Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids)

Our PTA Hospitality threw this Back to School Appreciation Luncheon for our teachers a couple of years ago, and I have been so excited to share what we did with you!!  I went on the hunt for the pictures of the event, …. only to find out that the pictures are awful- UGH!!   Totally grainy!!   So, I decided to set up everything I could in our dining room to show you what it was supposed to look like.  End Result:  Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids). LOL!!

I will be writing this post in 2 parts:  

Back to School Teacher Luncheon (school party) in the FIRST part, and 

Back to School Kids Party (house party) in the SECOND part.

***All of the information can be used for both events, just scale up or down to fit your needs.***


BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

A Back to School party is a perfect way to welcome teachers for the upcoming school year.  It lets them know how much they are appreciated, and is a great introduction to what they can expect from the parents who support their schools and community.  

We threw our luncheon a week before school began, when the teachers were having their pre-school inservice and workshop days.  It gave them a much needed break between their meetings, and it was the perfect time for fellowship with all of the new teachers.

Here is one of the pictures from our school event below. (Sorry it’s so grainy)!!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon:

And here is a picture that I set up in our dining room below.  Much better quality – right?

At Our House:

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BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

INSPIRATION: 

I just wanted to give a shout out to the bloggers/websites who sparked the inspiration for the luncheon.  Check out their posts – they are crazy good!! 

P.S. (The last link is broken -sorry.  The blogger may be updating her website.  Check back with it later).

source: ironandtwine.blogspot.com
source: countryliving.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: theglamoroushousewife.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

THE PLANNING STAGE for TEACHER LUNCHEON:

I’m going to keep this part as simple as possible.  There are all kinds of factors that go into planning a school event like this:  

  1.   Number of Teachers/Staff:  Ours = 150
  2.   Venue:  Ours = School Cafeteria
  3.   Budget (private info, but enough for catered meal)
  4.   Food:  Ours = Catered BBQ Meal
  5.   Decor:  Ours = I bought things personally and used items I already owned, to keep decorating costs to a minimum

LAYOUT:  

I always do a rough sketch so that I have an idea of spacing when trying to plan decorations, food & drinks, etc. for large events like these.  

DECORATIONS USED:

*** Remember to ask you school rep what they like for events like these (food and decor), and don’t forget about function.  What?  In other words, don’t OVER DO the decorations!!  You are serving and appreciating the teachers, not impressing other moms – LOL ūüėČ ***

Since our school rep told us to keep decor to a minimum, I planned out our decorations at my house first.  This way, I would be able to see how much room they took up on my own kitchen table. 

You don’t want to block sight lines (keep things low), and they need enough room to put their plates and drinks down (without a lot of stuff to move around).   I even sat in one of my chairs at home to see if I could see over the decorations.  

Here is a picture of some of the decorations so that you can understand the layout sketch (above)  better.

ACTUAL EVENT:

Here is what it looked like (again sorry these are so grainy)!!  Keep scrolling down for the better pictures at my house.

 

 

 

***NOTE***  FOR BACK TO SCHOOL KIDS PARTY – KEEP SCROLLING DOWN


SUPPLIES FOR 150 TEACHERS/STAFF LUNCHEON

TABLE DECOR:

  1.  ROLL OF BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here or BLACK plastic RECTANGULAR TABLE COVERS
  2.  12 LARGE RED APPLES (for tables)
  3.  1 YELLOW DAISY BUSHEL (pulled off individually for red apple toppers)
  4.  12 MASON JARS (with red gingham ribbon 7/8″– optional)
  5.  96 YELLOW PENCILS 

TABLE CENTERPIECES:

  1.  PAPER RULERS – 4 SETS (copy paper, packing tape, ruler, black marker, 6″ number stencils)
  2.  4 RED GINGHAM FABRIC TABLE SQUARES or (plastic table covers), runners 
  3.  * RED RIC RAC – optional *
  4.  2 WHITE PITCHERS – 8″H, 10″H
  5.  2 MINI CHALKBOARDS WITH RED GINGHAM RIBBON – 3/8″ (for pitchers)
  6.  WHITE CHALK
  7.  2 YELLOW DAISY BUSHELS (for pitchers)
  8.  2 WHITE CHALKBOARD CRATES, similar – (with 2 empty shirt boxes each) 
  9.  10  RED NAPKINS (for crates), red check napkins
  10.  5 BAGS OF FUJI APPLES (for crates)
  11. * 3 RED CHECK RIBBON (BOWS) – optional *

WALL DECOR:

  1.  BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here, OR PLASTIC TABLE COVERS –  (backdrop for lunch bags)
  2.  12 BROWN PAPER LUNCH BAGS
  3.  CHALK *(and/or chalk marker – use on BAGS ONLY, NOT ON CHALKBOARD)*
  4.  JUTE STRING (for lunch bags)
  5.  12 PAPER CLIPS (for lunch bags)
  6.  CLEAR TAPE (for lunch bags)
  7.   * 3 RED DOT PAPER LANTERNS, red & white paper fans, – optional *

FLOOR DECOR:

  1.  MENU FLOOR CHALKBOARD, similar
  2.  * LADDER – optional *
  3.  * HANGING WELCOME SIGN OR HANGING CHALKBOARD – optional *

CATERED MEAL: 

  1. Spring Creek BBQ, Katy, TX (they were incredible to work with!!)

MAKING DECORATIONS

TABLE DECOR:

  • APPLES WITH DAISIES – Gently pull off one yellow daisy from the bushel for each apple.  You will need a bushel with 12 yellow daisies if using 12 apples for decorating.  Just set the yellow daisy on top of each apple.

