Disclaimer: Our friends at Disney presented us with an amazing array of party supplies and products in order to help put together this #DisneyKids preschool playdate. All opinions are 100% my own.
“What if nobody comes to my Disney party?” my 5 yr old son lamented to me. We invited his whole class but we didn’t receive any RSVPs yet. This is Texas and people RSVP late or change their minds as quick as the weather changes. I told him not to worry. In invited the Dallas-Fort Worth Single Parent’s Society for parents of 3 to 6 year olds. We have over 200 families in our group and a few people had RSVPd that they were coming. As a single parent juggling kid’s schedules, my full time job and my blogging activities it makes it hard to meet other parents and their kids socially or for parties. Steve, from Dallas Single Dad have 6 kids in our blended family so it always seems like a play date at my house. Kids love coming here because we ALWAYS have kids at my house and I absolutely LOVE IT!
Have a little Help from My Friends
I don’t know of many single parents that host playdates. It takes a lot of time and coordination but having a lot of friends to help out with the planning and coordination helps a lot. I’ve had some of my old friends help me out with planning. My hula sister, Kaimana owns Isla Dance Company and she helped with the crafts portion of the party. Her company does hula workshops and perpetuates Polynesian culture in the spirit of Ohana – family! It was so good to see my former hula sister when I used to dance that I appreciated perpetuating the culture to my keiki (children). Kaimana helped the kids make paper lei (flower garlands) and taught them many words in the Hawaiian and Chamorro (Guam) language. For the Cupcakes portion I had to enlist the assistance of Kim Mathews from Scribble Cakes. I have known Kim for a very long time and she teaches kids (and adults) how to decorate their own cupcakes and cakes to take home. I absolutely adore Kim and how great she is at party decorating, party planning and patience with me. LOL!
Making New Friends
I am a firm believer that kids learn from their actions of their parents. If I wanted to make sure my children grew up to be friendly, sociable and open to making new friends I made sure that my natural social nature would be something they could emulate. I am so glad I created the Dallas-Fort Worth Single Parent’s Society on Facebook as a closed group. You have to be added by one of the admins or provide an email address to get added. It has been such a great resource to get to know each other and to have our friends meet. We had a lot of friends from the group actually meet in person. I also got to meet many of the parents of my children’s classmates. I think that part was very special because our kids are all in classes together. I also got my family members to meet more of the people that are in my children’s lives. Like meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time at Disney, once you meet and make new friends we hope to have a friend for life.
Connecting through Crafts and Cupcakes
The theme for the party was crafts and cupcakes. I thought I would keep it simple and gender neutral. Disney and a lot of their partners provided so many amazing treats, game ideas, decorations and kid products. When we first got our box it included: The box included a Sofia The First American Tourister suitcase, a Finding Nemo Pillow Pet, Blue party hats with glow in the dark stars, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse decorations (tablecloth, plates, cups and napkins). I ended up having to get more decorations but my cousin put them up in the small studio apartment I typically lease out. Luckily I just finished remodeling it so I decided to use it for the party – I wish I didn’t have to rent it out because I would use it for a playroom for the kids.
We also got Pop Secret Popcorn and I served the kids popcorn in their very own red and white popcorn bags. I gave my ten year old a role in the party and that was to pop all the popcorn and put them into these special bags. She LOVES Popcorn! Since the studio apartment had it’s own bathroom I could decorate it anyway I want. The great folks at Softsoap provided handsoap for us to keep our hands clean so we got to put that in the bathroom. My favorite part of the planning was in the invitations. We used HP Cards print at home cars and invitations allowed me to create a very unique invitation from my phone and desktop that was very quick to do. I think I did it in ten minutes. And the HP Social Media snapshots included in the goody bags were a big hit.
Print your own invites with #hpcards & #myprintly from @hp #disneykids via @riplapp Happy to be hosting a #Disney #preschool play date – Our theme is “Cupcakes and Crafts” combining two of my children’s fav activities from cupcake decorating with @scribblecakes and a few Moana inspired crafts. #kids #dallaskids #texaskids #mommy #momblogger #dallasblogger
Let’s get this party started
Once the party got started it was a whirlwind of activity. The children were carefully cutting out flowers and stringing beads while listening to the Moana Soundtrack. They gathered around the tables and made colorful paper lei that included rainbows and many more cool trinkets. The kids also played with balloons – their favorite party and jumped on the Springfree trampoline.
After we finished with the crafts we got to eat lunch. We had mixed fruit, hot dogs, pizza, chips, popcorn and a Frozen inspired layered Jello cups. For dessert we had a sweet treats table with candy, decorated cookies and cake pops from Sugar B Sweets Bakery.
DIY Decorated Mickey Mouse Cupcakes
Kim at Scribble Cakes does a great job at teaching kids as young as 3 and all the way up to adults in how to decorate cupcakes and cakes. I have used her services many times before and she goes above and beyond having the patience for parties that I don’t have – lol! These cupcakes were a hit. I was sad that I was so busy taking photos that I couldn’t make one. She used Oreo cookies, premade cupcakes and icing. What an easy way to make a very pretty and yummy treat. The best way to see them is in the video I compiled below. See the entire progress of the Disney Kids Playdate in my special video.
What we’ve learned
You’re never too old to learn new tricks and I love learning new things in life through my children’s eyes. Making new friends is not hard whether you are young, old, single parent or any myriad of colors of the rainbow. That’s what makes growing up so awesome with making new friends and treasuring your old friends. This was my first playdate EVER! hard to believe huh? I am so glad that I did it. It was an accomplishment for my family and I. I really enjoyed hearing my children’s friends brag about how great the party was that everyone can’t wait for the next one. My daughter’s birthday is in June so I need to rest up before then.
What kind of #DisneyKids Theme would you have for your party? What are your likes and dislikes about throwing a playdate?