Holiday Playdate Ideas
I collaborated with my friend Amy, who is one half of The Cake Exchange to bring you tips on hosting a Pinterest worthy holiday play date. I love the idea of themed play dates because it gives you a focus when you’re planning. For more hosting ideas you can check out this post and this one post
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. Amy incorporated festive decor with her favors. Like these reindeer and santa head bands that everyone was given as they waked in. As well as these elf and Santa Pez dispensers, and holiday themed M&Ms, which were given as favors as we left. 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.
Amy’s charcuterie display was definitely Pinterest worthy! This is a great and functional way to incorporate decor and a conversation piece. 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.
Another way to keep things festive and practical is infused waters and juice. Amy added cranberries and mint lives to drink dispensers of water and lemonade. She also likes to feature a cocktail inline with her theme. Hey, the moms needed their own special drink! She made a holiday sangria and cranberry Moscow mule.
Going with the holiday theme, Amy had a dessert table and hot chocolate bar. I love the idea of setting things out for your guest to help themselves, which makes your job as a hostess so much easier. Her hot chocolate bar included these adorable chocolate spoons that can be found at Trade Joe’s, Target, and Home Goods. 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.
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. 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.
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!