  • MASON JARS/PENCILS I used 8 pencils per mason jar for the luncheon and added a small red gingham ribbon (optional).  We let the teachers take the pencils with them (if they wanted).

TABLE CENTERPIECES:

  • RED GINGHAM FABRIC  – I cut 4 pieces of red gingham fabric (squares) with shearing scissors (just so they wouldn’t fray too much) ~34″L x 21″W.  Then, I added red ric rac trim with hot glue to one side only (to save money) on 2 of them. 

So the 2 ric rac squares went with the pitcher centerpieces, and the 2 plain squares went with the white crates (for the luncheon tables).  

  • WHITE PITCHERS –  Take 2 white pitchers and fill with one bushel of yellow daisies to each pitcher.  I tied a mini chalkboard with red gingham ribbon, and wrote Daisies $ .25 for fun.

 

  • WHITE CRATES & RED NAPKINS – Take one of the crates and line the inside with red napkins – I used 4 napkins for this part.  Then use 2-3 shirt boxes that can fit inside, and top with another red napkin (total of 5 red napkins/crate).  Repeat for 2nd crate.

Fill your crates with bags of apples.  I think we used 10-11 bags (5 each crate) of apples to fill our crates for the luncheon.  The yellowish/pinkish apples look really pretty in here, just to make it look more authentic.  We gave the apples to the teachers after the luncheon.

 

 

For the teacher party, we used 2 large red gingham bows (see below picture)  to tie onto each crate.    They were used as accents to bring in a little extra red and white to the top of the crates.

  • PAPER RULERS –   I split mine up into 2 parts:  (1-2-3) and (4-5-6).  I wanted to be able to have options when decorating, and also to make transporting them to school easier.  

Use 3 sheets of copy paper and tape together (at long ends) with packing tape.  With a ruler, mark 11 inches on the top and bottom of all 3 sheets (will be where you taped).   See  picture below.

3 Sheets of copy paper = 1st part (1-2-3), 3 Sheets of copy paper = 2nd part (4-5-6)

*** NOTE:  The top 3 sheets of paper aren’t taped on the picture below – I just wanted you to have a visual reference.  Make sure you TAPE the ends together BEFORE marking measurements.  Otherwise the marks will not line up correctly!!  Trust me ūüėČ ***

Now, mark 5.5 inches on top and bottom of all 3 sheets.   Then mark 2.75 inches, and 8.25 inches on both sides also.   * See picture below for closeups *

*** In these pictures, I have mine marked on the BOTTOM of the 1st sheet.  You will repeat the same steps for sheets 2 and 3.  Then you will do the same markings again on the TOP part of all 3 sheets.  Hope that makes sense.  ***

***TIP*** Put marks on your actual ruler (with a pencil) so that you don’t have to remember the different measurements each time.  It will save you LOTS of time!!

* Here below, you can see there are lines that are not labeled.  They will roughly be 1.25 – 1.5 inches (I just marked a middle spot – eyeing it without measuring for mine). *  

Once you have all of your measurements marked on both sides of your paper, you will draw ONE line for the 11 inch markings only.  

The other markings are at different lengths to make it look like a real ruler.  Here are the lengths that I used:

  • 5.5 inch marking = 1.5 inch LONG
  • 2.75 inch marking = 1 inch LONG
  • 8.25 inch marking = 1 inch LONG
  • 1.25 inch marking – .5 inch LONG

STENCILS:  Now, use your 6 inch number stencils, and mark your numbers a little to the left of the 11 inch marking.  Use your black magic marker and color in all of the numbers AND go over ALL other markings.  They will need to be dark to see through the tape.

TAPING:    You will use your packing tape to cover your ruler – going in vertical strips (top to bottom).  This is very time consuming, so if you can laminate, go that route!! haha!!   

***TIP***  I recommend tearing a long piece of tape off that will cover the front part and the top and bottom edges.  Then after the FRONT part is done, turn over to tape the BACK SIDE.

Just a FYI – there will be ripples in the tape sometimes.  So, don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect.  The main thing is that the ruler is protected for those “spills” that WILL happen. LOL!!


WALL DECOR:

  • PAPER BAGS (BACK TO SCHOOL SIGN) –  Sketch the letters by hand (or use stencils) onto the front side of your brown paper lunch bag, and use chalk or chalk marker to fill in.  Use random strokes to make it look more like a chalkboard.

Tuck jute string underneath the top flap fold (on back side) and secure with paper clip.  This will help you be able to slide the bags for spacing preferences, and will help hold the bags from sliding down the string.

Tape on the wall in a “smiling” curved u-shape.  See pictures further down the post.

 

  • For the teacher luncheon, we taped black craft paper against the cafeteria wall for the “blackboard” backdrop.    Then we added red polka dot tissue lanterns to tie in our red and white colors theme, and to add contrast to the wall.
  • For my house kids party, I used my navy wall as the backdrop, but used the red gingham bows as accents.  These were the bows that I used for the white crates (teacher luncheon).

