Even the most organized moms are put to the test come the last week of school, especially if you have three children at three different schools like I do.
So, as I stood looking at the sign-up sheet for my pre-K daughters end of school year party, only two openings were available- “condiments” or “party giveaway bags“.
It’s decision time.
Do I go for the easy sign-up to bring a bottle of ketchup and ranch dressing? How simple and smart that would be!
Or, do I sign up for the most difficult task of creating and assembling gift bags? Part of me (the logical me) really wants to make life easy and sign up to bring condiments.
Condiments or party bags?
Condiments? Or, party bags?
Or…. party bags?
How predictable I am. Yes, I signed up for the most complicated item.
And, of course, the party crept up on me out of nowhere and left me scrambling at the 11th hour to put something together.
So, it was me and every other haggard mother at Michaels come 8:00 p.m. the night before looking for last-minute items to fulfill some self-inflicted obligation for kids school parties or teacher gifts.
And I can’t even keep this task simple by just throwing some candy in a bag with a bow. Even that would be pretty simple.
I had to think of a theme.
By printing and cutting out these adorable summer ideas and placing a few in each bag or bucket, all I had to do was purchase items to go along with ideas like: “Write and Act In A Play”, “Have A Lemonade Stand” and “Plant A Garden”. There are actually three pages of ideas to choose from.
So, I purchased items like sidewalk chalk, mini squirt guns, notepad & pen, garden seeds, lemonade mix, etc. And, yes, I threw in some Starburst candy.