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Baby Babble Diaper Raffle

31 Mar

FACT: A baby will go through approximately 3,000 diapers in its first year of life.

Although it is really fun to look at all those little onesies and matching bows, the couple would really appreciate the necessities too.  Just think of the diapers as a necessary accessory– kind of like earrings, you feel naked if you forgot them.

One fun way to get the diapers the couples will need is a diaper raffle.

Baby Raffle

Surprisingly, if you peruse the internet on this topic, it is pretty controversial.  Some people say it is a great idea and others are vehemently against it.  My take is that as long as the diaper raffle is optional you’re on safe ground.  My opinion changes with other shower ideas like “build-the-library” that is practically mandatory– a’build the library’ shower is where the invite requests that in lieu of a card, the attendees bring a baby book.  I came to learn that baby books from baby stores are very *ahem* overpriced), and sadly made me wish I had spent less on the main gift (TIP: if you get invited to a build-the-library shower, go to Walmart or Goodwill to get a cheaper book.  Stay away from the big box baby stores for books!).

Below is the card that was included with the invitations.  It is worded as to imply the optional part.  At the actual party, most people did understand it was optional, but most chose to participate.

Baby Shower Diaper Raffle Ticket

The sign for the table was framed out from very affordable IKEA picture frames.  We decorated the corners of all the picture frames with tissue paper flowers and raffia.  Decorating the inexpensive frames helped match the theme and make the frames look more expensive (see the picture above for the frame).

Baby Shower - Diaper Raffle Sign1

The raffle ticket stub was printed at 2×3, the size of a business card.  They were laid out right next to the sign.  Do not forget to leave pens for people to fill out the tickets!  We bought a pack of cheap pens from a big box store and left three or four at every station.
Baby Shower Diaper Raffle Ticket STUB

The drawing was done by the niece of the mom-to-be.   The prizes can be practically anything, but make it somewhat substantial– diapers are pricey!  The prizes for this raffle were a $30 gift card to Publix and a $30 gift card to Wal-Mart.  We had two winners mostly because how many people we invited (we also had three games that had prizes, so we didn’t want to go broke!).

As a note, the couple had to only buy one pack of newborn and had to buy their first pack of diapers when the baby was 6 months!  Well worth the extra effort to do this a shower

 

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Housewarming Party

17 May

Moving is chaotic and horrible; however, there is a happier side when you can sit down (preferably not on a card board box), throw your feet up, and have some guests over.  If you can do that, you are ready for a housewarming party!

The Party

The housewarming party does not have to be fancy or even carry much of a theme.  What it does need to be is an open and inviting environment for you to host old friends, new friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc.  There is no reason you can go solo in hosting (after all, you are the one celebrating!) or even have a friend host.

Figure out your guest list as soon as possible in order to get food and beverages  figured out– and remember the capacity of your home!  If you live in an urban apartment (think New York sized), but invite 100 people, even with the rule of 1/3 not showing, you still have 60+ people in your living room!  One option out of this is to have an “open-house” housewarming.  This is what we did.  People can come and go as they choose with no pressure to hang around to the end.  You could choose a sit down meal, but, again, think of the capacity of your home and amount of chairs available.

Another important factor is the time.  If you are having a barbecue or other event that requires daylight, the party will fall more in the middle of the afternoon.  Your party could also be open ended for the end time.  It is up to you.  We decided on 3 hours because we figured that was the longest people would want to sit around our house and it was also enough time to allow people to drop in and out as they pleased.  Three hours also allowed us to determine food and drink quantities easier.

The Invites How-To

For our housewarming party, we did the obvious theme of moving.  We used common (read: CHEAP!) items we already had like bubble wrap, packing tape, card board.  The items to create the invites are:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Olfa Knife and a rule (scissors or whatever you are comfortable with cutting multiple items out with)
  • Full sheet white stickers
  • A printer/computer
  • Brown Envelopes
  • Jute Twine (for added moving theme)

Housewarming Invitation Envelope DIY

The first step in creating the invites, I  selected my bubble wrap.  Who knew there were different colors and different sized air bubbles to choose from?  Guess I never had a “fancy” move that required all that pizzazz.  A roll of around 20 feet is around $10-15.  A little pricey, but I chose to use an A6 envelope size (4.75″ x 6.5″) to maximize how much yield I would get from my roll.  My roll had a perforation guide at every foot, so I made my enclosures 4″ x 6″.  It is like it was meant to be cut into invitations.  This cutting out task was a little tedious, but mostly because of boredom and trying to keep all your fingers from getting sliced off.  However, I completed the task of cutting 80 rectangles during my lunch break.  I had a template for the envelope size just to double-check my sizing.

