last few years.
Individuality in twinship is to be encouraged, but nurture the twin relationship too.

Myangels3 October 29, 2013 - 11:30 AM

I have 7yr old twin girls and we have always done one party, two cakes, for the same reasons as you. For their birthday this year they wanted separate parties, but at the same place, with the same friends! We ended up doing a combined one, but I think from now on they will have a party each.
Can’t wait to hear how yours went.


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