We loaded up 2 coolers with several cases of water. I filled cute Dollar Tree baskets with drink sticks (thank heavens I stocked up when they were on sale!) One basket for sugared drinks, 1 for sugar free. I also filled a basket with rolls of printed Duct tape and Scotch tape. Oldest son made me the sign and we were ready to party!
I think it worked out well. Since everyone decorated their own bottle they didn't 'lose' their drink. A few bottles were laying around after the party but nothing like the year before! The kids had fun decorating their bottles and the adults appreciated the non-carbonated drink choices. I'd call that a win-win!
Why don't I have good ideas more often?