Monday, February 4, 2013
What do You do for Your Valentine's Party?
Many of us are gearing up for the Valentine's Day party.
That got me to wondering how others do their parties. So here's your chance to share with me and others what you do.
I hear many people get crabby about the parties and complain, so there has to be a better way.
You know how you get sick of hearing your kids asking "When is the party?" or "How much longer till the party?"
This is how our school has done it for years.
We start the day with the party. . . . .
Yup, it's the very first thing we do. . . and it's over and done with and we can go on to other activities.
We got real tired of all the sugar that was consumed on Valentine's and Halloween Parties. So that's why we start with the party in the morning.
And here's the best part. . . There is no sugar invited at all. . . No cupcakes, No cookies, No bags of candy, nada!
We have our food service prepare a breakfast for us. The kids get to practice the Core Democratic Values by voting on what they want. They are given a choice of 5 entrees, and 5 fruits. The majority rules and the winning choice is what we have.
They eat the breakfast in the room, which is a special thing because we usually eat in the gym. Then we clean up the room and are ready for the Valentines. We pass them out to our friends, then we open them, laugh, share, giggle, and really have a chance to enjoy ourselves. We can be done with the party and ready to move on to the rest of the day. We usually do other Valentine activities so that we can keep the theme alive.
We love that our day starts with a healthy party and the kids have something good in their stomachs.
Now remember that I said we don't invite any sugar to our parties?
Well it still shows up! Parents will just send in cupcakes, cookies, bags of candy, and what ever else they feel our poor children have to have! :) Without us even asking!
It's ok. We try to space it out for the rest of the day. And again, they did start with a good solid meal first!
So that's it, that's what we do for both the Halloween and Valentine parties. Now if you want to have a breakfast and your food service won't prepare a meal for you, maybe you could get some parents to make some breakfast casseroles to serve.