Looking for teacher appreciation ideas as the end of school approaches? Join together with other parents and throw a sweet and simple teacher appreciation lunch to celebrate the educators in your life. Gather a small group and follow this easy teacher appreciation menu.

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?  To make it easier for you to spread the gratitude, I wanted to share the simple but delicious lunch that a few appreciative moms and I put together to honor our teachers when the girls were in Mothers’ Day Out.

Because we didn’t have room mothers, the teachers and director of our program handled 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 for teacher appreciation week. 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. Working together, it was a breeze, and yet it meant so much. 

Here is the menu for our End-of-the-Year Teacher Appreciation Party. Feel free to use it as-is or mix it up to suit your needs.

Our End-of-the-Year Teacher Appreciation Menu

Baby Blue Salad, Grilled Chicken, and Company Pasta Salad for 12

End of the Year Teacher Appreciation Menu

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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.

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The Result of our Teacher Appreciation Lunch:

The teachers were THRILLED! They all said something to us as we set up their teacher appreciation party, and they expressed how grateful they were for our thoughtfulness. Heck, making lunch is the least I can do for putting up with my two birds all year!

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.

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

Kids hugging their classroom teacher