I'm sure I get some funny looks when we are out eating and the straw in my kids' cups aren't the same ones my server delivered but I have found a silly little thing that makes life a bit easier when dining out, and my kids love it.
Bring Your Own Straw
And not just any straw but a "bendy" straw. You know...these!
I picked these up for $1 (maybe at Dollar Tree, or in the dollar section at Target...I don't remember) and they are fabulous!
Why would I bring my own straw? When you have toddlers and they are given a regular straw in their kids' cup sometimes they struggle with drinking out of it. They either have to move the cup off the table, down towards their lap, to take a drink, or tip the cup to be able to drink out of it. Either way, spills usually occur.
Plus, the kids think it's fun to have some little special treat just for them.
The best way, I have found, to transport straws is with a travel toothbrush holder! I think I found the idea in a Parents magazine one time so I can't take credit for it.
I have to cut the straws to fit into the holder but that's ok since they are usually going into kid size cups anyway.
Voila! They just stay in my diaper bag (or you can put them in your purse) and you can B.Y.O.S. too!
Love and bendy straws,