FLOOR DECOR: (FOR TEACHER LUNCHEON)

MENU CHALKBOARD – I used this chalkboard to list all of the menu items for our teachers.  Since we were having a BBQ dinner , I thought it would be cute to let the teachers know what all of the “fixins” were – LOL!!

I couldn’t remember exactly what we served, but oh well!!  I just wanted to show it to yall anyway. ūüôā

LADDER WITH WELCOME ARROW SIGN – We also used my blue ladder and welcome arrow sign for the “Welcome” Back To School Wall behind the food tables at our teacher luncheon.  It has little lights on it, so it just added a little whimsy to our BBQ-themed lunch.

Here it is in my house – see picture below.


Here is the list again  (so you don’t have to scroll up).  *NOTE – IT’S IN LARGE QUANTITIES*

*SUPPLIES FOR 150 TEACHERS/STAFF LUNCHEON*

TABLE DECOR:

  1.  ROLL OF BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here or BLACK plastic RECTANGULAR TABLE COVERS
  2.  12 LARGE RED APPLES (for tables)
  3.  1 YELLOW DAISY BUSHEL (pulled off individually for red apple toppers)
  4.  12 MASON JARS (with red gingham ribbon 7/8″– optional)
  5.  96 YELLOW PENCILS 

TABLE CENTERPIECES:

  1.  PAPER RULERS – 4 SETS (copy paper, packing tape, ruler, black marker, 6″ number stencils)
  2.  4 RED GINGHAM FABRIC TABLE SQUARES or (plastic table covers), runners 
  3.  * RED RIC RAC – optional *
  4.  2 WHITE PITCHERS – 8″H, 10″H
  5.  2 MINI CHALKBOARDS WITH RED GINGHAM RIBBON – 3/8″ (for pitchers)
  6.  WHITE CHALK
  7.  2 YELLOW DAISY BUSHELS (for pitchers)
  8.  2 WHITE CHALKBOARD CRATES, similar – (with 2 empty shirt boxes each) 
  9.  10  RED NAPKINS (for crates), red check napkins
  10.  5 BAGS OF FUJI APPLES (for crates)
  11. * 3 RED CHECK RIBBON (BOWS) – optional *

WALL DECOR:

  1.  BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here, OR PLASTIC TABLE COVERS –  (backdrop for lunch bags)
  2.  12 BROWN PAPER LUNCH BAGS
  3.  CHALK *(and/or chalk marker – use on BAGS ONLY, NOT ON CHALKBOARD)*
  4.  JUTE STRING (for lunch bags)
  5.  12 PAPER CLIPS (for lunch bags)
  6.  CLEAR TAPE (for lunch bags)
  7.   * 3 RED DOT PAPER LANTERNS, red & white paper fans, – optional *

FLOOR DECOR:

  1.  MENU FLOOR CHALKBOARD, similar
  2.  * LADDER – optional *
  3.  * HANGING WELCOME SIGN OR HANGING CHALKBOARD – optional *

CATERED MEAL: 

  1. Spring Creek BBQ, Katy, TX (they were incredible to work with!!)

BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

SUPPLIES for house KIDS PARTY:

Use the LIST (ABOVE) for the teacher luncheon and pick out the things you would want to use for your back to school kids party.  You can use the pictures below to help plan your house party. 

Here are pictures of the decorations that I set up in our dining room.  

NO BOWS:

WITH BOWS:

2 SETS OF RULERS:

WITH 3 SETS OF RULERS:

This is where the ruler split into 2 parts, comes in handy.  I was able to put them at the ends to make a frame.  

LUNCH BAGS FLAT:

WITH BAGS OPEN:

CLOSEUPS:

 

 

 

 

 

So …… which pictures do you like the most?  Are you a bows type of girl, or not?  Do you like the 2 sets of ruler table runners or the framed out ruler table runners?  Do you like the lunch bags opened or closed?

Hopefully, you found some inspiration, ideas, and helpful tips for your Back To School Teacher Party or Back to School Kids Party.  If you have any questions, shoot me an email.  I might have left something out (there was a lot to cover) – LOL!!

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WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL 2019-2020!!

LOVE & HUGS ūüôā

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Let it Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 3: The Event)

Woohoo!!¬† I am sooooo happy to FINALLY be showing y’all pictures of our¬† Let it Snow DONUT Christmas Party!!¬† We had our event a little over a week ago, and it was a huge success.¬† We received a ton of compliments on¬† planning (decorations, invitations, setup, and food), execution of those plans, and overall great party atmosphere.¬† ¬†YAY!!¬† WE DID IT!!

There were 162 members who showed up to participate in the philanthropy crafts, and we couldn’t be happier with all of the items that were completed.¬† These philanthropies rely on organizations like our’s to help them out (especially during the Christmas season), and we feel that we completed our mission.¬†

The Let it Snow Party provided the perfect backdrop and ambiance to get all of our philanthropy crafts taken care of, and we were just so proud of how it all came together!¬† ***FYI***¬† GRAB a drink and a chair….because this is NOT a cliff notes short version -lol!!!¬† But it is soooo worth your time – I promise!!¬† So, Let’s get to it.


