I love a nice tablecloth, the perfect way to brighten up a table, protect it from scratches and cover those mismatched leaves I use to make my tables big enough for a crowd. My tablecloths have to be durable, because the children aren't the only ones who are messy eaters, and I have to wash them often (the tablecloths, not the children, who wash themselves, with varying degrees of success). The more stylish the linens, the greater the cost, in my experience, but I recently found a great inexpensive option.
Back-to-school time is always bittersweet. There's the excitement of returning to friends and favorite teachers, but it's always hard to bid goodbye to summer. One way to sweeten the return to school is to celebrate with a special after-school snack –– something that shows you’re thinking about them. Once they’ve enjoyed their cookies, it might turn into an opportunity to get them into the kitchen, whipping up another batch to share with old and new friends.