Kid's Friendsgiving Playdate
At least once a year I like to host a bigger playdate that I get to decorate for and have a bunch of women in my life over to our home for. It's super fun for me to be creative and think up a fun theme. Earlier this year, the idea of Friendsgiving came to mind. If you don't know what this is, it's when you host a potluck Thanksgiving dinner with friends. We've been to several over the years that have all been so meaningful and fun.
This year I thought why not do the same thing but for our kids! What an awesome opportunity to share the love of Christ and value of community with them.
There's still time to plan your own kid's friendsgiving this season, but if you won't be able to do it this year, pin the image above to save for next year!
I honestly think this play date cost my like $2, haha. All I bought was the kraft paper, from JoAnne's, to cover the tables with. Other than that, we used what we already had! We were having so much fun during the playdate that I didn't take any pictures of the food, but they were served on plain white paper plates from the Dollar Store ;)
I invited friends via Evite and they had a "friendsgiving" invite which was perfect.
We had two activities, a blessing tree for the bigger kids, and coloring pages (found through Google) for the littles/all the kids.
For the blessing tree, the kid's just glued them to the tree and took them home to have a place to write what they are grateful for. I used a 1 inch circle punch to punch out the "leaves" from card stock we already had. I also used some flower pots in different sizes that I actually found on the side of the road on a walk in our neighborhood a few months ago! These held the leaves, glue sticks, pencils and crayons.
All the kids/mamas brought over a potluck lunch for the kids to share and eat. We had an assortment of sliced turkey, cheese, fruit, muffins and pretzels. Super laid back and the perfect kid food!
While the big kids were doing their blessing tree activity and eating I read Bear Says Thanks to them. It's a sweet story about a bear whose cupboards are bare and is blessed by all his friends chipping in food to have a feast together. It's so cute!! I requested it from our local library.
What about you, do you like to throw fun creative playdates like this? If you end up having your own kid's friendsgiving, let me know!