LET IT SNOW – DONUT CHRISTMAS PARTY

(Part 2:  THE EVENT)

The pictures that I am showing will be either the planning stage, pre-event stage , or some during the actual event.  There will not be a lot of pictures with members (due to privacy policies) but I do have a handful so you can see this very special group of moms & daughters!!

The place that we hosted our event is The Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas.¬† Their Mission:¬† “Through the Grace of God, The Brookwood Community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and provides meaning and purpose for adults with disabilities.”¬† ¬†This is a beautiful place with lots to offer –¬† an adorable cafe, a beautiful retail shop, and stunning facilities to tour.¬† All of the poinsettias (that we used to decorate) are grown in their nursery.¬† If you are near this area- please stop in.¬† You will be beyond impressed and you will leave with a heart full of love!!¬† ¬†broowoodcommunity.org.¬† ¬†Words cannot express how grateful our organization is to Brookwood for allowing us to use their facility for our Holiday Philanthropy Fair!!¬† THANKS Brookwood!!


I will break these pictures up into 7 GROUPS to make this little tour easier to navigate!   ***If you missed the planning posts and want to see more, click HERE Рfor decoration planning, and HERE for food planning.***

  1.  STAGE
  2. TABLES
  3. BLUE WALL SIGNS
  4. COTTON BALL SNOWMAN
  5. BACK WINDOWS
  6. SELFIE STATION
  7. ENTRANCE

1) STAGE:

Brookwood provided the 2 gorgeous Christmas trees, stage lights, gazebo pieces, and all table and chairs.  Then it was up to us to transform the facility into a winter wonderland of donuts and snowflakes. 


¬†The gazebo “snow house” is where all of the girls and moms take their class picture, so it had to be big and bold!¬† I think we got it- do you??

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to add color and fill a space is with empty wrapped Christmas presents.¬† We had our moms bring extra boxes and specific colors of wrapping paper to our work day……and then added them wherever we needed a “punch of color.”¬† ¬† Just make for sure you stick to no more than 3 colors:¬† we used pink/white, blue/white, silver/gold.

Do you remember some of the items from the planning post- Part 1?   I LOVE how it all came together!!   Below is a BEFORE picture from the planning post.


2)  TABLES: 

PHILANTHROPY, REGISTRATION, SENIOR RECOGNITION, & FOOD

We had to make a couple of changes to our table arrangement/setup because there were not enough rectangular tables….so we used round tables.¬† ¬† For event planning, there are ALWAYS things that are not going to work like you “thought,” so just be prepared to roll with the flow.¬† We set up a day before to try to take care of all the things that might (will – lol) have to be changed.

PHILANTHROPY TABLES:

For the tables we used 2 different turquoise plastic table covers (one solid, one polka dot), and then satin round turquoise table covers.¬† I’m soooooo glad I brought the 2 tubs of white and turquoise fabric table covers (from our organization) as backups……because – well – we needed them!!

And remember¬† the¬† handmade “lollipops”from the planning post…..see picture below.¬† These are perfect for table centerpieces because the sand in the pots hold all types of signs.¬†¬†


My co-chair made the adorable snowflake signs with her cricket for each of the 13 participating philanthropies Рtoo cute!! ( THANKS A!!) 

REGISTRATION TABLES:

The registration tables worked beautifully…..after the committee turned the tables into a L-shape!¬† This change created much better flow, and¬†gave this corner a cozy feel.

The silver snowflake name tags and donut ornaments worked perfectly with our Let it Snow Donut theme.  The polka dot name tag boxes sealed the deal Рlove these!!  Click HERE for diy Christmas donut ornaments post.

The before pic….see below.¬† We had these letters already (in storage), so I just simply added the pink tulle and dot ribbon for a little whimsy.¬† Then I used the silver chargers and stands that we also had, to make the letters look like signs.

SENIOR RECOGNITION TABLE:

This table was used to sell tickets for our senior recognition event, so I decided to make it fun and crazy!!  The NCL letters worked great with the 2 small white trees and donut ornaments.  Once again I added some ribbon and small ornaments to the letters to customize them.

And the pre-planning….see pictures below.

We replaced the 2 fuchsia wreaths with snowflake signs, and then used the wreaths underneath the 2 white trees.¬† This table really “popped” with all of the contrasting colors, and gave a TON of personality to a blank space!!

FOOD TABLES:

Wow…..Wow…..WOW!!¬† The food committee chairs and committee knocked it out of the park!!¬† I met with the 2 chairs for all of the “donut” shaped food ideas we needed to incorporate – and they nailed it!!¬† And of course – the DONUT wall we borrowed from one of our other member (thanks T!!) – it stole the show!!

