Let’s plan the most fabulous garden themed Teacher Appreciation Week to celebrate your school’s staff and teachers for all of the fabulous work they’ve been doing all year long to make your school a better place!
Teacher Appreciation Week is typically observed during the first full week of May each year, but it’s never a bad idea to honor your teachers and staff whenever the spirit moves you.
Let’s walk through a gorgeously planned out floral garden themed staff appreciation week!
Decorating the staff lounge, library or other space where you’re hosting the teacher celebration with a garden theme is easy when you steal these ideas!
Welcome staff into the party room with a decorative banner, making the entrance welcoming and impossible to miss.
This daisy chain balloon kit will help you craft cute flowers directly on spot for the theme.
And then layer this simple pennant on top of the banner for a knock out look.
Transform boring walls by hanging clusters of these paper flowers. They’re such a lovely accent!
Don’t forget the use all spaces for adding decorations to the space, including the ceiling! These paper lanterns are quite fun and would be easy to hang, especially if the ceiling is like most in schools, with a dropped ceiling grid.
Intermix some swirls beside the lanterns for a fun decorative mix.
Decorating the table is a surefire way to add some easy decorative accents to the space without taking any time out of your schedule, plus some function at the very same time.
Covering the table with a tablecloth not only beautifies and protects the surface, but also makes clean up easy since you can just fold all of the dirt and crumbs into the middle of the table cloth and toss it when the event is over.
Next, roll out a patch of green grass to add some much needed contrast and visual break for all of the floral patterns.
This mix of floral centerpieces make for an pretty addition to the table.
Next, choose some on theme garden plates to accent the tablecloth.
And don’t forget about napkins! This set coordinates nicely with the two plate options.
With food allergies and other dietary restrictions for so many folks, labeling food is essential and a super thoughtful thing to do. These tent cards are a simple way to alert guests to foods with common allergies, like peanuts as well as kosher, gluten-free, vegan, etc. dishes.
Another option for labeling food are these plant markers.
Plant the markers in a colorful pot so they’ll stand out on the table and be more noticeable to those who need the information.
And add some butterflies to add even more panache!
Daily Appreciation Plan
To really make your teachers and school staff feel loved and appreciated, use this plan of events to do something for them every day of the work week:
Set up a bountiful breakfast with loads of goodies like:
- Mini Naked juice bottles
- Bagels and cream cheese
- Granola bars
It’s easiest to buy breakfast items in bulk when possible, to avoid the run around and workload for the Staff Appreciation Chair, so hit up big box stores to save some time and get better pricing in most cases.
Follow up Monday’s breakfast with a gift and personalized note for each staff member, which they will really love.
Don’t fret about what to give as gifts, since candy is always a great thing to consider.
These individually wrapped sunflower lollipops are a yummy treat.
These sunflower keychains are a non-edible addition to the gift bag.
And be sure to pop in a packet of wildflower seeds.
Bag up everything into a cute gift bag.
Midweek, treat the staff to a lovely luncheon!
Partner with a local restaurant to cater the luncheon, call a few food trucks in, or put out a spread for a hearty salad buffet.
Be sure to finish off the day with a delicious dessert.
Cupcakes are an easy post-meal treats. And there are many cupcake liners to make the baking process easier and the end result more beautiful!
Elevate the cupcakes with a cute butterfly topper.
Display the treats on a cupcake stand to open up more room on the table. Always smart to go vertical, rather than horizontal when serving a staff luncheon to serve more at once.
Load up an A/V cart from the library with snacks and hand deliver a mid afternoon treat to each classroom.
If you’re not able to personally deliver the treats, set up a snack station in the Staff Lounge in the morning for staff to grab and go throughout the day.
Finish off the week with a thoughtful gift of a potted plant or a bundle of seeds for teachers to grow in their home gardens.
If you start early enough in the year, you can get a few PTO members to start baby plants by taking cuttings of their plants, making the gift low cost.
Plant up the baby plants in a pot like this one.
If you don’t have enough time to propagate the plants, another option is to gift a seed pot instead.
You can also buy a flat of annual plants and cut the cells apart and give a plant to each teacher and school employee.
It’s a small, but thoughtful token of appreciation!
Over to You!
All of these ideas for a floral garden-themed Staff Appreciation Week will bloom into a memorable and heartwarming experience for your school employees.
Each day’s event is a lovely way to recognize staff for their efforts and hard work.As the week draws to a close, and a reminder of their dedication.
Just as a garden flourishes with care and attention, our school and PTO connections flourish when we take time to express our gratitude and appreciation!
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