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It can be rather stressful hosting people at your house, especially a bunch of kids. I like having playdates with friends, but the clean up can be utterly exhausting.
I wanted to host a playdate and I was excited when Disney Parks hooked me up with a Sofia The First suitcase from American Tourister. It was filled with playdate party supplies making sure the kids had an afternoon they would never forget.
You can watch my unboxing with the kids below.
After hosting my playdate, I came up with 10 easy tips to host a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate -South Florida Style.
1.Festive Decor You Can Pitch
Don’t get all crazy and try to coordinate different colored napkins and plates. You can pick up these adorable Mickey Mouse Clubhouse plates, cups and napkins. Then it’s an easy clean up for the kids to practice their clean-up skills.
Tip: I found little kids solo cups with lids and straws and put white dots on the front.
2. Not Your Home, Find Somewhere Else
It doesn’t always have to be at your house. What about a park, the beach or local kids hang out?
To keep my stress to a minimum, I hosted my playdate at the Boca Raton Children’s Museum in Boca Raton, FL. With a side building used for parties, story times, and other kids activities, I was able to have my friends and their kids come for a few hours to play and get Disney Inspired.
3. It Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated Food
Grab a bag of Pop Secret Popcorn. Drizzle some colorful candy melts on top. Toss in some peanuts, colored candies or pretzels. Look at you! You made some Mickey Mouse Popcorn Munch.
Pre-cut veggies are an easy snack. Cut up carrots, celery, cucumber and bell peppers. Place them in individual cups and serve with a side of ranch dressing. Daisy and Donald would be pleased.
Don’t forget fruit! Serve Goofy Grapes in a cup. Have your kids help pick them off the stems, so you get more in a cup. Don’t forget to wash those little hands with Soft Soap first.
Pluto’s Pretzel Sticks are a fun snack to eat. Melt the candy melts in the microwave by following the directions. Roll your pretzel rods tips in the melted candy and dry on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Hint: Stick the popcorn and pretzels in the fridge for drying.
4. Use Their Tables And Chairs
Whether it’s seating at the park, a bench or a tailgate, find a place that has some seating to contain the kids while they eat. The Boca Children’s Museum had 6 ft. tables available along with chairs. I had enough seating for everyone to sit and relax while enjoying their snacks. The noise went from a Level 5 to a Level 1. Shhhhh!
5. Make It And Take It
Some kids just love to color. I took apart a Mickey Mouse coloring book and scattered sheets all over the table with a cup of crayons. It was that easy!!
6. Go On An Adventure
Did you know there are Hidden Mickey’s all over the Disney Parks? My kids love trying to find them.
I placed Hidden Mickey’s all over the Boca Raton Children’s Museum. Each child received a Hidden Mickey card and a crayon to check off the ones they found. And the adventure began.
7. Jack’em Up On Cake
Why not serve a fun treat during the end of the playdate? Send them home with a sugar rush.
My one stress was baking something. I’m not really a great baker. I can even ruin a cake out of a box. I ordered this adorable Mickey and Minnie cake from All-Star Gourmet Cupcakery. The top layer was Funfetti (my daughter’s favorite) and the bottom layer was cookies and cream. The Minnie and Mickey were edible. I think there was a fight over who was going to eat the pink bow when we got home. The best part was they delivered it to the playdate.
8. Let Them Run and Climb
Just having some Free Time to play and be imaginative is so good for a little one. The Boca Raton Children’s Museum has an outdoor pirate ship, princess carriage and grassy area to play tag or just run in circles. The kids had fun pretending to be Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Carribean or drive the Disney Princess to the ball.
9. Someone Needs To Chill Out
Some kids can’t handle all the chaos and some kids need some down time during the playdate. Create a Quiet Time area. I brought the Sofia The First suitcase stuffed with the Finding Dory DVD, Dory Pillow Pets, and a blanket to help those kids who may need a moment to regroup or relax. I actually sat down for a moment!
10. Goodies For Later
Fill goodie bags with Dollar store items that may come in handy for your mom friends later. Everybody went home with a pack of HP Social Media Snapshots paper to create awesome 4×5 prints that have a re-sticking back. These packs of paper are perfect for printing your Instagram and Facebook memories and coming in a pack of 25 for $9.99. What a great way to make memories.
Thank you to all of the sponsors who made this playdate so special.
The Boca Raton Children’s Museum
The Boca Raton Children’s Museum has 3 buildings on the property which are The Singing Pines (circa 1913), The Cottage (built in 1935) and the newest building, the Rickard’s House built in 2011. The Rickard’s House I used for my playdate was inspired by one of the first homes built in Boca Raton in 1897. The grounds have attractions such as the Pirate Ship, The Carriage and Music Garden/Nature trail perfect for children to explore.
The Rickard’s House is available for meetings and events, baby and wedding showers, and many types of parties including birthday parties. To plan your event or party, contact Guest Services at (561) 368-6875.
All-Star Gourmet Cupcakery
All-Star Gourmet Cupcakery has gourmet cupcakes, custom cakes (which was donated to the playdate) and pastries are the freshest and most unique anywhere in South Florida at this cupcakery. Each gourmet cupcake, cake, cake pop, pastry, and cookie is lovingly handcrafted using only the finest ingredients. Not only do they have as extended its line to include homemade pastries, including “My Mother’s Rugelach” and macaroons, cream puffs, cannolis, eclairs, fresh parfaits, but they also make Gluten Free, Nut free, Vegan Free and Sugar-free.
All-Star Gourmet Cupcakery is located 555 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Call 561-395-1340 or 561-367-885
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