Ever been in the middle of a playdate and the kids just start melting down? It seems to be inevitable. Sometimes, all it takes are the parents to have a chat with the child to get the playdate back on track. But, sometimes, a distraction is needed. This is when I like to have an activity or special snack planned for the playdate just in case. Over the course of this year, I’m going to be sharing ways to “elevate” a playdate. This isn’t a go-all-out party nor is it a way to show up other moms. These ideas are simply distractions to break up those awkward first meetings and bad days for the kids.
Let’s face it, parents need a break too and there is nothing worse than ending a playdate early just because your kid can’t pull it together for you to have an adult conversation.
Winter is a great time to pull out the hot chocolate bar. This can easily be set up ahead of time, ready to go right when you need it.
Basic Supply List:
Hot Chocolate + Water or Milk Ready to Heat
Sturdy Mugs or Paper Cups
Plates + Napkins + Small Spoons
I pulled out mini galvanized buckets I had on hand, lined them with colorful paper napkins, and filled them with an assortment of marshmallows.
I added to the selection a hot chocolate stir-in mix we had been gifted over Christmas. I believe the mix is made up of marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, and butterscotch pieces.
I also included popcorn for a light salty snack.
And that’s it. It doesn’t have to be overdone or Pinterest-worthy to be special. Allowing the mix-ins to be within easy reach and spoons available helps lend independence to the treat. Enjoy!