Last week the 5th graders at my kids' school hosted the staff luncheon.
Each month a grade level is in charge of hosting a luncheon for the wonderful staff at the school. Since I have a 5th grader and am the co-room rep for the 5th grade AND I have a just-as-crazy-as-I-am co-room rep partner, we met up a few months ago, came up with an idea and concept and sorta ran with it.
Given that the month we were assigned to (December) and the fact that it was scheduled for the first week back after Thanksgiving break and since December is already filled with lots of delicious, but heavy foods, we wanted to go light and a bit good-for-you on the food side. We decided to do a sandwich bar with salads. We also decided against doing a "holiday" or "winter" theme and wanted to do something a bit more fun and unexpected!
We found a school theme online and fell in love with it. We loved that the color theme was red, green, white and black and included chalkboard, but wasn't too Christmasy.
Here is what almost 2 months of planning, sewing, creating, making, organizing and sneaking around looked like....
The backdrop to the goodies table, we created a "chalkboard" backdrop using black butcher paper and cut out a white tree with white butcher paper. There are 7 main branches (done on purpose) to represent the 7 pinnacles of educational excellence that our school stands by. (we wrote those 7 pinnacles on each branch) Also I cut out an apple card with my Silhouette Cameo, one for each staff member, wrote each staff members name on the front and "snuck" the cards into the school and had various kids write a note to each staff member. We taped the apples to the tree.
Aaron (my co-room rep) made the apple shaped cake pops and we added those as the centerpieces to the table where the staff sat to eat.
I happened to have that "report card" tray, which I added chalk too on top of a stack of old books I brought from home.
Aaron also made these to-die-for and oh so CUTE mini cakes for each staff member who had a December birthday.
The December birthdays also received a little goodie back with apple scented hand soap and an apple scented candle.
We bagged chips into notebook mini bags and added a cute label.
Since it's December and it's cold and it just so happen to be a very cold day, the Hot Chocolate Bar was very popular. We also had apple cider too.
The main course was a Sandwich Bar where there were a few selections of different breads, meats, cheeses and veggies. We also had potato salad and fruit salad.
We purchased the utensils in bulk online and hand stamped each one with cute little notes like "celebrate" and "thank you so much". I had found apple napkins at IKEA that went perfectly with our theme which we wrapped one around each set of utensils with bakers twine.
Not pictured is the cucumber infused water in a large glass beverage container.
The pendant banner pictured above is one we both spent time sewing and had it strung in a zig zag pattern across the room.
A pulled back shot of the room. We took a very cluttered and messy staff lounge and created a very nice space for them to sit down and enjoy their lunch. They LOVED it!! In fact a few of them came back for seconds :)