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Themed Playdates!

At the beginning of summer we hosted a themed playdate for our little one and her friends. There are so many funny ideas to transform an ordinary playdate into a fun activity-filled get together.

First pick a theme. We decided on a lemonade stand playdate since it was beginning to get hot here in Southern California, and Lauren and I could make the lemonade together for her and her friends. And, of course, she has been loving the Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink book lately.

Next, decide on a location. We chose to host ours at the local park—really helps with low clean up!

Pick a few items from home to use for decorations. I brought a table and chair from home and painted this cute little sign the week before. The sign will now hang in Lauren’s room.

You do not need many sweets and treats. I always do a little treat table. I can’t help it! But for this one, I just used some baked goods from the grocery store and decorated with some printables and edible fondant pieces to add a little something special.

Lastly, I love to give the kids a little something to take home. I had these striped bags left over from another party and filled them with some fun little surprises from the Dollar Store. Kids love leaving with something just for them, and mine can never wait to get home to look inside!

Here is a list of some fun playdate themes for your next get together:

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Make cardboard cars and trains. Teach the kids how to make paper airplanes.

My Little Teapot: Think tea party but set up a little picnic at a park with teapots, cups and saucers and treats in little baskets.

Dino-Might: Create large dinosaur cutouts with cardboard, and let the kids paint them. Set up a large “dig” area, and hide dino bones for them to excavate.

Guess-Who? (Dr Seuss theme): Use primary colors. Use ping pong balls for the kids to try to “pop into” small fish bowls. Set up a painting station—use leaves, cotton balls, etc. as tools to paint with. This will stretch the imaginations of those little thinkers!

Vendor Credits: Styling/Party Printable Decorations: A Blissful Nest, Photography: Nicole Benitez Photography, Fondant lemons on Cake/Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details, Cake Pops: KCreative, Striped Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu, Colored Mason Jars: Camlie Inc., Poms: The Flair Exchange, Girl’s Skirt: Sweet Threads Clothing Co., Girl’s Necklace: The Sweet Crush, Girl’s Headband: Birdie Baby Boutique


Thursday 2nd of August 2012

Cool idea. I just wish I am not too lazy when it comes to party planning. Because when it comes to planning my children's birthday parties, I am such a procrastinator.

Frauline Melfi

Sunday 22nd of July 2012

You are somewhat right. Play dates like this one takes some amount of effort to plan and execute. But it would be nice to do this every once in a while.

Florence Amber

Saturday 21st of July 2012

Well, if I have nothing else to do and if I have a lot of extra cash lying around, planning play dates like this would be a great idea.


Saturday 21st of July 2012

A themed playdate is a fun idea! That should get the moms excited, too.