Olivia asked for my phone at least five times yesterday morning. Each time, I said no. We’re taking a break from technology. Sighing loudly after the sixth time I said no, she walked up the stairs, five going on fifteen, saying she just needed to send her boyfriend a message.
What the what.
She yelled down at me with an angst-filled voice that she was just trying to invite him for lunch.
I was relieved when she wanted to make three sprinkle rimmed glasses, inviting another little friend too.
Because, boyfriends? Already? Bring me wine.
I asked her what she wanted to have for lunch and she told me the cotton candy drinks that disappear and just in case her friends didn’t like 7up, chocolate milk in glasses with sprinkles that she saw me looking at earlier in the day. And sundaes. And bagels.
You got it. Bagel Sundae lunch with scrambled eggs. Let’s do this.
Tip: I buy rolls of wrapping paper on clearance for special occasions when we want to add a bit something extra to the table. Table cloths always seem to get ruined after the first time I use them. Table runners make me antsy the kids are going to spill, and you can’t get any better than a $1 roll of wrapping paper leftover from the holidays to add some fun.
She added the gold napkins from the holiday stash I picked up, and the cups, and some of the Sundae toppings from the pantry. I gave her a cakeplate, and she brought me some of the easy chocolate souffles ($10/6 at Costco) with their sophisticated glass containers (that have to many uses when they’re finished) to complete the dessert (and was less than impressed when I reminded her we needed to cook them), with chocolate milk and a couple of leftover things on the table like the giant basket of oranges for juicing and the stick tree, that is so easy and versatile (another Christmas clearance find at Homesense).
Then, she experimented to make sure the drinks would go just right –
Magic Disappearing Cotton Candy Mocktail
You need a glass (preferably a fancy one)
A handful of cotton candy
7up or Sprite, or Pellegrino
Add the cotton candy into the glass, or put it there before setting the table
Let the kids pour the liquid into their glass
Watch it magically disappear
How to make a first lunch date for five year olds a success? Obviously hop them up on sugar, pour a glass for yourself, join in on the fun and let go everything that you expect of lunch dates. I’ve got a lot to learn from these cotton-candy drinking five year olds.