Join together with other parents to celebrate the teachers in your life. This easy menu and guide is sure to help!

The end of the school year is always the best time to celebrate the amazing hard work and dedication of our teachers. And what better way to do that than by throwing a party just for them. While our mothers’ day out has been on break for a few weeks now (THANKFULLY starts back up next week), I wanted to share the simple but delicious lunch that a few grateful moms and I quickly put together to honor our teachers.

Because we don’t have room mothers, the teachers and director of our program handle everything–holiday parties, popsicles on the playground, arts and crafts, etc. Thanks to the power of social media, I was able to quickly connect with a few of the mothers in Frances and Ellie’s classes to start a conversation about whether they would be interested in doing something. The response was a resounding and unanimous YES and another mother was able to add in more moms so that we had around 10 people contributing. In a matter of literally a day, we had a menu and a plan.

Double portion of Baby Blue Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Company Pasta Salad

Our menu: (Served 12)

Add-ons:

  • Beautiful flower arrangements for the table
  • Thank you card
  • Individual gifts for each teacher including a Tervis tumbler, drink mix packets, and a magazine (so cute but unfortunately, not pictured)
  • Tea/Lemonade
  • Plates/napkins/cups

A note about the recipes…

Baby Blue Salad is a popular salad at a local lunch spot in Birmingham, Homewood Gourmet. Their recipe was featured in Southern Living a few years ago so I always refer to it when making the salad. It is one of my absolute faves! For this particular salad, I shortcut the recipe and picked up two containers of spiced pecans from the restaurant (shhh!!!) and used a bottled balsamic vinaigrette (double shhhh!!!). For the chicken, I marinated 4 double breasts in olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic, and salt for 2 hours before grilling then sliced the breasts into thin slices to make for easier serving and eating.

WE LOVE MISS MICHELLE!

While you certainly don’t have to wait until the end of the school year to thank your teachers, this menu is easy to divide between a few moms, is affordable, and can be doubled or cut in half depending on the number of teachers served.

WE LOVE MISS MAUREEN!

The result: the teachers were THRILLED! We set up the food and left so we weren’t around long enough to see their reactions but they all said something to us and expressed how grateful they were for our thoughtfulness. Heck, making lunch is the least I can do for putting up with my two birds!

What do you do for your teachers? I’m already thinking about ideas for next year!