Housewarming Invitation How-to 1

Next, I used my computer to create the invite.  I found some little rhyme from internet and stuck it on the top.  Again, to tie into my theme, I used a font that looked like someone scrawling on a packing box and kept to a color palette of brown, red, white, and black.  One thing to remember when creating the invitations, they must include: who, what, where, when, and VERY clear directions and, preferably, a map.

Housewarming Invitation How-to 2

To be easy (or lazy) I printed the invitations on white full-page sticker paper so I would just have to attach them to the bubble wrap.  I had these left over from the retirement party I threw, so this was a no cost.  If you do buy these, buy online because they are significantly cheaper.  I cut them out on my living room floor while watching TV.  Another mind numbing process, but it does go quickly.

Housewarming Invitation How-to 3

I also printed and cut out my direction card and map.  On one side was a map with a picture of our home shown.  This will help people when they are aimlessly driving around your neighborhood looking for your house number while you neighbors think someone is stalking them.  So to avoid the cops being called on your friends, opt for a picture.  I had the map and picture on one side, and the written directions on the reverse.  Most people have GPS and cell phones, but old Aunt Edith will need some help getting there too, so just include it.

Housewarming Invitation Wrap Around Evelope Sticker

Next is to assemble everything! I had two types of envelopes stickers– one for hand delivery and one for mailing.  The main difference being one had our return address on it.  The picture above was for the mailing ones, and I cut off the mailing address for the hand delivered.  And viola! Invitations complete.

Housewarming Invitation DIY

The Favors How-to

For the favors, I wanted, actually needed, something easy.  What you will need:

Housewarming Favor

I wanted to keep in my theme of moving, so I tried to make them look like little moving boxes.  However, after finding no cheap brown favor boxes nor wanting to assemble them, I settled on mini grocery bags.  I got them for SUPER cheap at a warehouse club (around 500 bags for $4) and I also plan to use these for Halloween this year too.  I used the twine I had used for the invitations to do a faux package wrap.  I attached a thank you tag to complete the look.  I filled them with candy to carry out the home “sweet” home theme.

The Tablescape How-To

Housewarming Table Decor

I found some inspiration on Pinterest for this one.  I used the idea of moving to include painting.  The tablescape is really easy, and I had more than a few people astounded at how I did it.  First buy empty paint cans.  I could only find the ones I liked at Home Depot for about $4.98 a bucket.  Next buy cheap plastic table cloths ($0.99 at Wal-Mart).  I used a paper towel holder and a toilet paper holder to prop the paint cans above the table.  Wrap the table cloths around the base of the holders and then stuff the paint cans on the top.  They can teeter as much as you would like.  I used the lids to indicate where the plates and utensils were located.  I also laid out some clean paint brushes on the table to complete the look.  Excuse the food containers– our caterer was running late and we did not have time to change them out.

The Party Flow

The biggest problem with a bunch of hungry thirsty guests is that they tend to hover by the food and drink.  I did not want everyone hanging around in my dining room, so I separated my stations.  I had four distinct stations:

  1. Appetizer Station
    • This had all the main foods, plates, napkins, and was the first thing people saw as the entered the home (just because it was the layout of our home).  This also allowed us to greet people, and then promptly tell them to please help themself and to enjoy.
  2. Dessert and Coffee Station
    • This had cookies, little cakes, chocolates, etc. and also coffee.  The coffee is good for those guests who imbibe way too much.  This station was smaller, but had plates, cups, coffee extras, and napkins.
  3. Signature Drink and Wine Station
    • We had two beverage dispensers and placed one on each side of the table.  The table was positioned to allow people to walk around the table to get to whatever drink they were aiming for.  Nothing worse than waiting behind an indecisive guest.  The wine was also at each end.
    • Tip: We used 9 oz glasses instead of 16 oz or red solo cups.  This REALLY helped with clean up as many people did not abandon their half drank glasses around the house.  We also felt with some people driving, the smaller glasses would inhibit large consumption.
  4. Beer Station (this was outside on the porch because we had big tubs of ice and tons of beer.  Oranges and limes were provided)
    • This got a lot of people out in the patio area to enjoy the weather and to let them see our backyard.  We had light and dark beers as well as some local drafts for those finicky beer people.

