Hosting holiday-themed playdates is easy and fun. Using items you already have around your home and a little bit of creativity, you can put together a candy Christmas tree playdate in just a few days. The kids get to use their creativity and the moms get to eat the leftover candy. A win-win for everyone!
1. Use items you already have as decorations. I used a cake plate, a Christmas tree that I made out of a plastic cup & scrapbook paper, a teddy bear my daughter received for Christmas last year and a wooden ornament that a patient hand-carved for me.
2. M&Ms are essential for use as decorations on the Christmas trees. Plus, it is easy to sneak a few here and there.
3. I bought these glass star dishes at Walmart for $1.47 apiece! They make great candy dishes and can be used for multiple holidays. If you have not tried Dove’s Peppermint Bark chocolates you are missing out! Buy some and hide them for yourself.
4. Use sugar cones for your Christmas trees. Buy (or make) a simple white frosting to put all over the trees in order for the *ornaments* to stick.
5. These extra thick peppermint sticks served a dual purpose. Not only did they act as part of my decor, I also gave one to each child as a party favor. I found these at Dollar Tree for 69¢ apiece.
6. A shot of my table before the kids arrived. Ideally I would have put down a tablecloth to further set the display but with 2-4 year olds, tablecloths can be dangerous for the items on the table! You’ll see in this picture a plate of my peppermint fudge which is absolutely delicious. Other candies that can be used for decorating are red hots, peppermint disks and marshmallows.
7. We also tied a cookie exchange into this playdate. Because you can’t get enough sweets…
8. Finally, the finished product!
Playdates such as these a fun ways to create lasting memories for your children. I hope these pictures and tips inspire you to do something fun and out of the ordinary with your children this holiday season!