Our girls hit the jackpot when it comes to the neighbor department. Two funny and entertaining girls that are the same ages as our two oldest live in the house next door and all of them get along just as good as chocolate and ice cream. They are always up to play together so we decided to host our little buddies for lunch and a playdate.
I kept the food simple as they are little girls and my two aren’t exactly adventurous eaters. I served the little ladies cheese and crackers and apple slices. I knew all the kids would be fine with this: no allergies and food they liked. The last thing you need when you’re outnumbered five to one by little is to have one of them unhappy about food choices. We stuck with water but a simple “punch” of fruit juice or even a fruit and veggie blend drink with a little seltzer or clear soda for a bit of fizz would be fun.
I decided to serve the food on bright colored platters to make it feel more special for the girls. I pulled out whatever I had in my cupboards. It didn’t need to match or fit a particular theme although, being as it’s all mine, it seemed to fit the fun, bright, and girly categories which worked well for this group of girls. I happened to have some fun “princess” paper plates left over from a birthday party so we used those. They worked well with the platters and since they were paper, I didn’t have to worry about the girls breaking them or washing them.
It was a lovely sunny day and the girls love being outside so they dined al fresco on our deck. That means, any mess is outside and not in my house….bonus! The girls decided it was like a picnic so they were totally sold on the idea.
The adorable conversations and the sheer joy of little girl giggles and squeals made any effort worth it. They had a great play date for the rest of the afternoon dressing up, coloring with sidewalk chalk, and blowing bubbles. It was just so much fun for all of us and we can’t wait to do it again!