The winter is over and spring is in the air—yay! It’s the perfect excuse to have a playdate, for kids AND parents!
- If you have kids, you probably already have kid-friendly foods in your pantry; you don’t have to go for gourmet, just fun!
- Try to have balanced snacks, such as a protein; fruit or veggies; some kind of carb; and some kind of dairy, such as milk or cheese
- Kids love finger foods, such as Chicken Waffle BLTs…bacon-wrapped chicken nuggets with lettuce and tomato on a mini waffle
- Find out in advance whether there are any food allergies
- If you’re having the parents over as well, think about fresh, seasonal, easy fare
Try to plan some activities to keep those kiddies occupied, and if the weather is nice, take it outside!
- For smaller kids, have a tea party
- How about a friendly game of tag?
- Garden planting
- Give the kids plastic cups, some soil and seeds, and let them plant their own spring garden—it’s a great take-home favor, and they get to watch their garden grow
- Turn on the music and let them wiggle away...try the bunny hop!
- A little glue, string and some fun pasta shapes make for a good time and a fun take-home playdate favor
- Edible decorating: have fun with prefilled icing tubes and some cupcakes or cookies to decorate like spring flowers
When it’s Time to Go Home
Little kids are good for about an hour, and bigger ones can last two, but more than that can become a burden. Here’s how to wind down your playdate.
- Let the kids know 15 minutes before the playdate is over that it soon will be time to go home, then start the countdown to 10 minutes and then 5 minutes
- Have the children help in the cleanup
- Have the kids see how many toys they can put away
- See how fast the kids can clean up