BEFORE picture of the food/drinks setup area.
and AFTER…… What do you think about the DONUT WALL???¬† I LOVE IT!!¬†¬†
Remember the snowman skewers (bottom right) and donut holes Christmas trees from (Part 2- food planning)…..well here they are!!¬† We added the adorable tiffany blue stands (that we had in storage) to give the table a little glam and the pom pom garland with donut ornaments to add a little fun!¬† The polka dot table cover finished the whimsical look off perfectly!!¬† But what really makes it POP – is the “DONUT GOLD LETTERS!”¬† Great job ladies!!
From the precious homemade cupcakes to the rice kripsies “donuts”¬†(also from Part 2), all of the colors fit exactly as planned.¬†¬†
Rice Krispies “donuts” made by one of our moms and her daughter!!¬† They did a great job!
Above Рis another before picture so you can see the table arrangement.  
And our girls wanted the “fruit” Christmas tree- adorable!
What is the “white” in the jars…..not milk??¬† It’s sugar – genius idea food committee!!¬† And those sprinkled donut holes are so fun!
I have to brag on these ladies – they REALLY did a fantastic job!!¬† Even the donut icing is perfect!!¬† Can’t have a DONUT Christmas party without going BIG on the donuts!

3)  BLUE WALL SIGNS

What is a girl supposed to do when she cannot remove (9) 4×4′ canvas fruits and veggies prints from the wall…..well she creates 9 Christmas word signs using the “O’S”¬† as donuts!!¬† These 9 blue wall signs completed the DONUT party theme!!¬† The blue created our “winter” color, and the hanging donuts added to our donut-themed Christmas Party.¬†¬†

They were a LITTLE tricky to execute – so that we would not damage the existing prints, but our moms did it!!¬† And they turned out great!! BELOW – is a BEFORE picture of the five prints on the left side…..and then the after with them covered.

And AFTER…..
Those 2’s are made with the DONUT ornaments that our girls made – too cute!!¬†¬†
BEFORE….. this is where the food tables are.¬† JOY and HOPE signs.
work in progress….
BEFORE picture of back wall…..NOEL on left LOVE on right.¬† I did not take a picture of the noel sign¬† – cry cry- sniff, sniff!!!¬† But I did mock ups of all of them so you can see what it was supposed to look like.
So, this is how the signs were all planned out.¬† I laid the 4×4′ blue wrapping paper down and placed all of the accessories on top how I wanted them to look.¬† This allowed me to figure out which donut color went with the different letter colors, and also spacing.¬† This is also how I knew that I needed something extra covering the bottom portion.
So, I sprayed the bottom portion with “spray on” fake snow…..
…… and then added the different sized cotton balls to that!!!¬† The cotton balls were not very cooperative sticking onto the fake snow – LOL, but they eventually stayed put!!
I think they ended up looking like snow globes – what do you think??

4.  COTTON BALL SNOWMAN

Remember the Christmas Snowman diy cotton ball wreath……well here it is!¬† There are¬† 2 roll top doors (like accordion style bread bins) on the kitchen walls that were kind of eye sores.¬† YIKES!!¬† I really felt like we needed to cover at least one of those doors – just for aesthetic reasons.¬† So, that’s exactly what we did.

BEFORE….with door open.
….and AFTER !!¬† Popped in a couple of poinsettias to try to hide that cord & it was perfect!!
Here is the pre-planning stage at my house.  I used the same blue wrapping paper that I used for the blue word signs so that all of the walls would look uniform.
And here is a wider view so you can see it with the word signs.¬† I decided not to do the other rolling door to the right of the donut wall, so we it wouldn’t have to compete with any other decor.¬† ¬† It was definitely the right call!!¬†¬†

5.  BACK WINDOWS

The back window decorations went just as planned.  There were 4 sets (of 2 together), so I just used 2 at my house to plan them out.  We used the snowflakes again (that the girls made) and a couple of larger snowflakes to take up more window space.  Then we used the same white tinsel (like the blue word signs) to tie the windows and wall decor together.

BEFORE picture…..
and AFTER…..
BEFORE picture…..
and AFTER…..
planning it at my house …..

6.  SELFIE STATION

INCREDIBLY TALENTED!!¬† One of our moms (and her husband) created this one-of-a-kind snowman selfie station for us!!¬† She drew it out, and he built it from wood – genius!!¬† I can’t say enough how fabulous this was.¬† All of the moms and daughters LOVED taking pictures with these snowmen and her adorable handmade props!!¬† It is going to make very memorable mother-daughter photos.¬† Thanks so much N!!

and all of the adorable props she made…..
and with the huge pool float donut (brought by another mom)….¬† Precious – right??!!¬† Who wouldn’t want to take a selfie with those??

7.  ENTRANCE

In the entrance, we placed the beautiful red poinsettias (from Brookwood) on and around more wrapped presents to add color and height.  We had the girls make the sign on the chalkboard  (since it was really THEIR party Рwink, wink), and we used one of the adorable cricket snowflakes again to seal the deal!!

BEFORE picture……
and AFTER…..

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 

That’s me on top left ūüėČ

LOVE & HUGS ūüôā

And here is our adorable t-shirt created by my co-chair…..Amazing job A!!
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Let It Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 2: Food Planning)

Hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving and now entering into full Christmas mode- shopping, decorating, and party planning!!¬† It’s such a magical season, and our Lord Jesus’s birthday – so light it up!!¬† Ok, so if you are joining in from Let It Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 1:¬† Planning Stage) welcome.¬† If not, check that post out so you don’t miss the decorating planning stage.¬† ¬†It will provide tips and decorating inspiration for a fabulous DONUT Christmas party winter wonderland!!¬† Now, for our next step:¬† Let it Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 2:¬† Food Planning).

