How to Throw an Epic (& Inexpensive) Preschool Playdate

I love throwing parties. I love having everyone get together at my house regardless of what we are celebrating. When I was invited to host a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate for the third time, I wanted to make this one different and unique. If you follow me on Facebook or YouTube, then you have seen our #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate Unboxing already. These past few months have flown by and been very crazy, but that doesn't mean that a party still can't be fun. I love how our party turned out. Everyone had a great time, it wasn't time consuming to plan, and it was inexpensive as well. Plus everyone learned about the awesomeness of Walt Disney World.

1. Create Your Invitations and Guest List. I used my handy dandy HP printer and HP Card & Invitation Kit to create some cool invites. You can use the HP Cards App to print quick, on-the-go cards from your mobile device, or download the free HP Photo Creations software to your desktop where you can choose from hundreds of easy-to-use designs (including Disney) to customize your invitation or card.

2. Create Your Food List. I was creative in my kitchen and used whatever I had on hand. I made pancake muffins and Pop Secret/Goldfish Snack Mix.

Pancake Muffins Recipe
I used Belgian Waffle Mix that I had on hand. I made it according to the package. Cooked in oven on 350 for 12 minutes. I wish I had added some type of fruit, but the kids loved them either way. You could add egg if you like them fluffier. I also made a batch of mini muffins as well.

How to Make Muffins from Pancake Mix

Pantry Popcorn Mix Recipe
What You Need:
8 cups popped Pop Secret popcorn
2 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar
1 tablespoon Nestle Nesquick
1 cup Goldfish Baked with Honey Grahams
1 cup broken thin pretzel sticks
1/2 cup milk chocolate M&M's

What You Do:
Place popcorn in a large bowl. Combine cinnamon-sugar and cocoa; sprinkle over popcorn and toss to coat. Stir in graham snacks, pretzels, and M&M's.
If you are feeling SUPER creative you could print the following free printable Mickey Mouse food labels and label all of your food! This was a huge hit at my son's 5th birthday party! And a lot of the food items aren't heard to throw together.

Mickey Mouse Food Labels Free Printable

Mickey Mouse Party Food Ideas

3. Decorate. My favorite place to go for inexpensive party décor is Oriental Trading. You can find décor for just about every theme you could ever imagine. We were sent some pretty awesome Mickey Mouse decorations for our Disney Kids play date that can be found on Amazon, but I added some I found not only at Oriental Trading as well as on the clearance rack at Target. If I find a good deal on something way in advance, I grab it and store it in my party decorations box.

Mickey Mouse Party Decorations

4. Plan Some Activities. I have found a TON of games online. Games we played included:

Magic Match - You can find the printable HERE. In this game you will learn about the endless fun and incredible attractions at Walt Disney World Resort and other Disney Parks while testing your memory and recognition skills!

We also played a game called Character Charades. One of the most magical moments at Disney Parks is meeting your favorite Disney character. Challenge partygoers to act out the characters.

The Hidden Mickey Game was probably the kids favorite game. There are magical features everywhere at Disney Parks, even hidden in plain sight. Prepare Mickey fans to spot the infamous "Hidden Mickeys" before their next Disney Parks visit with your very own Hidden Mickey Hunt.

Disney Kids Preschool Playdate Games - Free Printables

And last, but not least was Fab Fortune Tellers. This brought back so many memories of those old "fortune tellers" we played with in Elementary school except this one will magically reveal your guests inner Disney character!

We also did a Make Your Own Sorcerer's Hat craft. All we needed were blue party hats, a variety of star stickers, and self adhesive foam stickers.

We also had a Hot Dog Dance Off. If you have ever watched the animated Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, then you know the tune. The kids had a BLAST dancing their little hearts out and it was so much fun to watch them. We found a FULL HOUR on loop of the song on YouTube.

I also found a Pin the Nose on Mickey Game as well as a cool Inflatable Bean Bag Toss Game.

Disney My Pillow Pet and American Tourister

5. Have fun! We had a ton of at our Disney Kids playdate. The kids genuinely enjoyed just spending time together and so did the adults. And we all had fun learning about our wonderful sponsors! Thank you Disney World, American Tourister, Pop Secret, Soft Soap, Pillow Pets, HP, and MyPrintly.

Probably my favorite part of the party was getting to send everyone home with a pack of HP Social Media Snapshots. They can download the free HP Snapshots app to print directly from their mobile device.

Do you like to throw parties or get togethers? What do you think of our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate? Do you have any tips to throw an event on a budget?

I received free products in order to host a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own.


  1. Thats a whole lot of party favors! It all looks good though, and if you had a Disney fan in your life they would really enjoy it I like how easy it looks.
    ellen beck

  2. I like party shopping at Dollar Tree. Can find lots of fun party stuff.
    slehan at juno dot com

  3. This looks like a wonderful party. My young nephew loves Disney and would enjoy this!

  4. This is very cute and a great way to include a lot of different characters. It is much harder to find deals on one specific disney movie items.

  5. Sounds like quite the little party and I like your recipes aren't difficult either.

  6. I only ever had one birthday when I was little when we had fun party decorations! I wish I'd had more!

  7. These are great ideas for my Moms Club play dates. The Hot Dog dance off is a must!

  8. I've never made pancake muffins but the idea is so awesome! I can't believe I've never heard of it before! I like the idea of a themed playdate too.

  9. I LOVE the idea of pancake muffins!! I am definitely going to have to do this for my kids. What a fun way to eat them! :) And a great snack for any occasion, thanks for sharing!

  10. One can never go wrong with Disney’s characters and themes! I haven’t met anyone yet that doesn’t like Disney. Disney spells FUN for kids and the little kids in us adults. What’s nice too is that a lot of the birthday plates, napkins, cups, hats, party favors, etc. can be easily found to make our children’s day spectacular 😍

  11. SORRY! I meant to say play date also! 😜

  12. These are super cute! I have to say that is a lot of play date stuff, how many kids do you have on your playdates!?! Bet it was a blast!

  13. This is a fun playdate theme. I love all the inexspensive ideas you have. I bet it was a lot of fun!

  14. Looking good thanks for the tips

  15. Dollar General, Family Dollar, Party City, they all have some crafts, party favors, reasonable games, etc. to plan a FUN kids bash!

  16. Those cupcake cups, etc., would really make a party fun!

  17. These are some really great ideas that I will have to try for my children!

  18. My granddaughters love Mickey. These are great ideas.

  19. This sounds so fun and I can't wait to do it for my children.

  20. What a cute idea! I want some of those pancake muffins.

  21. I like all those games ideas.


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