The concept of different stations really did work and kept people bouncing around and mingling.  Be sure to keep napkins at every station to keep your house tidy!

The Food

For the food, we catered.  I was going to try to cook, but between the cleaning and being five months pregnant, I had to give in somewhere.  We did make one item– Paula Dean’s Frito Corn Salad.  Surprisingly, this was one of the most talked about appetizers!  I will tell you– it is amazing.  I would be awesome with a cookout meal.  However, we did follow the some guidelines–

  • Indicate on the invitation appetizers only.
    • Our party fell between 5-8pm, which is iffy on the etiquette to serve dinner sized portions.  Indicating that the party was cocktails and appetizers on the invite as well as calling it an Open House party allowed us to skirt around that rule. We chose food that could be easily held with one hand to allow people to walk around the house.
  • Provide a variety of food for vegetarians and gluten-free guests.
    • We provided about four appetizers that were vegetarian and three that were gluten-free.  We only went a little extreme because close friends we knew had these dietary restrictions.  Normally, only one to two plates would suffice.
  • Label the food
    • This just helps the guest feel more at home and more likely to try the food.  I made coordinating place cards that accompanied each dish.
  • Research on how much food you will need for your guest count.
  • The worst thing to happen is running out of food.  We had enough (we ate the leftovers for the next two days), but we did have some back ups in case people brought their kids or extra drop-in guests.  Our emergency food were chips and salsa, chips and dips (store-bought), and cookies.  Not lavish, but enough to keep the party rolling.

The Drinks

Our drink table had two signature drinks, an assortment of beers, and wine.

I am going to blame pregnancy brain on this one; I thought I had taken pictures of the drink table, but I scoured all our phones, cameras, and tablets, and there does not seem to be a single picture, but the signature drinks look almost exactly like the images from the websites.

Signature Drinks

We decided to do signature drinks because we did not want to purchase bottles of liquor to sit out and have to have tons of mixers.  We also did not want the liability of people taking shots and then trying to drive anywhere.  Signature drinks, which would incorporate liquor, is an easy way to keep the cost down and to personalize the event. We named both drinks to the part, one was the street we lived on, the other the city.

Next, our signature drinks were decided upon by how easy it was to make as a batch.  Plain and simple.  Reason being is that if we did run out of mid party, so could throw the ingredients together quickly.  Good thing we did, our guests went through 5+ gallons of the cocktails about mid-party and we had to make more.

If having more than one mixed drink provided, try using two different types of main alcohol.  Some people hate vodka or gin or whatever, so this was there is always another liquor option.  We used white rum and vodka (and we only had to buy one bottle of each).

Another factor for deciding the signature drinks was sex.  No, not that type of kinkiness (get your head out of the gutter!), but male and female sex.  One drink was pink because of the ingredients and, therefore,”girly”, the other was a more robust drink that was “manly”.  My husband and I personally do not care what color drink we are holding, but some people might and since we had some new neighbors coming over, we wanted to make everyone comfortable.

First signature drink was a good ol’ mojito.  Click the link to read through some of the reviews as other people have quick tips and tricks.    This was our “manly” drink.

Mojito By the Pitcher

Mojito

  • 10 limes, fresh pulp and juice
  • 30 leaves fresh mint
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white rum
  • club soda, chilled
  1. Place lime juice, mint and sugar into a pitcher
  2. Using a muddle stick mash to release mint oils, and dissolve sugar into juice.
  3. Add rum and lots of ice topped with club soda. Adding more club soda to glasses if a lighter drink is desired.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint and lime slices

The other drink, which apparently was the most amazing drink ever (about 10 different people stopped me to ask for the recipe and many others said it was the best mixed drink they’ve had), was the “girly drink”.  Lots of men did have this drink, but, as I said, I only called it girly because it ends up being pink in color.

AMAZING Raspberry Beer Cocktail

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  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3 1/2 (12-oz.) bottles beer, chilled
  • 1 (12-oz.) container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • Garnish: lemon and lime slices
  1. 1. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.
  2. Note: To make ahead, stir together lemonade concentrate and vodka in a large container. Chill up to 3 days. Stir in raspberries and beer just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Tip: Use frozen raspberries to keep the drink cold while it sits out.  Also, cut limes ahead of time, then freeze them to put into the drink.  This way ice will not water down the mix as it sits out.  The lime trick works for the Mojito as well.

We served both signature drinks in large beverage dispensers we bought at a warehouse store for around $20, but you could also use a large bowl and ladle, but beware of the mess that might occur as guests get more tipsy.

