Having had very successful super play dates at Halloween and Christmas i decided to organise another for Valentines. In the weeks leading up i very much enjoyed searching the shops for suitable sensory items and all things heart shaped. Here are some pics etc of the planning and the party itself. I had 9 adults, 7 toddlers and 4 babies at the party and i think everyone had a great time.
Decorations – as is usual now i was able to get away with buying 1 pack of streamers for £1 and a pack of balloons for £1 and all other decorations i already had from previous events.
Baby Activities – I needed a way to keep little Elyse separate from the messy activities so i changed our playroom divider into a playpen and transformed it in to a little baby love nest. I created a heart sensory board by cutting hearts from various materials i had around the house such as sandpaper, foam, bubble wrap, feathers, dyed rice, tissue paper and tinfoil. Then i cable tied it to one side. I tied a ribbon across the playpen and then tied ribbons to it so the babies could play with them and crawl through them. Then i created a ribbon pull by poking many lengths of pink and red ribbon through the mesh on the sides. Both Kealan and Elyse thought this was great when i was trying to set it all up and no sooner had i one poked through then one of the two of them had it ripped out. This was also a great hit at the party with Elyse and Jamie. I then made a baby appropriate activity bin by gathering heart shaped or pink and red objects that i thought they would find appealing. Elyse very much enjoyed this when she got up the morning of the party and spent quite some time putting the balls in the jar, rattling them about and then taking them out. We also used a square of red material to place over the pink bear or my face to play peekaboo.
Kids activities – previous play dates consisted of craft and sensory activities but as Kealan’s current favourite activity is mixing i decided to try a new format:- baking, snack, craft, sensory play and then lunch. So for the first activity we made valentine rice krispie treats. On the table ach child had a cup 1/3rd filled with rice krispies and a bowl. There were candy hearts, marsh mallows and strawberry sprinkles for them to add to the bowl with the cereal and mix. I melted a bag of mini marshmallows with a little butter in a saucepan and then poured a little in to each child’s bowl. The mixture was then pushed into heart silicon moulds and left to set while the kids had some fruit.
Next i gave the kids foam heart shapes, heart stickers, heart confetti, gems, feathers and glue. All the kids did so well and the results were beautiful.
And next i got out the sensory (messy) boxes. The first box contained red and pink rice, rose petals, red glitter, red polystyrene balls, LOVE letters and plastic heart gems.
The second contained moon sand i made with shaving foam, cornflour and red food colour, with glitter, heart skewers and more heart confetti.
The third contained red gelliplay, water beads, red glitter, heart gems and heart confetti.
There was also a table of valentines colouring set out but it didnt get used much so i sent some of them home with the kids to do another time.
Lunch – i made these frittatas using silicon heart moulds, they looked and tasted great and were popular with the kids and mummies. For the first batch i cooked broccoli and then added it to whisked egg, grated cheese and chopped red pepper, The second batch was made from egg, cheese, sweetcorn and chopped cooked chicken. I poured the mix into moulds and placed into a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 15 mins.
The kids also had heart shaped sandwiches, cocktail sausages, and crisps while the mummies had scones and cake. I also made some chocolates by melting milkybar buttons in a smaller heart mould and then adding strawberry sprinkles.
The party bags – i think preparing the going home bags is my favourite bit. Inside the little red bags:- 2 homemade playdough hearts (pink glitter and red rose scented), heart marshmallows, bubbles, pink balloons and a heart shaped chocolate. Each child was also given a red rose.
I love having all the kiddies round and my new mummy pals. I really enjoyed putting this together and want to thank everyone for coming and for all the generous gifts that were brought. XXX