Behind The Scenes: First Day of School Party
I have to admit it. I absolutely LOVE event planning.
It’s one of the strange contradictions of my personality. I am a terrible introvert who has learned to be an extrovert. I generally HATE attending anything where mingling is involved, and hate being the center of attention. (Unless I can hide behind a computer and type out my life to anyone interested?) Hosting parties stresses me out because I am so nervous about everyone else having a good time. (If they’re not, I feel like it’s my fault.)
But oh boy, do I love a good Pinterest inspiration board and some crafts. So much so, it’s worth any social anxiety it may cause me to see how everything turns out. And when everybody DOES have a good time, it’s such a wonderful payoff.
So even though I *may* have not slept much last week, I am so, so, thrilled, happy, blessed, excited that all of you showed up to celebrate the first day of school with me.
I cannot say THANK YOU enough for coming out to support Texoma With Kids, and I sincerely hope y’all had as great a time as I did! (And THANK YOU to Texoma Community Credit Union for sponsoring all the festivities.)
Now, on to the fun stuff.
Here’s a look at some of the behind-the-scenes projects that made the event happen:
DIY Terrarium Centerpieces
I was quite proud of how inexpensively I was able to put these together. Right now, Dollar Tree has the miniature gumball machines in four colors, so I scooped up 12. Add some aquarium rocks from Petco + some air plants I ordered via Amazon Prime for $2 each and you have centerpieces for under $4 each.
I did a little research on mocktails online, and everything I came across was either designed to be made one drink at a time, or some fruity baby shower punch made in bulk that didn’t sound all that appealing. So I kinda, sorta made up my own:
Peach Green Tea Lemonade (Starbucks Copycat)
- This barely even qualifies as a recipe, but basically just add equal parts of these 3 ingredients, or to taste. Slice up some lemons for garnish and squeeze a few in for freshness. Add some fresh peach slices if you’re really feeling ambitious. One recipe I found online called for Torani brand peach syrup, but I had a hard time finding that, so any peach drinks that are “nectar” versus “juice” are a good option. Although they make the drink cloudier looking that the Starbucks version.
- Slightly more complicated:
- One 2-liter bottle of ginger ale
- One 2-liter bottler of club soda
- 3 limes – 2 juiced, 1 sliced for garnish
- A handful of mint leaves – be sure you smush them around in your (clean!) hands before dropping them in – I’m pretty sure that’s the same as muddling.
- Chopped watermelon – about half a watermelon’s worth? I used 2 containers of the pre-cut from Market Street, and then smushed about 5 large chunks into the mix because I noticed we weren’t getting that strong of a watermelon flavor by just throwing in the whole chunks. Basically, there was a lot of mushing going on. Haha.
Other Goodies/Venders/Lauren’s Favorite Things:
- Breakfast Pizza from Market Street (FYI the Bacon Green Chile is my FAVORITE!)
- Chair Massages by Debbie Tomagos at Massage Envy Wichita Falls
- Braid Bar hair styled by Luz at Primp & Blow Wichita Falls
- Swag bags courtesy of Jessica Edwards at Primp & Blow and the Moroccan Oil line of products they offer (which I’ve personally tried and LOVE!)
- “Chaos Coordinator” shirts designed by Little H Creative
- More Info on Framed In A Box created by Sarah Williams (the raffle prize provided by Texoma Community Credit Union)
- The Loft Marketplace (in case you needed another excuse to shop! 😉 )
- Cute face mugs that held the pens (image at top) via Hobby Lobby
- More info on how to win $3,000 for your child’s school via Texoma Community Credit Union’s “School Spirit Loan” promotion