One last thing is label your drinks by name and include the ingredients underneath.  In this day and age, it seems like everyone has an allergy to something, so better to be safe than sorry.

Wine Cubes

As I mentioned above, no pictures.  However, I have pictures of some of the wine cubes I used.

Wine cubes, you ask?  Yeah, some people might frown on this, but when I started pricing out individual bottles, I could not muster buying all that wine– again, I was 5 months pregnant, so it would just taunt me on my wine rack.   Also, this fit into our theme of moving perfectly!

We purchased the cubes at a warehouse store.  Each cube was equivalent to 4 bottles of wine.  So the red was $15 a piece and the white was $10. We bought three of each, which, in the end, was too much.  I would say two whites and one red box would have sufficed since we had beer and two signature cocktail drinks.

I read somewhere that here in America, people tend to prefer white over red and also the most party pleasing wines were Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.  If you have super wine lovers attending, you might have to up the ante.

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To incorporate our thrifty wine cubes into the theme, I decided to turn them into moving boxes.  I then stacked the extra cubes behind the open ones to look like there were boxes laying about.  This allowed me to use the cubes as the decorations for the drink table.

How-To

All you need for this (cheap) decor:

  • Roll of Craft Paper (do NOT buy it at an office supply store– like I did. Go to Walmart.  It is significantly cheaper)
  • Computer and Printer
  • Full Sheet labels (or just plain paper and glue it on)  Tags are below.
  • Packing Tape
  • Scissors
  • Twine to wrap the boxes (not necessary, but I tied it to look like the invites)

Housewarming Envelope Stickers WINE TAGS

Wrap the cubes like a present and cut out the area where the spigot falls.  I used the packing tape liberally around this area of the spigot so the paper would be more water resistant.  Then slap on the moving tags and the twine, and, viola! Easy drinks and decor!

So picture two open, then 5 boxes stacked behind them with the signature drinks flanking either side.  That sums up the drinks.

Housewarming Stickers WINE TAGS

Near the drinks, we kept cocktail napkins, glasses, extra mint and other garnishes.

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Overall, the most important thing is to have fun and mingle!  This is a picture of party at 8.  Most guests actually stayed for the full 3 hours of the party  (as well as some stragglers who stayed until midnight).   But it was all in all good fun and everyone had a great time.  You can see the dessert station in the bottom left.

Happy Housewarming Planning!!

Birthday Breakfast!!

9 Sep

My DH works nights and it stinks.  It stinks even more because he slept for most of his birthday.  So, in order not to totally miss his birthday, I decided to make breakfast his “cake”.  I scoured Pinterest and the internet and found Cake Batter Pancake recipe.  Since I was looking for a recipe I could accomplish after work, it utilizes pancake mix.  There are recipes that include more homemade recipes.

I kid you not, these pancakes are not too sweet, and are absolutely delicious.  We even had some leftover which are still amazing heated up!

And, after all, isn’t everything better with sprinkles?

The How-to

Pancakes

1   cup Original Bisquick® mix
1   cup Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
3  tablespoons candy sprinkles
1  cup milk
1  teaspoon vanilla
2  eggs

Glaze and Garnish

1  cup powdered sugar
1 1/2  teaspoons milk
1/2  teaspoon vanilla
Additional candy sprinkles

Corked!

28 Jan


And you thought the fun only started when you popped that cork!  Now you can upcycle all your months of hard partying (…er…work) by reusing all your old corks as wine glass charms for your guests!  A Charmed Life has a wonderful tutorial (with pictures!!) on their website that will guide you through how to create these little jewels.  Their final product is pictured above.  So, remember, when you open your next bottle for a party, you are technically saving the environment.  You rock.

Writing on the Wall…err..Wine Glass

7 Jan

Ever put your glass down at a party never to find it again?  Problem no more!  The blog Just Short of Crazy and MollyO came up with a stellar way to literally mark your own glass. Chalkboard paint on the bottom on the glasses allows guests to create their own moniker for their glass.  Although wine glasses were only highlighted, this can be most likely be painted on a beer mug, champagne glass, etc.  Much more sophisticated than the red plastic cup and a permanent marker.  Your guests will love it.

Lord of the UN-Rings: An Ode to Coasters

6 Nov

After that last drop of wine is gone, the last finger foods nibbled, and the last guest happily wanders out, you just want to enjoy the night and clean up in the morning– BUT WAIT– what about all those dripping glasses all over your new wood furniture?!  Whose idea was it to serve ice?!  Call it ‘Lord of the UN-Rings,’ but no one wants to wake up to three dozen tennis-ball-sized rings all over their coffee table after an awesome soiree. One thing is a must: COASTERS.

