Popcorn Bar
Superhero Staff Appreciation Week

I first posted about the Superhero themed Teacher/Staff Appreciation week for my daughter’s school on my other website, Scrapaholics, but I wanted to go into a bit more detail here at Simply Styled Home. This series of posts is for those of you on the PTSA and/or Hospitality Committee at your child’s school. Here you will find step-by-step instructions to duplicate the “POP! Popcorn Bar” for Superhero Staff Appreciation Week at your school. Ready? Let’s go!

Popcorn Bar - Superhero Teacher Appreciation Week

We had eight different varieties of gourmet popcorn for the staff to enjoy throughout the day. After listening to feedback from last year’s gourmet popcorn bar, we made half of the flavors sweet, and the other savory. If you have never made gourmet popcorn, don’t be intimidated! You can find all sorts of fabulous popcorn recipes on my Simply Pop! Pinterest board.

I used SignUp Genius to coordinate with other members of the Hospitality Committee. I asked that they please drop their popcorn off at my house the night before so that I would have time to fill the glass jars and make them look pretty. After cutting out the labels, I adhered them to the glass jars using Glue Dots.

This year, I used cups instead of bowls for the popcorn. Given the variety of flavors, I thought they would be shall we say… uncomplimentary, if mixed together. I printed the POP! circles on 8.5×11 sticker sheets and used my circle punch to quickly decorate the cups.

PLANNING TIPS:

  • Be very specific with the quantity desired. I requested the equivalent of two popped bags of microwave popcorn and got anywhere from 4 cups to 3 gallon sized Ziploc bags.
  • Depending on the number of staff members (and how many varieties you provide) it will last more than one day. Be sure to buy extra bowls or cups. People will come back more than once and you don’t want to run out.

The Superhero Popcorn Bar printables are available for purchase here.

Preparation
Superhero Teacher Appreciation Week

I first posted about the Superhero themed Teacher/Staff Appreciation week for my daughter’s school on my other website, Scrapaholics, but I wanted to go into a bit more detail here at Simply Styled Home. This series of posts is for those of you on the PTSA and/or Hospitality Committee at your child’s school. Here you will find step-by-step instructions to duplicate the Superhero Staff Appreciation Week at your school. Ready? Let’s go!

PREPARING FOR STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK

Two months before Staff Appreciation Week:  Send out an email to the Hospitality Committee, Room Parents, Volunteers, etc. letting them know to “Save the Date” and to expect more information in the coming weeks. One month before the event send out the SignUp Genius sign ups. It sounds like a long time out, but you will probably have to beg ask repeatedly for volunteers to sign up. It’s best to start early.

Get a complete staff list from the school’s office manager. Be sure to add student teachers, and support staff that are not included on the list. You will use this list to create your SignUp Genius sign ups for the “I Think You Are Super!” door decorations and Hero Sandwich boxed lunches, along with the invitation count.

Two weeks before Staff Appreciation Week: Superhero posters were our main decoration this year. John Wolfe, a local photographer and fellow parent, took pictures of everyone decked out in a customized superhero cape and mask from Kid Kapers. I have been eyeing those capes for months and was thrilled that she had time to make a Superman style cape with an “M” for Mann Elementary. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Did you know you could have capes customized? How fun is that?! I love Etsy.

Originally I had planned on using the pictures John took as is, but then I got the great idea (if I do say so myself) to turn them into comic book style posters with advice from each staff member to students. John transformed each photo into a comic book style poster which I used to decorate the hallways, and an 8×10 photo for the classroom doors.

Superhero_teacher_poster

TIP: Two weeks was cutting it really close on the pictures. It was completely my fault, of course. I was the one who decided at the last minute that we should make comic book style posters. If you plan on doing this, give yourself a month to take the pictures, edit, print, etc. John worked his tail off to get the posters done and I got them in the nick of time.

