This past Sunday, we decided to have our friends Al and Leila, along with their four kids over for a playdate and dinner. Yes, it was Thanksgiving weekend. Yes, it had been a busy weekend. Yes, it was a school night.
But prioritizing community is important to our family, particularly in these last weeks before the baby is born. And remember, I am all about the simple playdates these days! We kept it early (4-7) and had such a nice time.
We first met Leila when she lived above us in our old condo community. She married Al and they then got pregnant shortly before we got pregnant with Elias. They have four kids (ages 1-6) and we always have a blast together.
Disney and MomSelect sent me a fun party in a box, which was the perfect way to make the night even more special. To make things better, the Packers (my favorite team) was playing the Patriots (the Larsons’ favorite team), so we had a little rivalry going on too. (The Pack won!)
Elias and Adeline were SO excited about having our Disney Kids preschool playdate. It was a great reminder to me that you don’t have to get super elaborate to make things magical for kids. I think I got everything set-up within an hour and it all made for an extra special evening together with one of our favorite families!
Here are the things that I did to keep the playdate both fun and simple:
1. Have a theme: We did Mickey Mouse clubhouse theme thanks to the goodies sent by Disney Parks and Mom Select. The kids were tickled by the simple decor (paper products and a few streamers). You don’t need to go nuts to make things extra special for kids. It took very little effort to transform the dining room, but the reaction was priceless. Adeline kept saying, it’s beautiful!
2. Play simple games: We had a few simple games and activities, like bingo and coloring sheets, which were a fun way to bring the kids together. We played several rounds until everyone won, which leads me to my next point.
3. Have small prizes for everyone: Included in my party box were several fun prizes from Mega Bloks. Since there were just 6 kids, I dipped into my Target clearance stash to ensure that we had something for everyone. Everything was super inexpensive, but delighted the kids.
4. Keep the food simple: Everyone arrived at four, so we had simple, yummy Crunchmaster crackers (Cheezy Crisps and Grammy Crisps), which were a huge hit with the kids. Then for dinner, the adults had chili (perfect football food and made in the crock pot) and the kids did chicken nuggets and fruit. For dessert, some chocolate cupcakes with Mickey Mouse cupcake wrappers helped tie the theme in at the end of the meal.
I hope this encourages you to not be too busy for community. It is so important. And pick up a few little theme items if you plan to have kids over. It makes the get together extra fun. Check out Disney Side Celebrations for lots of easy, creative ideas.
Disclosure: I received free products, including a celebration kit, from Disney Parks and Mom Select in order to host the #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own.