It’s finally here…school is out for summer! Last week was an absolute crazy whirlwind of class activities, parties, and coordinating teacher gifts. I really procrastinated too this year, so it was a lot of late nights last week trying to pull everything together! (And yes Ev is wearing high-water pants because he soaked himself at the water table at school and the only change of clothes I had were a pair of too small pants…mom fail).
I had signed up to organize Evan’s class party at the beginning of the year. And wouldn’t you know it – I completely forgot. After a reminder from his teachers, I scrambled to come up with some ideas. One of his teachers had mentioned that the kids loved to play pretend ice cream bar at their little playhouse – so we thought it would be a blast to turn it into a real ice cream bar on their last day! I grabbed some cute summery flamingo print cups with a matching serving tray (as well as some pink cutlery, napkins, & tablecloth to match), and a coordinating pom pom garland at my local dollar store. I printed some ice cream cones and a little banner I found on Pinterest to finish off the decorations. One of the moms sat inside and served the kids their choice of ice cream, and we had a little table next to the “ice cream stand” where the kids could go add their choice of toppings! We also put together some really fun and simple activities and games with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and a spoon/egg relay race!
I was also tasked with a craft and I wanted it to be something somewhat meaningful to take home as a last day of preschool keepsake. I somehow remembered Cole having a popsicle stick picture frame craft he had done years ago in preschool (which we still have!) and remembered I have a Polaroid camera collecting dust in a closet. I found a few cute inspiration ideas on Pinterest, and put together these little picture frames for the kids to decorate at the party, and then take home with a photo of them on their last day of preschool!
I also sent each child home with a party favor/gift which I thought would be perfect for them to play with over the summer.
And as a thank you to the kids’ teachers this year, I got them each a gift card to a local ice cream shop…which isn’t your typical ice cream shop. While they are family friendly and do have incredible fresh made ice cream in unique flavors – they also have booze infused ice cream and alcoholic floats. They have been incredibly successful and popular, and also happen to be opening their 2nd location soon just down the street from the kids’ schools – so I thought it would be a fun treat for the teachers to be able to swing by after a looong day at school and treat themselves! It’s definitely something different than I’ve done in years past – but I thought it would be something they weren’t likely to get from someone else, and it’s always nice to support local businesses as well!
And if you are still in need of teacher gift ideas, here are a few other ideas I’ve bookmarked for next year: