It is ridiculous.
I fight it by forcing my non-perfect self into exposed situations: "Hey, I'll bring the snacks!" Then, I follow through with what I would normally do. My "normal" does not include decorative icing or stenciled labels, and sometimes I have to fight the urge to go in that direction. For this simple event, I did not rack my brain for ideas, order tee-ball themed cupcakes, or consult Pinterest (aka the Evil Empire of Superior Domestic Skills). I've learned that the key to fighting ridiculous notions is to stay true to myself and keep it simple.
Our team consists of 12 five-year-old boys, some with food allergies and many with little siblings. I don't know all the other mothers very well, but I know that I'm not a fan of sugary snacks, especially for a Friday night tee ball game. (I want my kids sleepy when we're done, not on a sugar high.) So, I decided to go the healthy route: sliced oranges, blueberries, and strawberries.
It made the green part of me cringe, but I put the fruit in individual plastic bags. The thought of 12 pairs of five-year-old hands, dusty and dirty from the field, dipping into a common bowl made me cringe more.
I added Capri Suns and cheese sticks (both on sale at the grocery store that week) to our cooler, along with some extra servings for little brothers and sisters.I brought a bag for the trash, and deposited the cooler in the dugout. The kids devoured the food, and I felt good about what I brought. Keeping these snacks within the realm of my normal and simply sharing them with others worked for me.
Do you ever hesitate to do something simple, like bring snacks to a tee ball game, for fear of your efforts not being perfect or fabulous enough? How do you fight it?
Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family - free printables for Mom over there today, which makes for a great *Mother's Day Idea*
One Project at a Time at Bowl Full of Lemons
and later, at Frugal Friday at Life as Mom (because this was most definitely frugal)