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 “Super Charged Breakfast” for Superhero Staff Appreciation Week at your school. Ready? Let’s go!
I included drink orders with the ZAP! Breakfast Invitation, and asked that the teachers and staff return them the Thursday before Staff Appreciation Week. They had the choice of a Super Charged Smoothie (berry smoothie) or a drink from Starbucks. The drink orders were printed on 8.5×11 sticker page and cut to size. (This is SO much easier than trying to line them up on shipping labels like I did last year!)
MONEY SAVING TIP: Purchasing lattes for the entire staff is a huge portion of the Hospitality Committee budget each year. The week before SAW, Starbucks offered a $5 for $10 Gift Card Groupon. I couldn’t have timed it better if I’d tried! 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 also did this earlier in the year with an Everything Party Groupon, knowing that I would be buying decorations, silverware, plates, etc. for Staff Appreciation Week. I was able to reduce my expenses by about $150 this year using Groupons!
I took 1/2 the orders to the Starbucks about a mile away, and 1/2 to the other Starbucks a mile the other way. (Remember, I live in Seattle. We’re surrounded.) I pre-paid for all of the drinks to make pick up easy for the 4 parents picking up the 40 lattes the next morning. The baristas 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 7:50am. I wanted them to have time to enjoy their breakfast before school started.
I have paid close attention to the food choices made during Hospitality Committee events over the past year. The staff overwhelmingly chooses healthy options when given the option. I modified the breakfast menu to include Kind Bars, yogurt, fresh fruit, mini muffins, etc. There were bagels but, not surprisingly, they were the majority of the food left over.
TIP: 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.
Superhero Staff Appreciation Week