Even for something as simple as a play date get together, I like to incorporate a theme and sometimes ask guests to dress in theme. For my holiday play date, I hosted a plaid party and asked everyone to dress in plaid for pictures under the Christmas tree. My friend and I love a theme and a styling challenge!
Here’s my modern, minimalist take on the Christmas tree, perfect for my NYC apartment.
It doesn’t take up any room, I can still place presents or a food and beverage display under it, and after the holidays, I can put it away without taking up any coveted storage space. For snacks, I had animal crackers, a ‘little fingers fruit salad’ made with holiday themed colored fruits as well as golden wrapped chocolates, gingerbread round cookies, and white chocolate pocky stick treats.
The dining table where us moms gathered to share parenting notes and holiday updates, featured a rice salad, hummus and chips as well as a festive gingerbread decorating station. Guests were also served hot apple cider or hot chocolate with choice of fun toppings.
What really made the play date fun though was that Bright Starts toys were awaiting them under another Christmas tree! These colorful, interactive toys are such a hit amongst youngsters and being that they’re truly educational, they’re popular amongst parents too!
The toys were suggested for kids 6months – 3years which was the perfect age range for our play group.
You’d be surprised at how even the simplest of the packages, the “bunch of balls” 16 ball set captured their fancy. (MRSP: $7.99) As a toddler, you can roll them, throw them, catch them, try to juggle them, balance them and share them. Plus they’re compatible with all the Bright Starts Having a Ball toys like the Spin & Giggle Puppy or Having a ball jungle fun ball climber which are my personal favorites. The whirling wobble bobble fun is absolutely mezmerizing. Check it out in this video montage below!
As you can see, we had a ball! How do you like to host your play dates? And what are your fun holiday play date ideas? Please share!
Disclosure: I received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Spin & Giggle puppy (purchase here)
Learn & Giggle fish (purchase here)
Learn & Giggle activity station (purchase here)
Giggables (purchase here)
Bunch of Balls (purchase here)