Before I had a baby, the biggest party I ever had to plan was my wedding, and it was a huge undertaking. Not only did I have to figure out a way to split it between two countries, two cultures, and two separate coasts, I had to pretty much do it alone.
After having a baby, my planning consists of merely trying to host a successful play date. THIS, is much harder.
However, after a few trial and errors, ok – a lot of trial and errors, I found the best way to keep the kids happy and entertained, while steering them away from squabbling and fighting over toys, was to create little individualized arts and crafts kits.
I made these for today. We had invited our friends over for some afternoon coffee and cake, (aka: mimosas and mimosas) along with their daughter, one of Els’ favorite friends. I made a box for each of them. Inside were some:
Modeling Clay, pipe cleaners, crayons, play dough, gimp, foam hearts, cupcake card stock…
Stickers, Pom Poms, glue, googly eyes, assorted beads and some feathers.
I got the boxes from a burger joint near our home. They gave them to me for free. Perfect look and size! And I topped it off with felt initials secured with some velcro tape.
It was a success, I think! Minus a few ‘I want this one!’ comments from Els, even though it was the exact same as her own. But it kept them busy and entertained enough, and we (the adults) were able to eat and chat and have a great mimosa time.
I think these would work great for an art party as well, smaller boxes for play dates, and even one to keep in the car for restaurants or cranky boredom emergencies…