***UPDATE***  Let it Snow РDONUT Christmas Party (Part 3:  The Event) is now ready!!  See how all of the planning came together for an adorable party!!


Let it Snow РDONUT Christmas Party (Part 2:  Food Planning)

I love all of the food ideas that can go with the Let It Snow theme…..and then combined with the Donut Sprinkles theme.¬† For our event, the girls chose the colors blue and white with a pink accent.¬† So when searching for food items, I tried to pick things that would go with their chosen color scheme and also with the DONUT Christmas theme.

***I also made for sure that I had sweets and snack foods.  The moms who co-chaired this event last year gave us that little pointer.  So, I tried to make sure we would have healthy and hardy along with our sweets. ***

I looked for:¬† Christmas items, donut items, blue icing/or pink icing items, and items in the shapes of donuts (like cute fruit and sandwiches).¬† So definitely check those out.¬† ***Click on the link below the picture for information on each food item.***¬† I can’t wait to post pictures of the actual event and see how the yummy treats and snacks turn out!!

FOOD GROUPS:

  1. Christmas items
  2. Donut Bar
  3. Donuts
  4. Sanwiches shaped like donuts
  5. Fruit & Rice Krispies “donuts”
  6. Cake Pops
  7. Donut Cakes
  8. Candy Jars
  9. Drinks

 1. CHRISTMAS ITEMS

NO. 1

source: thehouseofhendrix.com

NO. 2

source: lovefromtheoven.com

NO.3

source: brit.co

NO. 4

source: delish.com

NO.5

source: karaspartyideas.com

NO.6

source: sugarberrysweets.us


2.  DONUT BAR

NO. 7

source: kateaspen.com

NO. 8

source: elegantweddinginvites.com

NO. 9

source: somethingturquoise.com

NO. 10

source: weddingwire.com


3.  DONUTS

NO. 11

source: private

NO. 12

source: whattheforkfoodblog.com

NO. 13

source: dessertfortwo.com

NO. 14

source: alattefood.com


4.  SANDWICHES (SHAPED LIKE DONUTS)

NO.  15

source: thomasbreads.com

NO. 16

source: bagelgrove.com

NO. 17

source: thomasbreads.com


5.¬† FRUIT AND RICE KRISPIES “DONUTS”

NO. 18

source: hellowonderful.co

NO. 19

source: nourishyourglow.com

NO. 20

source: private

NO. 21

source: butterwithasideofbread.com


6.  CAKE POPS

NO. 22

source: karaspartyideas.com

NO. 23

source: springlane.de

NO. 24

source: brit.co


7.  DONUT CAKES

NO. 25

source: thelittleepicurean.com

NO. 26

source: sprinklebakes.com

NO. 27

source: thecakeblog.com


8.  CANDY JARS

NO. 28

source: catchmyparty.com


9.  DRINKS

NO. 29

source: brit.co

NO. 30

source: orientaltrading.com

***TIP***¬† For an adult party, you could put a flavored “mommy” drink in a cute glass and use the sprinkles for the rims.


Hope you got plenty of inspiration to get your Let it Snow DONUT Christmas Party Planning up and running!!¬† Let me know which ones you pick.¬† Can’t wait to see your ideas!!

If you want more donut party ideas follow my Pinterst board Sprinkle Kindness& Christmas Donut Party.

***CLICK LET IT SNOW РDONUT CHRISTMAS PARTY (PART 3:  THE EVENT) to see how all of the planning came together***

HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK!!¬† LOVE & HUGS ūüôā

 

Want more Christmas Inspiration? Try Christmas Dining Room, Christmas Stairs, or Christmas Front Door Wreaths.

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Let It Snow – DONUT Christmas Party (Part 1: Planning Stage)

I am planning a Christmas Party with another mom for an organization that my girls belong to, and we needed a cute idea for the theme.¬† ¬† Most of the traditional Christmas themes have been done like a zillion times, and we thought it would be fun to try something a little different.¬† Initially, I liked the idea – ” let it snow”, but unfortunately the place where we are having it doesn’t allow glitter.¬† Bummer- there goes that idea.¬† So, I kept searching through pinterest and began to notice a lot of “donut sprinkles” ideas show up.¬† Another adorable theme, but no shimmery Christmas donut ideas popped up.¬† Bummer X2!!!¬† And let me¬† tell you….. there is NOTHING on this idea….. with these 2 themes joined together.

Light bulb moment:¬† I thought of our adorable donut bar (see food section below) we borrowed for our school’s 8th grade dance last year…..but still no combo ideas to get inspiration from!!¬† So, what’s a blogger supposed to do??¬† Well, make a combo idea come to life:¬† enter “Let it Snow” + “Donut Sprinkles” =¬† Let it Snow – DONUT Christmas Party with the “o” in snow as a donut!!¬† And the LOVE STORY begins – hahaha!!!

There is so much information (= adorable goodies) to cover …. that I decided to split this event into 3 posts. The first 2 parts of the series will have several tutorials attached (I will get to these asap)!!

  1.  Part 1:  Planning Stage
  2.  Part 2:  Food & Snacks
  3.  Part 3:  The Actual Event

Here is the PREVIEW of some of the items we will be using!!

