Even with all the planning, the play dates still got started with a bang, or should I say slam. As in the slam of our wooden door bar coming down and locking us outside because I had never bothered to learn the entry code through our garage. Whoopsie, and wouldn't you know it none of the neighbors we knew were home. Luckily, the gal down the street came driving by and was nice enough to let me use her cell phone to call Brad. Otherwise it would've been one long cold afternoon! We kept it simple because ER and EV were so young and changed into play clothes for the actual fun. To start with, I gave each girl a set of orange and black with a cookie cutter for each girl, all wrapped up in cute cello bags cause you know it's all about presentation! I wasn't sure how long they'd play with it, because at this point ER wasn't too interested in it. Well big kid GN was a really great model for all the fun things you can do with it. Playdough time went on and on; it was the start of ER's love affair with the stuff. They played with playdough for so long that we didn't have time for print and color Halloween cards I'd found online for them. Bummer too, cause I had them in the cute bags I got above, personalized with their first initial. A year ago, ER was all about coloring so I thought this would go over big. Just goes to show that sometimes, type A personalities like me have to let go and let the kids' interest direct the party.
What kind of Halloween party would it be without some treats? We made sure they got lots of sugar when they decorated their cupcakes! Candy makes everything better☺
I HAD to give them a little treat bag too! These were very easy and quick. Just a purple lunch bag, wrapped in scrapbook paper, then tied with ribbon and a ghost tag. I used my ever so handy dandy scalloped punch and ghost die cut with felt to make the tags.
Inside were some Halloween clippies I made with ribbon and Halloween themed buttons. Cause I am clippie obessed and think we need ones to match every outfit and season. Here's my take on a tute on making clippies, more examples of ones I've made, and my post with links to some of my favorite resources. We also gave them each a Haba wooden pumpkin, that you can in the cupcake decorating picture above and a necklace that I made them. Shockingly, I don't have a picture to include in this post, normally I take pictures of every craft I make but couldn't find it in my photo archives. ER's is sleeping right now so there is no way I'm going in and risking waking her to find it. May post it later on.
Now you can see how easy it can be to do one of these play dates, hope you'll start having them youself. If you do be sure to let me know, because I'd love to come by and see it! I think all of the play dates we had in the past year are now on my blog, except for our Christmas one. It was also before I started blogging. I'll have to add that sometime in December. Look for THIS year's Halloween play date in a week or so, after we have it:)
And don't forget to stop by the main Round Robin post and see what everyone has added!