You can only be a parent superstar when you feel your best. Let's be honest, sometimes your kids, your husband, your mommy duties can be a little too much. Don't feel guilty, there's a pretty good chance your gal pals are feeling the same way. The cure for this: a rock star mommy play date.
According to party planner Jes Gordon a successful gathering is all in the planning. Gordon would know; she's worked plenty of events with Jennifer Lopez, Vera Wang and Bono. To help you and your friends, she's shared her ideas for creating a rock star play date just for moms.
This day is all about you and your friends. Bring back the days before diapers and school projects were your main focus. To ensure everyone gets something out of it, Gordon suggests making a fantasy list. "Each person needs to get a lot out of this play date," she says. "This is why you focus on the things everyone loves."
Need ideas? Gordon has a few: Treat yourselves to a driver and go vineyard hopping, go for pampering at a spa day or rent a cabin for the weekend and go exploring. For a fab twist, pair up cupcakes from your favorite bakery with complementing cocktails. Check out great recipe ideas for non- and alcoholic cocktails from Southern Comfort at ChicagoParent.com.
"Women can sit and talk about what they're doing. ... Mix in fabulous cocktails and you're done."
It may sound nerdy, but holding a pre-gathering meeting will make your party flow much smoother, Gordon says. Work out all of the details through e-mail. Share your fantasy list, set a budget that everyone can handle, pick a date and assign each mom a job or two. If the group is feeling extra organized, create an itinerary, but stay flexible.
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