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Do you have an Open House before school starts, or a Meet & Greet the Teacher Night, and are looking for ideas?  Here's a super-simple & inexpensive one:

Each year for my Open House, as well as parent-teacher conferences, I put up a small table, covered it with a seasonal tablecloth and set a basket of mints on it, along with a sign that said: "Families Are Worth A Mint! Help yourself."

open house ideas, parent teacher conferences, ideas for parent teacher conferences, ideas for open house, back to school ideas, families are worth a mint, worth a mint sayings, worth a mint posterWhile doing research on the web, I came across a variety of similar ideas, including this adorable poem that was all over Pinterest in various forms.

There was no link to who the original writer was, so I decided to jazz this sweet sentiment up, with a bit of clip art and my original saying.

 Add a bit more color by mounting the poster on construction paper, then laminate and file away in a folder to use each year.  This is a really inexpensive way to express your appreciation, as The Dollar Store sells bags of mints year round and you can pick up all sorts of little baskets at garage sales. 

open house ideas, parent teacher conferences, ideas for parent teacher conferences, ideas for open house, back to school ideas, families are worth a mint, worth a mint sayings, worth a mint posterFor that finishing touch, and to draw attention to your basket, I've included some large mint patterns, so you can reproduce my entire display pictured in the photo.

Run the candy circles off on card stock and then tape them to long wooden skewers.  I tacked on a red bow using glue dots and then stuck my "peppermint balloons" into the basket.

One of the nice things about using peppermint, is that it's definitely NOT a favorite of children, however, it is something that adults enjoy.  (No worries about a few kids eating the entire basket.) 

If you'd prefer a smaller "bite size" mint, Sam's Club and Cost-co sell the mini butter-mints (pink, yellow, white and green) in bulk.  They have a long shelf life, so I always had plenty on hand.

open house ideas, parent teacher conferences, ideas for parent teacher conferences, ideas for open house, back to school ideas, families are worth a mint, worth a mint sayings, worth a mint posterClick on the link to view/download the Families Are Worth A Mint packet. 

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open house ideas, parent teacher conferences, ideas for parent teacher conferences, ideas for open house, back to school ideas, families are worth a mint, worth a mint sayings, worth a mint posterI hope you are enjoying your summer and starting to get excited for back to school.  Here's to the best year yet!

"Some beach somewhere, there's a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair.  Palm trees are growing, a warm breeze is blowing.  I picture myself there, on some beach somewhere." -Unknown

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