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.

Set Up Some Sensory

What baby doesn’t love giving the Big 5 a workout now and again? Mastermama Crystal at Growing A Jeweled Rose has the skinny on how to set up a group sensory play date. You'll be using all kinds of cool stuff, including spaghetti, water beads, Jell-o, plastic animals and even some goop! Helpful Hint: This will leave your house a total mess but the laughs and looks of those little babes will be worth every bit of the clean-up.

Photo: Growing A Jeweled Rose

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— Gabby Cullen

Featured photo: Parker Knight via flickr