I always see the cutest parties on Pinterest and wish I had more reasons to throw my own, so I was thinking, why don’t I throw a themed play date! It’s always fun to get together with my friends. My children are always asking if we can invite friends over, and any excuse seems like a great one for a party so… a play date seemed perfect.
There are so many fun options for these play dates. Plan a party every other month or once a quarter and invite your friends and neighbors. Take turns, with someone new hosting each time. Wouldn’t it even be fun for each friend to bring another friend with them? It’s always fun to meet new people, but a little hard when all our focus is on the cute little kids we are raising. So get out and enjoy some mommy time while the kids have a blast playing with their friends. I want to hear all about the themes and parties you come up with, so send me your photos and lets get something fun started!
I chose a wild animal theme and my kids loved getting ready for this party. We sent out text message invitations that we made on our computer, I wrote that my kids were the hosts of the party, they thought that was pretty special. They were so excited to send out the invitations and watch the replies come back.
Our table was covered in paper that the kids could color on. We set out cups of crayons, frames with animals and place cards with each child’s name. Each place setting also had an animal cookie favor and a coloring book to take home.
Since we were hosting, we provided the main dish, black forest ham sandwiches. Each friend brought a side dish and dessert to share. We had the sandwiches, fruit salad, green salad, chips and mint chocolate cookies. The kids not only loved it, they’re still talking about it!
On one wall we put some sticker wall decals of jungle animals and all the kids stood at our Photo Booth for a fun picture! Of course, the moms loved this most because, who doesn’t love pictures of their little darlings?
We tried to get a group shot, but this picture about sums up how they felt about more pictures, so we let them run off to the playroom while we caught up and talked. It’s always great to get together so don’t wait for an event, make your own!
You might be thinking… parties are just too expensive! WELL, this whole thing cost me $20! I got all the coloring books and wall decals for the photo booth and frames at the dollar store. We bought the sandwich ingredients and french bread and animal cookies at the grocery store and made everything at home. With all the friends bringing a side dish, it made this a cheap, stressless party. Get planning and tell me all about it!