You don’t have to be a Pinterest Princess to host the “perfect” play date. All a play date really requires is moms and kids gathering together for some fun!
When it comes to hosting a play date, it’s important to stick to a few guidelines. First, keep it simple, and secondly, yep… have fun. That’s all!
Don’t make yourself crazy trying to figure out what to do, what to serve, or if you need to keep everyone constantly entertained. Follow these simple tips and everyone will be eagerly anticipating your next play date!
If themes are your thing, we have several ideas for you:
You can do as much or as little on the themes as you’d like. It doesn’t have to be over the top to be fun. And if you aren’t a big theme party person, that’s perfect, too! Remember… the point of a play date is to get moms and kids mingling outside of the house.
Provide some simple and tasty snacks, like bowls of halved grapes, apple pieces, whole grain crackers and maybe some cookies. Make sure to check with the other moms about any allergies that a child might have and try to accommodate them. Be sure to have snacks and beverages for the moms, as well. Coffee, tea, and water with fruit and bagels are always appreciated! Or consider having a pot luck. Encourage moms to bring something to share. Moms will be less likely to cancel at the last minute if they are responsible to bring a food item.
Agendas are always interesting with little ones. Sometimes… okay, MOST times… the only parts of the agenda that you can really stick to are the start and end times. Maybe that’s all you need. But if you decide to have stations and activities, let the moms know when everything will be happening and that it’s okay to deviate from the plan. Consider nap times in planning when your play date will begin and end. Plan for your play dates to be about two hours in length. Once you pass that two hour mark, kids start to get fussy and tired. End the party on a happy note!
Now that you have the how-to’s down, how about becoming a MomCo Mingle Hostess? Download our app (available in the Apple and Play stores), go to Play Dates, then click on “Create a New Play Date.” You can even invite your friends to join you right from the app.
It really is just that easy to throw the perfect play date without losing your mind!