This week is my week to host the playdate for my littles, their friends and the other moms. Normally, I follow the typical playdate protocol — refreshments (with kid and adult approved beverages) with a themed game or fun free-play while the other moms and I socialize. Easy, right?
Well, I was feeling the St. Patrick’s Day spirit this week so I decided to theme the whole playdate from start to finish with treats, activities and crafts related to the holiday!
If it’s your week for a playdate, or even if you just want to plan some fun activities for your family, here are a few tips for planning the perfect St. Pat’s playdate. Be sure to check out my Pinterest board for other ideas too.
A mandatory step one because you’re going to need to make sure the other moms are on board with the idea and can help referee the activities.
They also need to know that this isn’t going to be a “typical” playdate…but it’ll be worth it when the little leprechauns go marching home with their pots o’ gold and there can/will be adult beverages available.
Remind guests to wear green
It seems like a no brainer but, let’s face it, mommy brain is a real thing and sometimes us moms just can’t quite remember what day (or month) it is. It’s ok. No judgement here.
You may even want to pick up a few extra graphic tees for those kiddos that forget their green. They can always be used as prizes for the games!
Party and Parting Gifts
Pick up a few leprechaun hats from your local convenience store to give the littles as they arrive and plan for a parting gift of goodies while you’re at it. These adorable pots o gold are inexpensive and so easy to make ahead of time.
Admittedly, I MAY have gone overboard for my playdate but there are so many cute ideas. I just couldn’t help myself. A quick list of our menu includes shamrock punch, green chocolate dipped shamrock pretzels and irish potato bites.
Most playdates usually have a range of children (and their siblings) so make sure that your activities are age-appropriate and that you have something for everyone. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.
- Marshmallow shamrock stamping: Jumbo marshmallows work best and the kids can snack while they paint. Yum!
#TangerMomTip: wine corks work great for the moms who want to sip and participate! (You’re welcome.)
- St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt: Gather some fun facts about the history of the holiday for older children and a “find the colors of the rainbow” theme for smaller playmates.
- Find the shamrocks: Pick up some of the various sized shamrocks from the convenience store when you get the leprechaun hats and hide them around the house or yard like you would for an Easter egg hunt.
If you want to add a little extra competition to the game, assign points to them by size and tally them for each child at the end to see who has the most points…not only the most shamrocks. This is a great way to give smaller kids an advantage while still playing with their older siblings.
May the luck o’ the Irish be with you as you’re planning your playdates. Your reward will be in your mailbox soon in the form of your TangerStyle Spring coupons so eyes on the prize, mommas! 😉