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Monday, April 27, 2015

muffins with moms

Happy Spring to you! I am in the midst of getting ready for one of my favorite events of the year...Muffins with Moms!  This will be my 7th year hosting this event and I couldn't be more excited! Never heard of Muffins with Moms? Skeptical that you wouldn't get any moms to come?  Rest assured, friends. I thought I'd start off by giving a few tips to host your own Muffins with Moms event!
muffins with mom

muffins with mom
Muffins with Moms can really be held at any point in the year, but I prefer to hold it the Friday before Mother's Day. It is a great way to celebrate the meaningful holiday, and if you live close to your own mom, be sure to invite her as well (my mom comes every year!).
muffins with mom

I make it very clear that any and all women are invited to Muffins with Moms. I work in a Title I school. Not all moms can make it. Some are working and can't take the time off. Some are busy at home, are in prison, passed away, live in another city or just plain refuse to come into school forwhateverreason. I have this honest conversation with my kiddos. We come to the conclusion that if it's not your actual "mom" that comes in, no biggie. You can invite grandma, or auntie, or your neighbor lady that lets you jump on her trampoline in the summer. Which leads me to #3.
muffins with mom

Even parents with the best of intentions can fail (I'll be the first to admit, I am not supermom). Sometimes we forget important events. Plan on someone not coming. Plan on a few no shows and you'll be happy you asked for more volunteers. Ask your nearby high school if they have any students looking for volunteer hours (cheerleaders, sports teams, health and government classes sometimes require these hours). Ask your school staff if they can take an hour (your principal might be totally on board with this--mine have been!) to come and support any students that didn't have anyone show for them. And if it's not 1-1, don't worry. Students can share any volunteers if need be!
muffins with mom

Most parents will need at least a week's notice in advance. If you can let them know as soon as you've put it on your school schedule (check with your admin to make sure there are no other events at the same time!), you'll get a better turnout. You'll also likely get more people that want to help if they have time to plan ahead...which leads me to #5!
muffins with mom

I always ask parents to help! Most moms love to help out with events like these, and this is a great opportunity for them to feel like they are supporting their kiddo. I like to provide the coffee and cups (I buy paper travel cups w/lids) and ask parents to bring in the rest.  If you communicate through email, ask parents to "reply all" so they will know what is already taken or you'll get 500 muffins and no orange juice...or vice versa. Or, if you're even more of a tech savvy teacher, a google doc will work great for sign-ups, too.

We get the fun and excitement started by making my Muffins with Moms Craftivity. We have these ready to give as a little parting gift as the moms leave.

muffins with mom

muffins with mom

You can find this craftivity and more in my Muffins with Moms {the complete kit} by clicking below!
muffins with mom

muffins with mom
So, there you have it.  A few tips to get you started. So, tell me, have you hosted a Muffins with Moms event before? What tips do you have to share? Comment below!

P.S. If you're already thinking, "What about the Dads?!" you might be interested in this!

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  1. I love your craftivity! We have hosted before, and it was successful. We invited any female to come with the students. I will need to look into purchasing your product for our upcoming event.
    Thanks,
    Emily
    scheinbere@hotmail.com

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