Friday, May 20, 2011

Kitchen Playdate: Milk & Cookies Party

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Today was a super fun day for both Joel and I. Both of us hosted our first playdate party with friends and it was a great success. Our theme was Milk & Cookies where moms brought homemade cookies to swap while the kids had a playdate. It was a full house and it was great to have some kids for Joel to play with and other moms I could chat with.

For the party, I prepared a simple lunch spread of turkey sliders and all the fixings, chips, baby carrots with ranch dressing, bananas and strawberries. Dessert was a lovely spread of cookies that everyone brought to share... and an added bonus was a milkshake bar for folks to have fun with.

The cookies were all fantastic! I've already had more than I should and I'll be posting recipes of each soon. Here's a quick preview of what our cookie swap included...

Brazilian Coconut Cookies

Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Earthquake Cookies

M&M Cookies

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Red Sugar Cookie

S'mores Cookie Bars

Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies

So let's talk about the Milkshake Bar! It was a great treat for everyone to play with various ingredients to make their own custom milkshake. On the bar, I had fresh strawberries, bananas, cut up mango, toasted peanuts, chocolate mint chips and maraschino cherries. I also included peanut butter, hot fudge sauce and strawberry sauce. Folks had the choice between chocolate and vanilla ice cream, any of the toppings/mix-ins and sauces. Milk was on hand (as any household with kids is) along with whipped cream to top the shakes off...

Joel loved playing with all the kiddies. There was a whole range of ages... from 3 1/2 months up to 9 years old. There was definitely a split of itty bitty babies (less than 6 months old), totaling up to 5 I believe... and toddlers (11 -24 months old), totaling up to 7... and lastly, a 3.5 year old and 9 year old. That's 14 kids at one time... eek!

Here are some pictures we took at the very end. We certainly didn't get everyone since you can only imagine how hectic everything was with 14 kids and 10 moms. But hopefully at our next playdate party, we'll be sure to take more pics of everyone! (It's funny how Joel is just gnawing away at his cookie while things are going on around him lol...)




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