Plaid Play Date with Bright Starts Toys #BabyLOLL

in Fab Fetes, Fab Kids

Even for something as simple as a play date get together, I like to incorporate a theme and sometimes ask guests to dress accordingly.  For my holiday play date, I asked everyone to dress in plaid for pictures under the Christmas tree.

plaid party

Here’s my modern, minimalist take on the Christmas tree, perfect for my NYC apartment.

modern christmas tree

It doesn’t take up any room, I can still place presents or a food and beverage display under it, and after the holidays, I can put it away without taking up any coveted storage space.  For snacks, I had animal crackers, a ‘little fingers fruit salad’ made with holiday themed colored fruits as well as golden wrapped chocolates, gingerbread round cookies, and white chocolate pocky stick treats. white christmas decor

The dining table where us moms gathered to share parenting notes and holiday updates, featured a rice salad, hummus and chips as well as a festive gingerbread decorating station.  Guests were also served hot apple cider or hot chocolate with choice of fun toppings.

white decor

cookie decorating with kids



gingerbread cookie decorating party

What really made the play date fun though was that Bright Starts toys were awaiting them under another Christmas tree!  These colorful, interactive toys are such a hit amongst youngsters and being that they’re truly educational, they’re popular amongst parents too!



bright starts toys

The toys were suggested for kids 6months – 3years which was the perfect age range for our play group.



You’d be surprised at how even the simplest of the packages, the “bunch of balls” 16 ball set captured their fancy. (MRSP: $7.99) As a toddler, you can roll them, throw them, catch them, try to juggle them, balance them and share them.  Plus they’re compatible with all the Bright Starts Having a Ball toys like the Spin & Giggle Puppy or Having a ball jungle fun ball climber which are my personal favorites. The whirling wobble bobble fun is absolutely mezmerizing.  Check it out in this video montage below!


As you can see, we had a ball!  How do you like to host your play dates?  And what are your fun holiday play date ideas? Please share!

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed here are my own.

brightstarts toys

Spin & Giggle puppy (purchase here)
Learn & Giggle fish (purchase here)
Learn & Giggle activity station (purchase here)
Giggables (purchase here)
Bunch of Balls (purchase here)
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Janell December 12, 2015 at 11:58 am

Thanks for hosting yet another fun play date for all the kiddos- they always have so much fun. We love our new spin & giggle Bright Starts toy!


Tiffany C December 14, 2015 at 7:29 am

Looks like you guys had a blast! These toys were just so much fun:)


fabgab December 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Isn’t it so great to watch the little ones get so excited about new toys?


MidwestMommy December 14, 2015 at 2:34 pm

I love the Christmas tree idea. Can’t wait to try it in my child’s room!


fabgab December 16, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Cool! Send me a pic!


denise wei-vital December 14, 2015 at 6:54 pm

I love the idea of a themed play date! I have a son so the boys are usually shirtless within 5 minutes of wrestling! LOL


fabgab December 14, 2015 at 6:59 pm

haha that’s hilarious. Perhaps a WWF themed play date is more your speed.
Read my blog for my play doh, Hello Kitty, tea party, and Valentine’s themed play dates. has all the pictures from past themed play dates, styled photo shoots and special events.


monica December 14, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Looks like the little ones had a blast playing with fun toys. Love the cookie decorating too. 🙂


fabgab December 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

We’re decorating cookies again at my ugly sweater party that I’m hosting later this week! Can’t get enough.


stephanie December 15, 2015 at 10:18 am

you always throw the cutest events!


fabgab December 15, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Thanks so much, Stephanie! It was great bumping into you!


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