This is one of our favorite traditions. Every year around the first day of summer break, I swap out the backpacks and surprise them with some summer celebration mudroom decor! Out with the books and lunch boxes and in with some fresh (and inexpensive) summer toys. It’s always a surprise when I’m going to set it up for them. I usually pick a theme, and this year it was cacti since I apparently can’t get enough of plants right now. 😉 (HERE’s one plant I’m working hard at keeping alive…have you tried this one??).
Anyway, the big cactus sprinklers will make for hours of summer fun with our new neighborhood pals. And what better way to towel off than those huge, fluffy beach towels? 😑 FAIL. Instead I bought cacti hand towels, but hey! Ya can’t win ’em all, right? Sidewalk chalk is a must, and the beach balls and cactus sippy cups were a fun little touch, too. This year, I set this all up while they were resting. The girls were so excited to come downstairs and see this. In our fam, this signals that summer fun has BEGUN! (It also forces me to clean out their backpacks before the start of school NEXT year…which I have been known to put off until then, yikes. 🥴)
If our little tradition sounds like something your kiddos might like, here are a few more ideas for some summer celebration mudroom decor fun!