6 Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Play Date for Under $10
I try to celebrate the every day in style. Even when it comes to hosting play dates, I like to elevate the experience by offering something a little more memorable than your average mommy and me meetup. Here’s how I hosted a pajamas and pancake play date at my home for less than $10. Hopefully, this will give you some inspiration for your next children’s gathering.
1). Find a fun theme. Themes get people brainstorming and anticipating the excitement that lies ahead. And for a play date, they immediately make meetups special. I had never held a breakfast play date before so I set this one up with a pajamas and pancake theme. (invite from Paperless Post)
2). Use what you have. There’s no reason to spend a lot. Search around the house and find items that may inspire you. I noticed for instance that Juliet had amassed a bunch of Play doh gifts so I hosted a Play doh themed playdate – same with Hello Kitty. Click on those earlier blog posts for more ideas!
This time around I was determined to use my leftover 2nd birthday decor.
I figured these plastic animal figurines that I bought wholesale and decorated for Juliet’s party animal themed birthday could easily turn into a fun ‘wild for you’ Valentine’s decoration. I just cut out letters freehand from scrapbook paper that I already had. And even used coordinating tissues (yes as in travel-sized Kleenex) found at Target for $1 to make the ‘YOU’ cutout letters.
The animal figurine display set the backdrop for the pajamas and pancake play date nicely.
To continue the animal decor, I sat furry stuffed animals on each chair which helped welcome our sweet little guests, strung animal Valentine’s cards that I found for $1 at Target into a banner, and laid down a twin sized duvet cover that was a pink zebra print for the table linen. (Think out of the box!) And the melon rectangles that awaited the kids were stamped with bunny bento cutters that I already owned.
3). Encourage pancake decorating! It’s not often you’re encouraged to play with your food but it sure is fun! Our pancake decorating station included: sprinkles in 6 colors, mini chocolate chips, blueberries, rasberries, whipped cream and syrup.
And I made the pancakes PINK to coordinate with the decor and add some Valentine’s fun. Too cute!
To add to the menu, I made heart shaped omeletes (with mushroom, red pepper and cheese) as well as offering muffins and organic granola bars to the mix for variety.
4). Elevate your play date style. Kids meals, parties and play dates don’t have to mean primary colors and character paper plates. For this get together, simple white paper plates were placed onto beautiful chargers. Coordinating paper napkins were folded with kids silverware, and adult cake plates and platters added contrasting height to the arrangements.
5). Prepare toys within theme. For this Wild For You Pajama and pancake play date, I made sure to bring out furry stuffed animals, animal puzzles, animal games and toys.
Of course, sometimes the kids will find other toys just as fascinating and that’s ok.
6). Don’t forget the fashion. Consider how you can incorporate the theme with fashion! And don’t hesitate to get kitschy or a little wild. It’s play time and whimsy should be encouraged! For instance, at Juliet’s party animal themed 2nd birthday, we asked everyone to dress in their ‘wildest’ fashions which turned guests of all ages up in bunny ears, animal prints and darling animal heads all over their clothes. For this animal themed play date though, I actually styled the kids (meaning I bought and returned for the photo shoot) coordinating animal printed pajamas.
And I accessorized with furry hats that we already owned. You can buy similar hats here. Use my promo code 012BC82D8 for a FREE HAT (just pay s&h). They have tons of cute styles for infants, toddlers and even adults!
What do you think?
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