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How to host a memorable playdate with some Disney Magic

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This post is sponsored by Disney as a part of the #DisneyKids Play Date campaign. All opinions are my own.

I love hosting playdates, so Miss Crankles and I decided to host a special Mommy and Me Disney Princess party for Mother’s Day a few weeks ago!

We started off by adding a bit of Mickey and Friends to our play space! We have a fantastic homeschool room that also houses quite a bit of our toys. It is right off our kitchen and made it so easy to have everything in one place!

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It would not be a princess party without princess costumes. As luck would have it, I had some extra princess dresses to share with our friends! I also cleaned out the craft bins to find some Melissa and Doug craft kits, some photo crafts from Michael’s, and some stamp sets from Target! We had a card making kit from HP, so we used that with our Mother’s Day craft!

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Next, I made sure I had some colorful finger food for the little ones. I was going to make cupcakes, but Miss Crankles wanted cookies, so I took my Disney themed cupcake liners and used them to put little treats that our small guests could easily grab!

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As our guests arrived, some of them dressed up in their finery!

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We had fun making crafts for moms!

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Someone was having fun pretending to be Cinderella!

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A few of the girls decided to have an impromptu tea party!

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Even their big sisters got in on the fun!

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The best part is that we all had fun! The girls had a magical time. I made sure to keep toys like play food, dolls, and blocks to inspire imaginative play. We kept the toys in the homeschool room, so it was fairly easy to clean up once the playdate was over. We made sure the snacks were easy and asked about food allergies before everyone arrived.

The most important thing to remember when hosting any playdate is to be relaxed and flexible. I love themed playdates because the focus is on certain toys or costumes. It is easy to get the kids engaged. At this age, organized playdates with lots of activities mostly falls flat. It is just too much for the little ones. I like to keep it simple to mostly playtime and sometimes an optional, yet simple craft because we moms should be able to have fun too (instead of finishing the crafts for our kids)! Keeping the food simple and in one place is nice because it means less mess. If you want your guests to eat food in only one area, just make sure you let them know when it is time to eat.

Most of all, have fun! Enjoy the magic of playtime and friends!

What are some tips that you could add to hosting a preschool aged playdate? Please feel free to add in the comments below!

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New Itty Bittys from Hallmark

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As everyone knows in my house, you are never too old for toys. So when this came in the mail, I did the only thing I could do after opening the package, I ran like a madwoman up to my room while batting my children away! My obsession with Wonder Woman goes way back to me being a little kid running around with Underroos on the outside of my clothes pretending to be her. I have matured slightly since then, but the kids still aren’t getting my Itty Bitty.

What are Itty Bittys? They are a new collectible plushie from Hallmark. There are all sorts of themes from Star Wars to Marvel and DC and even Disney Princesses. Itty Bittys retail for $6.95 at Hallmark and are so adorable that you will want to collect them all! They even have Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer ones out for the approaching holiday season!

Here are just some of the ones you can find:

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So if you know someone who likes superheros, Star Wars, or just likes to collect things, check out your local Hallmark store for the Itty Bittys.

Which one is your favorite?

*I was sent an Itty Bitty from Hallmark, but the opinions expressed are my own.