Hosting your first play date can feel like going to prom: butterflies in the tummy, wondering if things will click, hoping for no awkward silence. But being the host has big rewards if you don’t mind a little planning. You’ll get to trade battle stories with other parents and let the kids play — even if they’re just in the goo-goo-ga-ga phase. Scroll through our flipbook for tips for creating the perfect play date, from snacks to activities to mocktails.

Happy Hour Mocktail Time

A batch of mocktails is just as festive as the real thing. A fresh idea like these Frost Bites will really get the “party” started. Check out 10 Winter Mocktail Recipes for more sip-worthy concoctions, including the Hot Not Toddy and Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate. Another go-to source for virgin versions of your fave drinks is Margarita Mama by Alyssa Gusenoff, it includes all the must-have ingredients for mudslides to Mai Tais and margaritas to boot. $11 on amazon.com.

Photo: The Little Kitchen

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— Gabby Cullen
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