Today was the luncheon, our biggest event of the week. Everyone loves Mexican-inspired food at our school. When we knew national appreciation week was set for this week, a fiesta was a must! The weather cooperated, and we were able to celebrate outdoors. The original plan called for alfresco dining in our beautiful outdoor classroom. Testing, however, was going on next door and so we moved the shindig to a shady spot sandwiched between the building walls (even better because we have gone from frozen tundra to tropical heat in the last two weeks).
We fed 50 people today, but only about 15 are scheduled for lunch at a which makes for intimate dining between the trees.
I made the flowers from crepe paper and "planted" them in metal tins. The bunting was made from white doilies with a few silver and gold thrown in to tie in with the silver from the tins. Even for school functions, I always opt for real linens. If you don't want to drag your good stuff to school, considering getting real stuff for the cost of disposable at Smarty Had a Party!
Surprisingly our "Mexican" lunch was catered by TGI Fridays and we could not be more pleased. Another school in our district gave us the tip to use them for conference night meals. I was skeptical, but we ordered a Burger Bar from them for Spring Conferences. We were thrilled and it was a no-brainer to use them again because we earned a bunch of rewards by using them the first time. That made the already reasonable prices even more reasonable. To make a Mexican inspired meal, we opted for the CHIPOTLE YUCATAN CHICKEN SALAD (yum!) with chips, salsa, and guacamole. We are providing so many sweets and meals through the week that the teachers were glad to have a "lighter" choice.