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 “Dangerous Dessert Bar” for Superhero Staff Appreciation Week at your school. Ready? Let’s go!
The Hospitality Committee outdid itself last year with the desserts. They were Seuss-y and colorful and fabulous. There was also a lot leftover. This year, I thought less would be more. I created a dessert table with a mix of bite sized treats and traditional favorites provided by some amazing dessert vendors!
TIP: If you are planning to purchase themed treats for staff appreciation week start early, and by early I mean MONTHS in advance. It may seem ridiculous now, but the really popular vendors book up quickly with birthdays and events.
A party is not a party without cupcakes, and Three Monkey’s Cakery (now closed) made some super fondant toppers for the cupcakes that I purchased at our local grocery store. I added superhero printable party circles for an extra pop of color.
For those that didn’t want a cupcake (say what?!) we had gorgeous macaroons (or macarons) from The Splendid Sweet Shoppe (now closed). I have the utmost admiration for anyone who can make a beautiful macaroon. These were amazing and so colorful!
Sweet Tweets (now closed) made AWESOME super cookies with an M instead of S. I was seriously impressed. I used some of them for the dessert table, but the majority of the cookies were wrapped in cellophane bags and tied with a “Thank You!” tag to take home along with their “Superhero Award” to enjoy later.
The highlight of the dessert table was definitely the cake pops from Decadent Cake Pops (now closed). The owner, Jaime, and I met at our children’s preschool a few years ago. I have ordered cake pops from her in the past and my girls love them. Last year I discovered that both of my girls are highly sensitive to gluten, dairy, and eggs which excludes them from all of the fun birthday treats children have at parties and/or bring to school. I asked Jaimie if she could make me gluten free/vegan cake pops, and she did! I now keep a stash of GF/Vegan cake pops in my freezer at all times. When anyone in my daughter’s classes bring in a birthday treat, I pull out a cake pop and send it with them to school. Cake pops are my new favorite thing. These superhero cake pops were the normal variety, but it’s nice to know there are delicious and fun options for those of us dealing with food allergies.
Speaking of food allergies, Wickedly Whipped made Wonder Woman Rice Krispy pops (yes, those are real!) for everyone, but especially for those staff members that cannot eat gluten. Who am I to deprive someone of treats? Who doesn’t love Rice Krispy treats?! Unfortunately the mail man didn’t deliver them in time for lunch on Friday but they did arrive before school got out for the day so I whipped up (get it? ha!) a quick display of take home treats for the staff.
The teachers and staff also took home a Superhero Award at the end of the week. They are after all, the most amazing superheroes I know.
TIP: Supply the teachers with to-go containers or Ziplock bags to take treats home. Even with the smaller dessert bar this year, I still had at least 50% of the treats leftover. Many of them will bring treats home to enjoy later if they have a convenient way to do so.
The Superhero Printables seen in this post can be purchased here.
Superhero Staff Appreciation Week