***NOTE*** Part 2 AND Part 3 ARE BOTH done Рwoohoo!!  Click Let It Snow РDONUT Christmas Party (Part 2:  Food Planning) for donut and Christmas themed food!!  Click Let It Snow РDONUT Christmas Party (Part 3:  The Event) to see how it all came together!!


LET IT SNOW РDONUT CHRISTMAS PARTY (PART 1:  PLANNING STAGE)

***This post contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from those links, at no extra cost to you.¬† I only choose products that support my blog content, and are intended to help you, my reader.¬† This allows me to write free content.¬† Thanks for your support!*** ūüôā¬†¬†

***FYI – The event will take place in early December at a beautiful place that needs a little ” decorating love” for Christmas events.¬† They do provide Christmas trees and other items to set the stage, but of course we want to add some extras!!¬† These items I’m showing are just a little set up of what we will be using, and I will post pictures when it is all set up.***

***NOTE:¬† the 3 white fence posts (stands) are part of our organization’s personal decorations, but we will be using them.¬† I will try to find out how to make them, but until then see Donut Party Shop at the end of the post for more info.¬† Aren’t they adorable??***

Looking for more Christmas DIY Ideas:  Try Buffalo Check DIY Snow-Woman or Buffalo Check DIY Ornament Balls, Want more Christmas Inspirations:  Try 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths or 33 Ideas РDecorating Stairs for Christmas

***Want to SHOP this Post?  Scroll to the end of the post for DONUT PARTY SHOP***


Let is Snow РDONUT Christmas Party (Part 1:  Planning Stage)

THE VISION:  

  1.   Donut Ornament Invitations
  2.   Colors:  Blue + white + pink  (the girls chose these colors)
  3.   Snow Рish decorations
  4.   Whimsical decorations
  5.   Donut decorations
  6.   Food:  Donut shaped food (next post Рpart 2)

DONUT ORNAMENT INVITATIONS  

NOTE:¬† I created all of these through Canva, each with a little different personality¬† The first three were voted on by the girls,¬† but were not chosen.¬† Cry-Cry, Sniff-Sniff!¬† ¬†But it’s my blog, so I’m using my ideas – LOL!!!¬† Just wanted to be honest!¬†¬†The Christmas tree one I did earlier, so I included it here as well.¬† *** fyi- all names & addresses have been changed for safety reasons ūüėČ ***

  1.  Colorful                                                                                                                   2.  Candyland

 

3.    Sophisticated                                                                                                        4.  Whimsical

 


COLORS:  BLUE + WHITE + PINK

These blue and white “lollipops” immediately came to mind.¬† I used these as flowers for my “flower pot cupcake party” several times now, and knew I would just have to convert them into lollipops.¬† These will be used as table centerpieces for the event.¬† Click here How to Make the Perfect Bow.

*** STAY TUNED***¬† I’ll do a tutorial on these lollipops soon, and I’ll add the flower pot cupcake party too.



SNOW-ISH DECORATIONS

I knew we would need to have a TON of white:¬† ¬†snowflakes, fake snow items, shimmery tinsel & garland,¬† and pom poms (cotton balls) because they’re just too fun!!

Inspiration photo:                                                                                 Trial Photo:  My house

source: jamiedphoto.com

 

 

Pom Pom Garland with bells                                                                  More Pom Pom Garland

 

Christmas Snowman:¬† DIY Cotton Ball Wreath…. is Ready!!¬†¬†Click link for the tutorial

 


DONUT DECORATIONS:

Donut floats:  on shiplap wall

 

Donut Ornaments:   from pool noodles.  ***  TUTORIAL is  ready!!***  Click DIY Donut Christmas Ornaments using Pool Noodles.

Donut ornaments with fake icing                                                    Donut ornaments with snow (cotton balls)

 

 

 


*** FOOD:  DONUT SHAPED FOOD INSPIRATION (part 2 coming soon) is done!!  Click Let It Snow РDONUT Christmas Party (Part 2:  Food Planning) to get tips & donut party food inspiration***

FOOD INSPIRATION:¬† (just a little teaser….)

source: love the dress

 


So, “donut” you just love the theme – knee slap, snort-snort!!!¬† Wow – I am really getting old here!!¬† I gotta have a little fun with it to keep my sanity sometimes ūüėČ

FEEDBACK:

Will you try Let it Snow РDONUT Christmas Party (Part 1:  Planning Stage) tips & tutorials?

Which one of the invitations is your favorite, and would you use it???

What is your favorite part of the planning stage so far?¬† The colors?¬† The donut floats?¬† The donut ornaments?¬† The fake “snow”?¬† Let me know what you’re thinking – I’d love to hear from you!!

Have a great week!!¬† Love & Hugs ūüôā

 

Want more Christmas DIY Ideas:  Try Buffalo Check DIY Snow-Woman, Buffalo Check DIY Ornament Balls, or Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath.

