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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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Disney Side Mickey Mouse Playdate!

*I received products from Mom Select and Disney Side to host this party, but all opinions are my own.

With winter being particularly awful this year, we haven’t gotten to see our friends that much, so what better way to get everyone together than with a Disney party! We asked our friends to come showing their Disney Side through costumes or accessories, and we prepared our house for a day of fun!

disneyside boxWe had a ton of decorations, tableware, games, and other fun stuff to get our party started! I am a huge Mickey fan, so we decided to go with a Mickey Mouse theme! Plus, Sweet Pea recently discovered Mickey Mouse Club House, so she was so excited to see Mickey around the house. In fact, I kept the decorations up after the party just for her!

disneyside decorationsI tend to hold onto all my decorating supplies, which comes in handy for future parties. I took some red fabric that I used for decorating at Christmas and used it to make a bunting for our treats stand. My awesome friend from Layla Ann Boutique made some funtastic streamers for the occasion as well! We went with a red,yellow,black, and white color scheme.

disneyside foodTo get into the Disney spirit, I put out some fun treats and used place cards to give them fun names like Queen of Hearts Heart Cookies, Minnie’s Pink Lemonade, and Daisy’s Sweet Treats. I try to provide a mix of sweets and healthy treats so that the kids don’t get sugar overload.The kids got a kick out of the silly names for the food too!disneyside funFor games, we played Disney Bingo, Disney Trivia, and some card games. We also did some activity sheets, and the kids got to make some terrific scratch art crafts from Bear Haven Boutique! The kids all got to take home some goodies too, like photo paper from HP to use for photos from their playdate or for crafts, nail polish, pencils, and candy!

The kids all had a terrific time, and some of our guests stayed and played the entire day! We loved showing off our Disney Side with our friends, and I hope that if you are planning a Disney themed party, that this has given you a few ideas for your next party!

For more Mickey Mouse party ideas, be sure to check out my board on Pinterest!

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*I received products from Mom Select and Disney Side to host this party, but all opinions are my own.