I feature these as family events because 1. we don't have enough family events and 2. it helps to have more adults who can wield a glue gun in the room.
I called up Payless Shoes about two weeks before the program and asked them to put some boxes aside for me. I also asked the staff (and gave them about 6 months of warning). I ended up having almost 50 shoe boxes, 99% with lids. Not too shabby!
Then, before Easter, I panicked and ran to the store to buy Peeps at about 1.07 a package. After the holiday, I saw my panic was for naught as the box store had hundreds of them left at .57 a package. You never can tell, though. I also grabbed jelly beans, Easter grass, and these marshmallow things that looked like cupcakes (and I found some Darth Vader head Easter eggs I grabbed for the Teen Lock In- see previous post).
On the big day, I filled some tables with boxes of Peeps, basic craft supplies, snacks (pretzels) and let them have at it. I had printed out some pix of Peep creations I grabbed off the web, and some from last year's event and hung them up for Peep-spi-ration. This is a super easy and fun program for all ages and I think we will be continuing the tradition for a long time to come.
To see many of the great dioramas check out my album. Dance Moms was oddly popular.