June 28, 2022Review Recipe
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Q: How do you creatively celebrate a school teacher’s new little arrival?
A: With a back-to-school-themed baby shower. This wonderful party was thrown by Whitney, of Whitney Smith Photography, for her friend Emily. The set-up is perfect right down to the last detail – including cafeteria lunch trays to eat on and chalkboard-inspired decorations. While these classy ideas were used in a baby shower, they’d work for any school or learning-themed party too!
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Close your eyes and think of an old-school classroom. Do you see visions of chalkboards, alphabet cards, proper letter formation, shiny red apples, and shelves lined with books? That is just what Whitney incorporated into her baby shower with these classic details from a school classroom. A darling refreshment table was set with tissue poms and alphabet cards dangling from the ceiling. We always appreciate party styling that utilizes space above and below the tabletop, especially in unexpected ways. A handmade table runner with over-sized, red rickrack was a terrific vintage embellishment for white cake stands and trays filled with scrumptious sounding lunch selections.
A hand-scrawled chalkboard is the perfect menu display, which highlighted the “bib lettuce” salad, tomato bisque, and chicken salad sandwiches. Pretty blue mason jars, filled with simple white flowers, paired nicely with the pops of bright red apples placed purposefully on the refreshment table. A variety of quench-thirsting options was served, including water bottles with custom beverage wraps. A favorite detail has to be the throwback cafeteria-style lunch trays for guests to use for eating!
A handwritten “teacher-esque” chalkboard schedule dictated a fun school-inspired series of events for the shower including free time, lunchtime, story time, show and tell, and recess. Show and tell time was spent opening and “showing” gifts. Whitney excused herself during the “show and tell” to bake fresh cookies for guests to enjoy as their “after-school snack”. The refreshment table was transformed into a dessert station with glasses of milk, warm cookies, and peanut butter and jelly bars—so clever. What a treat to be served warm cookies, fresh from the oven.
Whitney put together an especially thoughtful gift by including Emily’s students in a top-secret project: students wrote their own words of advice for the mom-to-be. Whitney read these sage words in the shower and everyone enjoyed hearing their “advice.” Whitney then compiled the student’s notes with other shower memorabilia in a composition notebook (perfect choice!) as a treasured keepsake.
Before the final bell sounded and shower guests left, they were sent home with lunch sacks filled with Hot Tamales and a little note from “Mom” to remind each guest to “have a great day”. The lined chalkboard with a “thank you for coming” message was a darling send-off. What a fabulous way to celebrate a teacher’s impending new arrival or the first day of a new school season.