TIP: It will take at least two hours to put posters up on all the classroom doors and around the school. I completely underestimated the amount of time it would take. Recruit help so you can divide and conquer quickly.

A week and a half before Superhero Staff Appreciation Week: Deliver the invitations along with a lunch preferences questionnaire and drink order form to the teacher/staff mailboxes.

TIP: Utilize your school district’s print shop if at all possible. I mistakenly assumed they only made black and white copies, but oh no! They print posters, sheets of stickers, labels, color copies, you name it… And all of it is gorgeous, fast, and extremely affordable. The posters were a HUGE hit with the students. In fact, when I was taking them down at the end of the week (while wearing my awesome Supergirl shirt) a little boy said to me, “Why are you taking the posters down? You aren’t a superhero! You are a villan!” For me that was the ultimate compliment. I am so happy everyone enjoyed the superhero theme as much as I did.

A few days before Staff Appreciation Week: The Friday before SAW, the students were sent home with “I Think You Are Super Because…” pictures to color for their teacher. On Monday, the students presented the pictures and notes to their teachers, and the room moms came in and put them on the classroom doors along with the 8×10 superhero photo.

TIP: Send the pictures home on Wednesday or Thursday. My original thought was that sending them home on Friday would give the students less opportunity to loose the pictures, but no. We had a few teachers absent on Thursday and Friday and their subs didn’t send the pictures home with the students. I had parents frantically emailing me on Sunday night asking what to do.

We had extra “I Think You Are Super Because…” pictures in the office for students to color. Many of them wanted to make pictures for past teachers, the music teacher, librarians, etc. There was a poster in the stairway letting them know where extra pictures were located.

Now that the groundwork was laid, I focused on the activities for the week, each one being Superhero themed, of course. I used SignUp Genius to coordinate sign ups with the Hospitality Committee and Room Parents for these activities. I made everything look pretty, but I couldn’t have pulled off an event like this without the wonderfully supportive parents at our school.

Hats Off To Our Principal Album
Dr. Seuss Themed Teacher Appreciation Week

I first posted about the Dr. Seuss themed Teacher/Staff Appreciation week for my daughter’s school on my other blog, “Confessions of a Scrapaholic,” but I wanted to go into a bit more detail here at Simply Styled Home. This is the post for those of you on the PTSA and/or Hospitality Committee for your child’s school. This is where you will find step-by-step instructions to create a “Hats Off to our Principal!” album for your principal. Ready? Let’s go!

The principal at Zoë’s school is amazing, and even though she doesn’t have a classroom, she touches the lives of every person in our school. I wanted to do something extra special for her. I truly believe that a principal sets the tone for the entire school. Our school rocks and she does too!

Prep: I asked the photographer to please print 4×6 versions of the teacher/staff Seuss-y pictures along with the 8×10′s for the teachers’ doors. I slid the photos into a 2-up album before bringing the album to school, that way the teachers/staff could slide their note into the album next to their picture. This was helpful for two reasons: 1) It saved me time. 2) I don’t know who all of the teachers are! It would have taken me forever to try and match up the notes to the correct photo.

During Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week I set up a table with the above sign and asked the teachers/staff to please write a note to Principal S. telling her how much they appreciate her. I also decorated the table with red daisies and red licorice to lure people over. I also sent out an email to the teachers and staff on Thursday morning reminding them to please write a note to Principal S. before Friday afternoon.

At the end of the week I gathered up all the “hats” the students had made for her, and glued them into the album as well. The final step was the Seuss up the album a bit, so I added some ribbon and a “Cat in the Hat” sticker.

“Who Treats” Dessert Bar
Dr. Seuss Themed Teacher Appreciation Week

I first posted about the Dr. Seuss themed Teacher/Staff Appreciation week for my daughter’s school on my other blog, “Confessions of a Scrapaholic,” but I wanted to go into a bit more detail here at Simply Styled Home. This is the post for those of you on the PTSA and/or Hospitality Committee for your child’s school. This is where you will find step-by-step instructions to duplicate my “Who Treat” Dessert Bar at your school. Ready? Let’s go!

