A Little Valentine Play Date
Swell Parties: Toddler Girl Valentine Fun
It is so easy to get caught up in the busy pace of life, especially when you run a business from home and have a toddler running around taking apart everything you try to put back in place. And then there is laundry. I have a lot of it...
There have been many times I have wanted to have a play date or host friends and been overwhelmed by the work involved in cleaning my house and getting ready. The nice thing about having nice friends is that no one really cares how put together your home or your life is as long as you help bring people together.
A lot of times I barely get it together for a party, but sometimes I surprise myself. The challenge is fun. So even though our household was recovering from a stomach bug and I had to get someone to help me clean just to have some cute toddlers over for a small, festive girls event, it was worth it to see all the cute faces having a good time...and watching the start of girl friendships is just the cutest.
We had seven little girls and their moms in total and I made two stops to get ready. One to Marshalls / HomeGoods and one to the Whole Foods next door. If we are going to go all sweets, I want it to at least be free of most the artificial crap!
Our party food was super simple:
- Mini cupcakes from Whole Foods with added candy on top for color
- Colorful muffin inserts with Whole Foods' version of Teddy Grahams
- A tin of lemon filled cookie straws
- A few organic juice boxes for the babes
- My mason jar collection with heart straws and a few bottles of sparkling lemonade
Since kids are happy to just to play, the only activity we had was some watercolors and paper at the kids table and lots of toy time.
For a take home treat, we had a tiny candy bar:
Colorful Valentines candies from Home Goods
A set of Valentine's Day themed cellophane wrappers, ribbons and cards
For the main event, each mom was provided with the names of the other children attending so that they could bring Valentines.
And that's it. No crazy crafts. No cooking required. Just great memories.