Coasters do not have to be overindulged nor do they have to be boring.  For example, a creative way for guests to never forget their coaster is to actually attach the coaster to the glass!  DimmalimmHome has made these adorable coasters that slip over the bottom of stemware and come in a variety of colors and are for sale on Etsy.

The next coaster would be great for a game night or a book club: Scrabble Coasters.   Again, this little jewel comes from Etsy and is by MadeByMarcy.  I guarantee this will be a conversation starter especially if guests do not know one another!  For you DIY-ers out there, here is a tutorial to make your own Scrabble Coasters.

A project I would like to give a whirl for a larger party is DIY coasters.  Design Sponge had a great idea that is economical and can be customized.  I think they look like little crackers and would look great with a cheese, crackers, and wine spread!  Or maybe sewing or stenciling on different designs to customize for any holiday or festivity!

And another DIY coaster that is a little more substantial is made from 4 x 4 ceramic tiles.  I think this is cute for little hostess gifts or small friend gifts since they can be completely customized.  One bride even used it as a creative place card for her wedding [photo: Era Photography, Inc.].  Directions on how to make these little jewels can be found over at On the Journey. On that site is a great step by step tutorial with images.

Remember, the more visible the coasters are, the more likely your guests will use them.  Using ones like those mentioned above and placing them on most flat surfaces, people are guaranteed to see them and get the hint. Now you will be free to mingle and the only thing you will have to worry about now is your husband’s work friend trying to organize an impromptu karaoke contest– but at least your wood furniture will won’t be hurt, just your ears.  Happy party planning!

Teacher Retirement Centerpieces

6 Jun

After the pots and branches were set (instructions on how-to visit original Manzanita Madness post) it was time to decorate!  I needed something that would add color to my centerpieces, fit into my theme, and be the right scale for the branches and pot.  I happened across some school themed scrapbook paper I found on sale ($9.99 for 100 sheets!).  The sheets had multiple different patterns, sparkles, and colors– just perfect for the party, but I still had to figure out what I would use it for.  Then it hit me!  What screams school and teachers more than paper airplanes!  And, to top it off, the cost would be less than a penny for each plane!

How To

Perfect Paper Airplanes

I first used plain computer paper to figure out the size I wanted on the trees.  I went with about 4 inches by 7 inches.  I got four planes per 12 inch by 12 inch scrapbook paper (I eyeballed the measurement to make them all fit– three in one direction, one on the leftover top part).  Then I took a metal ruler and began folding the planes.  First I folded in half, then folded the sides in once, then again (to get a good point and a slimmer plane), then brought the two sides together and folded down from the middle.  Or click here for a pictorial tutorial.  I had purchased some yarn ($1.29 for a ton of yarn at Wal-mart) and cut lengths of about 5 inches and tied them into loops.  I placed the knotted side into the middle of the planes and then stapled them together.  I then tried to place one of each pattern on each centerpiece to get a lot of color for not a lot of cash!

Gingham Placemat

I thought gingham would be a good compliment to a teacher retirement party.  I purchased 4 yards and cut the squares roughly about 2′-0″ x 2′-0″.  I used a roller cutter on a cutting board.  I noticed I had some frayed edges and decided I needed to finish it off.  I had some wired red ribbon about 2 inches thick.  I used regular Elmer’s white glue to glue on the ribbon to the edges of the fabric along two sides.  If needed, I went through and “hemmed” with the white glue on the other edges.  The ribbon added some weight to the mats and made them see more expensive.  I sprinkled colored buttons around like confetti on the placemat due to our guest of honor being a home economics teacher.  I used the placemats also on the memorabilia table.

Mini Blackboard Table Cards

The table cards were made from black foam core that was cut in order to be able to use wooden tongue depressors.  I cut them about 4″ x 6″ (approximately).  I used hot glue to adhere the wooden sticks to the foam core.  I used scissors to cut blunt edges on the depressors.  Next, I used my Cricut to cut the letters for the mini blackboards.  Then I used a coordinating ribbon from my gingham placement (same ribbon just in a 1/2 inch size).  I used green floral sticks with metal wires attached to wrap around the ribbon and shove into my foam (worked really well and held them even during transport!).  I covered the area with an apple– it didn’t need it since the moss covered everything, but I liked the shiny apple at each table.  My table names went along with my theme and were based on stereotypical school cliques.  The tables were the:

  • Drama Queens
  • Bullies
  • Nerds
  • In-Crowd
  • Cheerleaders
  • Jocks
  • Outcasts
  • Preps
  • Misfits
  • Honor Students
  • Teacher’s Pets

 The guest of honor had a seat saved with a blackboard saying, “Saved for teacher” and had a matching red ribbon bow in the back of the chair that matched the gingham placemats.

