My daughters (ages 5 and 3.5) recently had their very first playdate party.
They invited over some friends to enjoy lunch along with some good old fashioned backyard, swingset-loving fun. And what a blast they had. For three hours they played their little hearts out with laughter filling the air.
There was also a ton of creative, imagination play going on too, something I had not thought of as a benefit to having our Backyard Discovery swingset. (We have the 2011 Montpelier – Read my series on installing it in you backyard.) It makes sense with swings, monkey bars, a sand box, and slide topped with a super cool wooden kids fort that you’d get some creative play going on. I mean, what better place to play princess then atop your backyard kingdom in the fort. It was absolutely adorable to see these little girls enjoying themselves like this, no props needed besides their minds.
That got me thinking of a super budget-friendly and easy birthday party at home idea all based around swingset fun: castles and dragons! Perfect for boys and girls – the theme would consist of lots of things young kids love – you’ve got your princes, your princesses, your dragons and of course your castle (your swingset fort). This would be a costume party where you invite friends to come dressed as a dragon, prince or princess. Party props would consist of princess castle party supplies for girly girls or friendly dragons for boys (and girls who love dragons, like mine). Then serve up a “royal feast” for the food and drinks plus your prince/princess and dragon cake or cupcakes – and you’re done. Hold the party outside with the playset as the centerpiece and viola! You have yourself all the fun games you need right there.
For the royal feast – I’d serve up lunchmeats and cheese sliced up into small portions, plus slice bread – for kids to create their own sandwiches. Plus snack foods like grapes, strawberries, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and such. For the drinks, do easy much harder to spill juice boxes (you can make paper sleeves for them with construction paper, tape, markers and stickers with each child’s name – and call them dragon juice for extra fun with little extra expense).
Installing our backyard playset has been so much fun and brought so much more backyard playtime this spring and summer… it even inspired us to redo our boring patio section into something we use everyday! More on that to come later this summer!
Meantime, read all my stories involving our Backyard Discovery playset HERE.
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