I love to throw parties and themed playdates. It is a great way to get everyone together and have some fun. For this Halloween, instead of throwing a traditional costume party, I thought it would be a lot of fun to throw a craft playdate over fall break. The kids and the moms could do crafts, enjoy some food, and spend time together.
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When throwing a playdate where both the moms and kids will be crafting, I think it is best to have no more than eight to ten kids and four to five moms. This allows for everyone to get a turn and doesn’t get too overwhelming.
I chose three different crafts for the kids. They got to color a Halloween treat bag, make a foam mask, and a wooden bead necklace. I set up our large coffee table with all the supplies ready to go. It is the perfect height for the kids to work at.
Having a coloring project is perfect to keep even the little kids busy with not much supervision while the moms are crafting. I put a large bowl filled with markers on the table. This makes it easy for everyone to share and find the color they wanted.
The necklaces come prepackaged in kits, but I wanted it to be easier for the kids to get started right away, so I removed all the packaging and placed all the pieces in individual clear plastic bags.
I secured them with some washi tape.
For this particular set of necklaces, you could make a pumpkin or ghost necklace.
Note: This kit contains beads which may not be suitable for children under 5.
In the mask set, there were supplies for making Frankenstein, a witch, pumpkin, or werewolf. The foam pieces are pre-cut and have adhesive on the back. Smaller children may need some help with the pieces. The girls decided to make witch masks.
For the moms, we each made a bracelet and Halloween wine glass charms. The bracelets come in kits with everything you need to make two bracelets.
The only additional supplies you will need are jewelry tools – flat head pliers, round nose pliers, and a wire cutter. You can buy each one individually or in a kit. Since I make a lot of jewelry, I already had these on hand.
To make it easier for when the guests arrived, I packaged 4 wine glass charm rings, 16 beads (2 large and 2 small of each color), 4 jump rings, and 4 charms into a cellophane bag. I secured the top with some Halloween washi tape. This made it easy to get started right away when my friends arrived.
This Friday, I will share exactly how to make the wine glass charms.
Since I knew we would all be crafting for a while, I wanted to prepare some Halloween goodies for us to snack on while we were working. I set up my counter with all the goodies.
We had party punch and water to drink.
I made pumpkin oranges. These are simply peeled Cuties with a celery piece stem.
We had mummy pretzels. Melt white candy melts with a little coconut oil. Drizzle over the pretzels and add candy eyes, if you want.
We also had spider deviled eggs.
Lastly, we had a pumpkin shaped veggie tray with ranch.
I set the table with some spooky, yet pretty supplies from Oriental Trading. Start with a Glitz-O-Ween tablecloth. I added some creepy cloth and a black and white table runner over the top of the tablecloth.
I added black scalloped edge dinner plates to act as the charger. I used plates and napkins from the Glitz-O-Ween line. Each place setting also received a cup, polka dot straw, and fork. I added the packaged wine charm craft bags, as well. I loved the skulls on the plates so much, that I added a skull candle to be the centerpiece of the table.
We had a wonderful time. None of the moms had made jewelry before so we had a fun time laughing trying to figure it all out.
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