Running from the Law: Mac's Holiday Pajama Party

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mac's Holiday Pajama Party

Back in November, I got this harebrained idea to host a holiday-themed playdate at our house for some friends and their kiddos.  It started out as attempt to see a few friends that I hadn't seen in a while, but quickly turned into a way to get ALL my friends with little kids together, which turns out, is a LOT of kids.  I thought maybe with everyone being so busy with holiday stuff we wouldn't get a good turnout, but much to my surprise (and excitement), nearly everyone we invited was able to make it.  

Of course, the play date had a theme - holiday pajamas.  All the kids came dressed in their favorite holiday jammies and the moms were encouraged to wear yoga pants or anything comfortable.  I have to admit, it was pretty awesome not even having to get dressed to host an event at your house.  We snacked on donuts, pastries, gingerbread and decorated sugar cookies from one of my favorite local bakeries, Clayton's Bakery.  There was chocolate milk for the kids and mimosas and coffee for the moms.  All the kids brought one holiday book to exchange with another child.  We had crafts downstairs and a photo booth upstairs where to kids could get their photo taken in their jammies.  
In the basement (playroom) we had craft tables set up for the kids to make ornaments.  A little paper Christmas tree with stickers and a paper plate reindeer with hand antlers.  The kids loved the stickers, but even more, they loved the playroom and all the toys!  I'm so glad the playroom was such a big hit.  I've put a lot of work into that room over the last few months, so I'm glad it's getting good use (blog post coming soon on the playroom). 
Upstairs, I set up a little photo booth in one of our guest bedrooms.  I just threw some Christmas lights on a bed with white linens and added some fun holiday props (Santa hat, reindeer antlers, stuffed Santa and reindeer, elf hat, etc.). Becca of Rebecca Fox Photography was kind enough to hang out upstairs with the kids and get some really great shots of the littles.  I just love these photos.  Unfortunately, we didn't get a shot of every kid (we had a few that refused to cooperate).  Mac wasn't real thrilled with the idea of photos, but Becca managed to get a couple of the two of us (which is all I really wanted).  I think we probably should have done photos first, before they saw all the toys and cookies downstairs!  Lesson learned.  Friends - if I have photos of your kid(s), I'll email them to you as soon as I can (probably next week).  
I think it was a pretty great party.  I know Mac and I both had a blast (and took a major nap together afterwards).  I can't wait to do it again next year...or maybe for Valentine's Day, if I can't wait that long!  

Anyone else out there crazy enough to host a playdate with 30 kids?  


31 comments:

  1. Such a fun idea, looks like you guys had a blast!

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  2. I HAVE NO WORDS. omg. i wish i lived closer! these are amazing. love it. (ok so i had a lot of words!)

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  3. this is amazing! if only I didn't already have a birthday party to plan in December I would totally do this! However, next year I am thinking pajamas and pancakes for the birthday theme!

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  4. What a fun idea! Wish Liam & I could have been there!

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  5. We had a lot of fun and I loved the playroom and photog! You are one very brave Momma to have THIRTY kiddos at your house. Mine was barely big enough for 7!

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  6. This is such an adorable idea! And that basement? Mac is a lucky boy!

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  7. Such a fantastic idea! How fun. I'd RSVP yes to any party I could wear yoga pants to!

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  8. This was the best playdate we have EVER been to! Thanks Sara and Mac!

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  9. So cool! :) I get so stressed planning & hosting things like this...so props to you for making it happen! You and Mac are so cute in your pj's!

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  10. I want to go to a party that I can wear pjs too! Such a fun idea looks like an absolute blast!

    You and Mac look cute as ever:)

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  11. Ok. Plan on inviting me to the next one. Everything looked so amazing and perfect and I'm just swooning over it all being so fabulous!!!

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  12. Wow - can you invite me next year? Seriously. That looks like the coolest little kid party ever!

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  13. WOW! That is AMAZING!!! I don't know you how you planned all of this wonderfullness but it looks like such a great party!!! Mac's playroom is awesome!! You've done a great job with that space for sure!!! Merry Christmas!!!

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  14. Can we say Super Mom?! Seriously you come up with the best ideas!!! What a fun idea and all the jammies were so cute! I may have to steal this idea for next year!
    You have done a great job on the playroom- would love to see a post on that! I'm working on ours now

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  15. Oh my goodness! This is just BEYOND precious. I'm melting. What a fantastic idea. Merry Christmas. <3

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  16. Sara, this is AWESOME! It's all so freaking cute.
    Merry Christmas!!!

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  17. So Brilliant! We usually do a Christmas Playdate but will have to make it a pajama one next year!!

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  18. Christmas jammies make me SO happy and I am in love with this idea. Also in love with your playroom! Great job, girl.

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  19. I love this idea and wish I lived near you so I could come too :). Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  20. Such a cute idea! I'm definitely stealing this for next year (and will likely do it for valentine's day, too!).

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  21. OMG this was the cutest idea!!!! Love it. Such a great idea for a little get-together. Genius!!!

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  22. I seriously LOVE this idea!!! Genius!

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  23. I'm still really bummed that D and I were both sick and had to miss this. Fingers crossed for a Valentine's Day party! Or just invite me over to come play in that awesome playroom. :)

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  24. Such a great party idea. Loved all the details you put together. So thoughtful!

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  25. This is a great party idea and setup. It's a great tradition to adapt to your needs as the kids grow too. So fun!

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