Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

Holiday-playdate-ideas-menu-and-activities was first published on December 11, 2018.

I collaborated with my friend Amy, who is one half of  The Cake Exchange to bring you holiday playdate Ideas: menu and activities for a Pinterest worthy holiday play date moms and kids will enjoy.

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Christmas playdate ideas 

I love the idea of themed play dates because it gives you a focus when you’re planning. For easy planning grab this menu planner that includes a shopping list.

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Holiday Playdate Decorations

When doing a themed party it’s easy to go crazy with the decor and be tempted to want to pick-up every cute holiday related item because they are every where this time of year.

However, keeping it simple is probably the best way to go. If your home is already decorated for the holiday then there is no need to really decorate.

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

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Holiday Playdate Favors

Amy incorporated festive décor with her favors. Like reindeer and Santa head bands that everyone was given as they waked in.

As well, as elf and Santa Pez dispensers, and holiday themed M&Ms, which were given as favors as we left.

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

My go to spot when planning a party, as I’ve mentioned here and here is the Dollar Tree. After that I’ll check the Target dollar section, and home goods.

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How do you have a good playdate?

The key to any good holiday playdate is a great menu your guest will enjoy and a fun activities to keep the kids entertained.

grazing board

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What food do you serve at a holiday playdate?

Amy’s charcuterie display was definitely Pinterest worthy!  This is a great and functional way to incorporate holiday décor and a conversation piece.

grazing board

It also gives your guest the opportunity to graze as they chat. Her grazing table featured fresh and dried fruits, nuts, dips, cheeses, mini sandwiches, and an array of breads and crackers. So yummy. The mini sandwiches and fruit were perfect for little hands too.

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grazing board

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What drinks to serve at a holiday playdate

Another way to keep things festive is infused waters and juice. Amy added cranberries and mint lives to drink dispensers of water and lemonade.

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

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Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

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She also likes to feature a cocktail that goes with her theme. Hey, the moms needed their own special drink!

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holiday cocktail guide

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She made a holiday sangria and cranberry Moscow mule. For more holiday drink recipes check out this holiday cocktail guide.

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

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Dessert Ideas for your holiday playdate

Going with the holiday theme, Amy had a dessert table and hot chocolate bar.

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Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

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I love the idea of setting things out for your guest to help themselves, which makes your job as a hostess so much easier.

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

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Her hot chocolate bar included these adorable chocolate spoons that can be found at Trade Joe’s, Target, and Home Goods. 

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

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She set up an electric kettle with hot water, and toppings for guest to make their own yummy concoctions. Her donut wall was also huge hit.

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

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What are fun things to do at a holiday playdate?

During play dates, most of the kids just want to, well play. However, it’s a good idea to have a least one activity or craft for the kids to do, just in case there are some kids that would rather hang with the adults.

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

Amy had a table set-up for an easy snowman craft. She also had an activity for the moms. We decorated cake pops.

This was fun and another creative way to incorporate the theme into an activity. The cake pops were a cake pop decorating kit from Big Top Cake Pops.

Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

The holidays are the perfect excuse to throw a fun gathering and connect with those we don’t see often. I hope these tips inspired you for your next holiday celebration!

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Holiday Playdate Ideas: menu and activities

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