I absolutely love living in California at this time of the year (okay, let's face it, every season is pretty great here), but I particularly love these hot sunny days, the smell of freshly mown grass and kids playing in their backyards.
Often though these impromptu play dates happen mid morning or mid afternoon on weekends, or after school during the week. Kids get hungry and thirsty quickly so it's important to have healthy snacks and beverages on hand. It only takes a few minutes to set up a quick table in the backyard so that kids can help themselves and you aren't running to and from the kitchen constantly.
Here are five tips for playdate snacking.
Tip 1: Keep snacks healthy and simple whenever possible. It's okay to add in a treat, but you don't want the kids returning home on a sugar high and the other parent plotting ways to return the favor next time.
Tip 2: Find out about any food allergies and provide options to accommodate these.
Tip 3: If you are setting up a table outside and you don't plan on standing guard over it swatting away ants and flies then plan your snacks accordingly. Here are a few ideas:
- individually packaged bars
- fresh fruit (that hasn't been cut) such as apples, bananas and oranges
- yogurt tubs or frozen yogurt tubes in a bucket of ice - don't forget to pop spoons on the table too
- individual snack bags or boxes - for example pretzels, raisins, or crackers
Tip 4: Keep the table in a shaded area.
Tip 5: Kids love to serve themselves, whether it be getting their own drink or choosing what they want to eat, so by using a beverage dispenser filled with water, they can fill their own cup or bottle as they need it, and by putting out a few options for snacks they can make the choice as to what they want to eat.
You could also offer items for guests to make flavored water such as this beverage bar that I've posted about previously, with options for lemonade, fruit, or iced tea being made available.
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