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.

Mocktail Bar

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.

Watermelon Faux-jito

  • 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:

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