Want more Christmas Inspiratons:  Try 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths or 33 Ideas РDecorating Stairs for Christmas


*****DONUT PARTY SHOP*****

  1. Donut Floats                                                                      2.  White Christmas Tree, 2FT  3FT

4E√ʬĬôs Novelty Inflatable Donut Tubes Decoration Pack of 12, Great Pool and Beach Party Favor Supplies, 15" Bulk Party Favors

 

3.  Turquoise Paper Fans                                                      4.  Pom Pom Tinsel Garland

Bright Blue Printed Multi-Design Paper Fans

Plush Tinsel Pom Pom Garland

 

5.  Blue Bench Brown top, Turquoise Bench Solid                         6.  Wooden Rail Posts

4 in. x 4 in. x 5 ft. Western Red Cedar French Gothic Fence Post (2-Pack)

 

7.  Snowflake Lights, Snowflakes Projector white &     8.    Let It Snow РProjector Light

Projector blue

150-Light Clear Random Sparkle Snowflake Icicle Light Set

 

9.  Donut Ornaments                                                            10.  Snowflake Ornament Hangers

Kurt Adler Donut Ornament (Set of 12), 2.75"

White Glitter Snowflake Metal Ornament Hooks

 

 

11. Single Donut Ornament                                             12.  Foam Snowflakes Stencils

 

Donut With Pink Frosting & Sprinkles Ornament

6 ~ Foam Snowflake Stencils ~New

 

 

13.  Fake icing Рdonut ornaments                                    14.  Large Donut float (selfie station)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party

If you are looking for a cute and easy Halloween Party, this post is for you.¬† Our PTA Hospitality has done this Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party for the second year in a row for our Junior High FaBOOlous teachers and staff, and it always turns out to be such a hit!!¬† ¬†It is a super fun way to say “thank you” to them for all that they do for our kiddos, and it’s easy to get together.¬† It would also work for a Kids’ Halloween breakfast party too.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS


STEP 1:  MAKE THE SIGN

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Black construction paper or some kind of black paper (at least 13 sheets- can stencil letters on leftover construction paper)

Orange and white dot banner (found it at Target) or you can get dot scrapbook paper and make your own

Stencils- 3″ H for banner,¬† 8″ H for “BOO”

Jute string- Hobby Lobby

Hole punch

Scissors

Double-sided tape or glue/glue dots

Packing tape to hang sign

***Take one piece of the orange dot banner and lay on top of one black piece of paper.¬† Trace around the orange dot banner (use chalk to see your line better), then cut about 1 1/2″ OUTSIDE that chalk line to give it a nice border.¬† Turn the black paper over (back side) so you don’t see the¬† chalk line, and glue/tape orange dot paper in middle of black paper.

***Do hole punches in black paper too (use holes in orange paper as reference).¬† ¬†If you’re not using the target banner, you’ll need to put 2¬† hole punches in dot banner and black paper for the jute string to go through.¬† ¬†TIP***Do the hole punches before you glue letters on so the string doesn’t cover your letter.***

***Trace your letters with the smaller 3″ stencils on black paper, cut out and glue or tape to orange dot banner.

Trace B-O-O letters using the bigger 8″ stencils on black paper, cut out and do 2 hole punches each.¬† The “B” letter will have¬† hole punches a little bit farther apart¬†than the¬† “O’s”¬†because it will not lay right if they are too close together.

Start threading jute string through hole punches (LEFT hole first),  entering from the BACK side of the banner, through both holes, and back through so that the string is showing on the banner (top) side.  Cut 2 strings- top section ( U R SO)  will be shorter than the bottom section (FABOOLOUS), leaving extra string to tape to wall.

 


STEP 2:  PURCHASE PARTY SUPPLIES

PARTY SUPPLIES NEEDED:

1-2 Orange plastic table covers (we had 2 tables)

Plates- solid orange and orange/white patterned  (Target)

Napkins – solid or orange/white patterned (Target)

White plastic flatware

Black and white bins/baskets (something black and white to hold food/plates in). Could add black and white ribbon to something also.  (I bought my black & white striped baskets and black and white crates (with chalkboards) Рall at Home Goods.

Ghost lights – Target

Boo light – Target

Orange cups (put white plastic silver ware in)

Chalkboard – both chalkboards came from Home Goods

****other halloween accessories like pumpkins, plastic serving trays, etc…. to add to decor.

*** The crates are turned upside down so we could put boxed donuts & other goodies on top of them.  Love how this creates interest by having several items at different levels.

SET UP PICTURES- (BEFORE) TABLE ONE

 

(BEFORE) TABLE TWO


STEP 3 – THE FOOD

FOOD IDEAS:

Bagels- cinnamon raisin, blueberry, pumpkin spice, plain.  All Thomas brand already sliced in halves.

Cream cheese- strawberry, blueberry, honey pecan.  Kraft Philly brand.

Assorted mini muffins- cranberry streusel, pumpkins streusel, cinnamon rolls, coffe cream cheese filling

Strawberry cream cheese Bites

***all muffins came from HEB bakery ***

Spider Chocolate Donuts- click here

Monster Teeth Donuts Рclick here 

Fruit Tray

Bear Claws

Banana Nut Bread

Flavored Coffee Creams- Pumpkin spice, Peppermint Mocha, Butter Toffee.  All Coffee Mate Brand.


The Spider donuts and Monster Donuts really make the table come to life.¬† They are so stinkin’ cute AND edible- plus the teachers LOVE them!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

AFTER- TABLE ONE

AFTER- TABLE TWO

 

HAVE A VERY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!¬† Love & Hugs ūüôā

 

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