As with the feast, the hardest part of the dessert bar was coming up with the names.  Here is the complete list of names the other parents and I came up with:

  • Green Eggs and Ham (Recipe found here.)
  • Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes
  • 1 Fish, 2 Fish
  • Yurtle the Turtles
  • 10 Apples Up On Top
  • Max’s Milk Bones
  • Unicorn Patties
  • Gingery Snappity Snaps
  • ABC Cookies
  • “The Big Brag” Cookies
  • Clover Cake Pops
  • Barbaloot Brownies
  • Truffula Tree Cake Pops
  • Caramel Hop-On-Popcorn
  • Schlopp with a Cherry on Top
  • Biggle Ball Cookies
  • Sweet Yazz and Yumm
  • Valley of the Vungs Chocolate Rock Blocks
  • Zizzer Zoof Seeds
  • Katroo Cake
  • Bippolo Seeds

The color scheme of the day was lavender and pink. I used pink polka dot wrapping paper cut in half as a table runner on the eating tables, and again on the lavender table clothes on the buffet tables. The Seuss-y dessert labels had a lavender background. I also used Dr. Seuss foam stickers (on clearance at Michaels) to Seuss up the dessert bar. I actually had Yertle the Turtle, Green Eggs and Ham, Thing 1 and Think 2, and 1 Fish, 2 Fish stickers! The backs already had adhesive so I simply stuck them to lollipop sticks.

You can purchase the Who-Treat Menu and Lavender Folding Party Labels here.

Who Feast Luncheon
Dr. Seuss Themed Teacher Appreciation Week

I first posted about the Dr. Seuss themed Teacher/Staff Appreciation week for my daughter’s school on my other blog, “Confessions of a Scrapaholic,” but I wanted to go into a bit more detail here at Simply Styled Home. This is the post for those of you on the PTSA and/or Hospitality Committee for your child’s school. This is where you will find step-by-step instructions to duplicate my “Who Feast” Luncheon at your school. Ready? Let’s go!

The most difficult part of this luncheon was coming up with Seuss-y names for the food. I had multiple parents tell me that they were not signing up to bring food because coming up with a Seuss-y name was too stressful. To save YOU the stress of coming up with a luncheon worth of names, here is the most comprehensive list of Dr. Seuss food names you will find on the web. Trust me, I searched for hours.

  • Yot in a Pot
  • Yan in a Pan
  • Cluck Cluck Bowties
  • Skipper Zipp’s Chips
  • Whoo Hash
  • Oodles of Noodles and Cock a Doodles
  • Yuzz-A-Ma-Tuzz
  • Brown & Black’s Snacks
  • Prairie of Prax
  • Truffula Tree Crunch
  • Roast Beast Sandwiches
  • Truffula Fruits
  • Schlott’s Knots
  • Dr. Seuss-shi Rolls
  • Gertrude McFuzzy’s Berry Salad
  • Green Egg Pie
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Lentil Soup from the Hoop Soup Snoop Group
  • Assorted Greens and Other Things
  • Poodles with Noodles
  • Biggle Balls
  • Remarkable Foons Sizzling Hot Pebbles
  • Three Cheese Trees
  • Snop Gloop on a Floop
  • Hob Knobblers and Bumplings
  • Nuppers Nuggets
  • Red and Black Snack
  • River of Knobsy Cobksy Cornbread
  • A Little of This, A Little of That
  • Wild Bippo No Bungus

I used turquoise polka dot wrapping paper cut in half as table runners on the eating tables. I also used it as table runners on top of the green table clothes on the buffet tables. The green utensils were wrapped in turquoise napkins and tied with white curling ribbon. The Seuss-y food labels had a turquoise background.

You can purchase the Whoo-Food Menu and Folding Party Labels here.

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