Thanks to Oriental Trading for helping us out with our supplies!
It’s one of our most favorite times of year both as parents and teachers – SUMMER! WOOT! But for my family that also means one of our busiest times of year! May just FLIES by and I LOVE showing my appreciation to both my kid’s teachers as well as my husband’s co-workers.
Unfortunately I don’t usually have tons of time to do anything super fancy (or expensive!) so I love love love just putting out some delicious food and treats in our teacher’s lounge as a big “thank you” to everyone! If you’re a teacher I invite you to join our Classroom Management & Engagement Resources e-mail list here!
5 Tips to ROCK a Teacher Appreciation Party:
- Keep the decor simple! Pick up some cute plates & napkins, a pre-made banner, and perhaps some themed containers or decor to tape up.
- Keep the food simple! You can cater food in, pick up pre-made food from the store, or bring your crockpot and make a great meal to simmer during the school day!
- Make the treats special! Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? Some of my favorite (fairly simple!) treats for teacher appreciation parties are setting up a chocolate fountain with fruits like bananas and strawberries, or our chocolate covered apples you see below.
- Be mindful of dietary needs. Whether a teacher needs gluten free or sugar free be mindful that it is nice to provide that extra option or 2 so everyone can be included.
- Crafty touches are nice but anything is appreciated! A lot of teachers really love that cutesy scrapbook type decor and specialty thank you notes (who doesn’t!?) but just the effort of showing appreciation with a simple party is more than enough! Oriental Trading had some AWESOME glittery “thank you” tags that I used since I’m not great at crafty.
Check out our teacher party below!
This year for the special treat I decided to make amazing chocolate covered apples! It was super quick and easy.
Oriental Trading had these amazing apple boxes so I just slipped their gorgeous glittery “thank you” tags right over the top of the apple sticks then left a box on each teacher’s desk.
For the party itself I wanted to keep it simple but still fun a decorative. I ordered bright green plates and napkins from Oriental Trading as well as a simple bright green chevron banner.
I also ordered this awesome set of primary color baskets that we added snacks in. I wanted to add a little teacher flair to it so I found the cutest ruler style washi tape that I just wrapped around the baskets.
Since the cute baskets weren’t originally meant for food I lined the inside of them with with a variety of tissue paper, and lined a bit of wax paper and voila! I drizzled melted chocolate and caramel over simple snacks like popcorn, pretzels, and nuts!
Here’s a better picture of the awesome little storage container baskets! Then when we were done with the party they doubled as storage for various office supplies!