prep and landing play date

One of Avery's favorite Christmas cartoons is Prep & Landing so we decided to have a Prep & Landing play date earlier this year.  We had Lanny and Wayne's gear on hand--sparkle balls (yarn pom poms--some store-bought and some homemade), toy gingerbread scanners and light-up night vision goggles (bought from Hallmark).  I made coal candy (cornflake clusters dipped in dark chocolate) and everyone enjoyed Magee's Hot Chocolate Bar--rich hot chocolate made with melted chocolate chips and milk served with marshmallows, little cookies and candy cane stirrers.  I printed out pictures of some of the Prep & Landing cast from, laminated them and attached them to paper cups for the hot chocolate.

The kids put together their own gingerbread scanners using cut-out gingerbread men (the template can be found here), white pens, pom poms and glue.  My cousin brought over another version of a sparkle ball (made using an ornament) and candy cane grappling hooks.  She also brought over a beautiful treat for Avery--her name fashioned out of candy canes!  She said it was pretty easy.  Here is a reference on how to do it from Makes and Takes.

I think towards the end of the afternoon we watched...Prep and Landing.  A great end to an amazing afternoon!  Thanks to my cousin Amy for helping to make it special!

thanksgiving play date

We're well past Thanksgiving, but I wanted to share this play date that we had last November.  The table set-up and craft ideas came from Fiskars.  The afternoon included turkey sandwiches (it was Thanksgiving after all) and snacks served in this play date favorite (a clever bus platter by Innobaby).  I started to use this puzzle sandwich cutter to make the sandwiches, but ended up not having enough time to cut out all the puzzle pieces, so we ended up having trianglular sandwiches instead.  Later, my cousin Amy made apple bites dipped in fleur de sel caramel along with Nutella and pumpkin pie pops.  It was a delicious and fun afternoon!

play date on st. patrick's day

This afternoon, my cousin Amy and her kids came over bearing St. Patrick's Day decor and potato candy (recipe courtesy of Baked Bree).  They were delicious and were wrinkled and dimpled just like real potatoes!  We had a little lunch, dessert, play time and craft time--all in all, a splendid little afternoon!