Charlotte's Web Spring Equinox Playdate/Dinner Party / by Lauren DeMarco

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Wilbur is a spring pig so every year, on the Spring Equinox I start to read E.B. White's Charlotte's Web to Chi Chi. I always get super excited about it and this year the excitement really rubbed off on her so we decided about a month in advance to invite a couple with their 2 kids over after school for a Templeton-style smorgasbord and Charlotte's Web themed play. They agreed and we set the date!

 I printed up some coloring pages for the kids to start while I finished cooking and started the movie (the original 1973 version, of course).

I printed up some coloring pages for the kids to start while I finished cooking and started the movie (the original 1973 version, of course).

 The weekend before, I shopped for some steaks, chicken drumsticks, hot dogs, and zucchini to grill and put together some orzo salad with fresh basil, corn, tomatoes, and feta, and some Annie's Farm-themed Mac and Cheese! We also grabbed 3 pigs at IKEA for the kids, planned some activities, and asked the other family to bring dessert.

The weekend before, I shopped for some steaks, chicken drumsticks, hot dogs, and zucchini to grill and put together some orzo salad with fresh basil, corn, tomatoes, and feta, and some Annie's Farm-themed Mac and Cheese! We also grabbed 3 pigs at IKEA for the kids, planned some activities, and asked the other family to bring dessert.

 Chi Chi and I drew out a web to tape up to the wall and cut out some spiders for "Pin Charlotte on the Web" which was a major hit! They didn't care who won, they were cheering each other on, and they kept pulling the spiders off to try over and over. It was perfect to occupy them while the grown-ups cleaned up.

Chi Chi and I drew out a web to tape up to the wall and cut out some spiders for "Pin Charlotte on the Web" which was a major hit! They didn't care who won, they were cheering each other on, and they kept pulling the spiders off to try over and over. It was perfect to occupy them while the grown-ups cleaned up.

 We wrapped up the party with some little brownies topped with spring sprinkles and some fresh raspberries!

We wrapped up the party with some little brownies topped with spring sprinkles and some fresh raspberries!

The kids played, we enjoyed our meals which were really yummy, and we chatted about our upcoming plans for the warmer seasons forthcoming!

After her friends left and she finished her bath, I started the first chapter of the book. Chi found her baby bottle and started feeding her new plush Wilbur in bed while I read. She insisted on sleeping with him and the bottle in case he woke up hungry in the night and she needed to feed him again!

It was a perfect way to ring in the new season! Funny and ironic note: since we live in NJ and it doesn't start to feel like spring until May-ish, we actually got a snow day the following day to sleep in and relax! Couldn't have been better!