Toot! Toot! Yes, that's the sound of me tooting my own horn. Fortunately, I received permission from my friends to do it, so it's not totally gross. My son and I hosted 26 moms and kids from his preschool class for a reunion playdate at our house today and it was a blast.
Outside on the deck, I filled up two inflatable kiddie pools and a pirate ship water table and added floating toys, opened up the sandbox (most of which ended up in the pools), and turned on the bubble machine for a one and a half hour sunshine soiree. I made sure to provide an awesome new kids' spray-on sunscreen by Neutrogena, shade for the new infant siblings, and extra beach towels for our water babies. I try to cover all of the possibilities when party planning, although let's face it, when it comes to kicking it toddler-style, they've mastered the art of surprise.
Inside the house, I put out a mom-and-me spread for lunch that included cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches, pasta salad, as well as snacks like apple slices, animal crackers, pirate's booty, and fishie crackers.