Moss & Pencils

As I mentioned in my post Guest Book with a Twist, I instructed the guests to actually engage with the centerpiece by using little yellow golf pencils that were placed in the green moss.  They were to look like they were part of the theme only, but were actually functional for filling out the guest book and also for the surprise pop quiz (as mentioned in  Teacher Retirement Party Activities post) that was given.  We bought the pencils for cheap at an office supply store and sharpened them up a bit before placing them out.

Teacher’s Lounge

6 Jun

One way to get guest up and out of their seats is to have a bar.  Be it cash bar, open bar, top or bottom shelf, people always will wander over for a look.  At my teacher retirement party, I took the theme and called the bar the “Teacher’s Lounge” and made the drinks coincide with my party.  The guest of honor’s school mascot are the buccaneers and we named it the most popular drinks.


Teacher Retirement Party Activities

1 Jun

Guests can sometimes be stuck to their chairs all night and not socialize.  To keep your guests from suffering for “Tree Stump Syndrome” I crafted some activities to get people talking, laughing, and, most importantly, learning more about the guest of honor.  I needed something to match my ‘Last Class’ theme that would get the guests to interact with one another doing something benign and silly.  These little activities usually help people loosen up and helps make the party more memorable.

Dunce Cap Doodle

I decided to create a song as a tribute to the guest of honor.  The springboard for the idea came from a message board site.  I liked the Yankee Doodle themed song since could download it from you tube without words to have the guests sing to at the party.  To keep with my theme, I decided that I would make Dunce caps and those with the caps would automatically be chosen to sing the song at some point during the party.

At first, the Dunce caps were around and people merely thought they were just decorations for the party.  However, the guest of honor began to choose people as she met and chatted with them.  She picked people like her old boss, some old friends, etc.  As soon as they received the hat, I discretely went to them and handed the song so they could read it over.  The guest of honor only knew she had to hand them out, but did not know why.  Then before the speeches, we asked all those ‘Dunces’ to come up to the front to receive their ‘punishment.’  Since I had about 10, people who were shy could still get up there without feeling bashful.  I was surprised at the amount of people who got out cameras to get everyone singing!  Everyone got a kick out of the whole production!

How To

I bought gray poster board and referenced First Palette for a little help on making a conical hat.  I measured my head with the string and then halved it.  I then attached the string to a pencil, held the sting at the center of my circle, and traced my semi-circle.  I cut out the shape carefully.  Then I secured the hat with a staple at the bottom and then fixed the rest of the seam with dabs of hot glue.  To make it more festive, I bout some spray glitter and glittered those bad boys up!  I also used my Cricut to cut out the letters “Dunce.”  I glued those on prior to the glitterization.

Party Pop Quiz!

Another idea was to help the guests be better informed about the retiree.   To do that we had a memorabilia table with old pictures, old year books, awards, etc. spread along the table along with mementos and decorations.  In addition, we had a sideshow running that had fun facts about when she started teaching compared to now (e.g., the average teacher salary from the 60’s to average teacher’s salary now).  Hopefully all the guests were paying attention because we had a POP QUIZ right after the speeches were done!

How to

I printed these out on my card stock I used for all the rest of my projects.  I chose questions that were tailored to those who attended (like the neighbors invited would get the car color correct, while work people would know about how many years she taught).  The questions were meant to entertain and to get people laughing and, at the same time, learning a little more about the retiree.  We also had some tie breakers in case we needed them.  We gave the top two guests gifts for getting the most questions correct.

Teacher Retirement Thank You Note

26 May

Here is a creative way to cap of the ‘Last Class’ teacher retirement party– Report Card thank you notes!  The guest of honor fills out the name and the comments section and delivers it in a ‘official’ business envelope.  Of course the subject areas correspond to the party and can change depending on what is appropriate for your event.  Tips on wording the thank yous can be found here.

One guest (coworker) responded back to the card saying, “B minus?! My wife requests a wife-teacher retiree conference immediately.”