This post is sponsored by Disney for the #DisneyKids playdate and Festival Foods. This post contains affiliate links. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.
Hosting a playdate can get stressful with planning meals, snacks, desserts, party favors and activities. I have a little secret: it’s possible to host an easy, no-stress Disney preschooler playdate. We had a stressful month. There were changes in therapy teams, an IEP meeting, school registration, appointments, a stack of paperwork for Jo…it was a lot. Doesn’t it seem like life comes in waves? This past month has been quite a wave. An easy, no-stress playdate was the perfect solution for us. Here’s how you can host your own:
Plan simple activities
Preschoolers just want to play, y’all. They don’t need to be impressed with elaborate games or a schedule of events. We set out coloring books, decorated party hats to create sorcerer Mickey hats, and provided hidden Mickeys to discover.
Utilize outdoor space
You don’t need to clean up after your little guests when they party outside! We had bags available for the adults while the kids played on the swings, slides and ran around the yard. It’s a great way to burn that energy after cake. Speaking of cake…
Order a cake
Make life easy on yourself and order a cake from the Festival Foods bakery. I paged through a huge book of cake options in the bakery department and selected this perfect Mickey Mouse and Pluto cake! I placed our order 48 hours before the party and we picked up our fresh, adorable and delicious cake the morning of our playdate.
Cater the meal
You can make this as easy as you’d like. We went the simplest route and purchased take and bake pizzas that were enjoyed by kids and adults alike! The best part was it couldn’t have been more easy for me. There weren’t even any dishes to clean!
Provide options for grazing
Two pounds of carrots vanished within an hour! Our playdate guests enjoyed cut-up veggies and fruit to snack on throughout the day.
Decorate your space
Spiral decorations adorned the living room ceiling, cupcake wrappers found a festive new use on a string of lights, and the table was decked out in all things Mickey Mouse. Our preschoolers had a blast being transported to their own little Disney paradise.
Our kids had an amazing time playing and they had no idea that we put together this playdate with minimal stress or time in the kitchen. Another plus for the no-stress playdate? We had more time to enjoy our guests and our kids that day! What are your tips for planning a no-stress event?