The big event for our elementary school hospitality committee was the teacher appreciation luncheon! I am SO thankful that our teacher appreciation week fell before the school closures in early February. We went with a Georgia On My Mind theme and the whole event turned out wonderfully.
Our group usually spends the bulk of our time figuring out what the tables will look like. Since there are so many, they make a big impact. We lined the tables with green gingham paper (source) and put hydrangeas (source) in mason jars for centerpieces. We personalized Coke’s with the school name and year (source) as a take-home for each staff member. The peach cookies were from a mom at the school and the place mats were copies of a print one of the girls on the committee had.
While I call this a “teacher appreciation lunch”, the entire staff is invited and celebrated! Parent volunteers cover the classrooms for two hours so that the staff can gather and eat.
As they enter the room, each person chose a gift. For the ladies, they had the option of a Catstudio zipper pouch or dishtowel in the Georgia print. For the men, we went local with Home Depot gift cards.
Lunch was catered by one of my personal favorites and Atlanta staple, Jim ‘n Nicks BBQ. They do a phenomenal job at large events, setting everything up, serving and then cleaning. Not to mention, it is DELICIOUS!
Just like for the welcome back lunch in the fall, we had a cute photo booth set up in the corner! We brought pillows from our homes and used some of the table covering to make a backdrop. One of our team made the darling peach balloon banner!
Finally, the raffle gifts!!! We had so many amazing items from local shops and boutiques, as well as a few trips to give away.
It was such a special event and one that I looked forward to all year.
It just may be my last event at elementary school, as it is looking doubtful we will be back. Whit’s teacher had a zoom call with the class yesterday and I had to step out of the room to quietly shed a few tears. Seeing his huge smile at seeing his classmates and teacher just reiterated how hard this situation is on everyone. She didn’t even try to teach them – she just talked to them and let them talk to each other. It was so good for his soul. <3
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED