This post is sponsored by EDWARDS® Desserts. All opinions are my own.
No matter how much we love having our kids home for summer vacation, all Moms agree on one thing: it takes a lot out of us. It’s not just all of the extra driving and activities to keep our kids busy; there are so many more dishes to wash, more messes to clean, and oh so much more noise.
Before those lazy yet crazy days of summer get into full swing, why not throw a Mom’s Night In to give you and your gal pals a chance to connect, before vacation plans pull you in different directions?
In partnership with EDWARDS® Desserts, I’ve put together this guide to help you plan an indulgent Mom’s Night In that will give your guests great memories to smile about long after summer vacation has lost its charm.
Give your gathering a garden party feel with cucumber finger sandwiches or smoked salmon on toast points paired with juicy berries and dark roast coffee or tea. After all, you’ll be eating plenty of barbecue and chicken nuggets over the summer — now’s your last chance until autumn to eat like the ladies who lunch! Prefer something more hearty? This Muffaletta Sandwich is big enough for a crowd!
Then hit the sweet spot with a decadent EDWARDS® Desserts like the EDWARDS® Hershey’s* Chocolate Crème Pie I served, or try one of their other delicious flavors like Key Lime Pie or S’mores! You can find EDWARDS® Desserts in the frozen section at major grocers like these stores near you.
One of the best things about getting together with other moms is being able to swap parenting strategies and plan playdates. After all, no one wants to spend their entire summer vacation cooped up in the house. So take this chance, before everyone’s calendar gets crammed, to plan a backyard camping night, trips to the pool, even a group outing to the water park if you’ve got one nearby.
But once that’s handled it’s time for the moms to have fun! Break out your favorite board games and enjoy playing without anyone fighting over whose turn it is. Or watch a “chick flick” together — it might be your last chance for months to see a movie from start to finish!
Be sure to take some photos of your time together for Facebook and Instagram. Not a fan of having your photo taken? You’re not alone! Break out some wacky accessories to take the pressure off. Then snap away — or go old school and use a real Polaroid camera. It’s amazing how much better we all look without high-def!
There are 110,880 minutes in the average summer break from school, so it’s important that you set aside a few every day to do your own thing. Personally, I like starting my day with a few minutes to myself — that way there’s no one around to notice if I decide to eat chocolate pie for breakfast!