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 “Blast Off Breakfast” at your school. Ready? Let’s go!
I included drink orders with the “Blast Off Breakfast!” invitation, and asked that the teachers and staff return them the Thursday before Staff Appreciation Week. They had the choice of a Stellar Smoothie or Rocket Fuel (a drink from Starbucks). The drink orders were printed on 8.5×11 sticker page and cut to size.
MONEY SAVING TIP: Purchasing lattes for the entire staff is a huge portion of the Hospitality Committee budget each year. A few months before SAW, Starbucks offered a $5 for $10 Gift Card Groupon. Each person was limited to one Groupon, so I sent an email to the entire Hospitality Committee and asked them to please purchase a Groupon and email me the certificate. (I reimbursed them out of my budget.) I was able to reduce my expenses by about $100 this year using Groupons!
I took 1/2 the orders to the Starbucks about a mile away, 1/2 to the other Starbucks a mile the other way, and the smoothie orders to Jamba Juice. (Remember, I live in Seattle. We’re surrounded.) I pre-paid for all of the drinks to make pick up easy for the 6 parents picking up the 30 lattes and 15 smoothies the next morning. The baristas (and smoothie-istas?) loved the sticker labels. They quickly and easily made the pre-ordered drinks and attached the labels. The drinks and breakfast were waiting for the teachers/staff at 7:30am. I wanted them to have time to enjoy their breakfast before school started.
I sent out a survey to the staff last year after SAW to collect feedback while everything was fresh in their minds. One thing that was consistently mentioned was hot dishes. Done and done! In addition to the normal pastries, fresh fruit, Kind Bars, yogurt and drinks, we added hot dishes. Bless those sweet parents who got up at the crack of dawn to prepare casseroles. I can barely “cook” toaster waffles and get my girls out the door on time for school, let alone at 7:30am.
BE AWARE: Take food allergies into consideration. Breakfast generally consists of pastries, doughnuts, and more pastries (maybe some fresh fruit if you are feeling healthy). I am probably more aware of this issue because of my family’s allergies/sensitivities, but I always make sure to have at least one food item that is gluten free. I include an allergy section on the luncheon questionnaire each year about food allergies and make sure there is something for all of the staff members. It changes each year, but this year I had a few who couldn’t eat wheat, and a few who couldn’t eat dairy.
“Blast Off Breakfast” printables can be purchased here.
Space Themed Staff Appreciation Week