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.

Toy Bucket Bonanza

Every little one enjoys a chance to drool all over new-to-them toys. If you are looking to add some new and improved options to the selection, check out uber-cool lines like Indestructibles, baby books that can survive the pulling, the ripping, the spinning and whatever else your baby attempts; or Green Toys, who offer great toys created from one hundred percent recycled materials (mostly milk jugs!) and made in the USA, making them slightly more pricey but totally worth the extra pennies. Helpful Hint: Germ-free toys are awesome so if there’s time before guest show, grab a wipe and swipe.

Photo: Green Toys

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— Gabby Cullen

Featured photo: Parker Knight via flickr