I'm in the process of helping with a bridal shower that we're hosting at our house on Sunday and in lieu of talking about that since we wish to keep things a surprise (sorta), let's just go back in time to my mother in-law's retirement party that I spearheaded back in... June of last year.
The theme was "School's Out: Jill's retirement and permanent summer vacation". These were the invites I designed for the event, had that neat little school chalkboard look since she was retiring from teaching and summer vacations are what teacher's and students live for.
So come on in to Mrs. Fredrich's class.
Miri put it up by herself in her apartment but I had three grown men help me.
Flavored drinks are the essence of summer so we went all out. I do not do drinks in cans or 2 liter jugs of anything. That't not my style.
Did my usual drink dispenser with flavored water thing. Right now in my fridge I have blood orange and mint water and it almost tastes like a cocktail.
Apple lime cooler. We tried using apples since it's a teacher thing.
Jill made meatballs with apple glaze on them.
I even think about the smallest details and had purchased summer magnets for her fridge and replaced her current ones with these summery ones.
I even wrote out things on her "checklist".
Hot dogs of course. They were outside but the accoutrements were inside.
Individual servings of guac and a chip: million times cuter than guac in a bowl.
I saw these on the internets and want to make them over and over. Caprese on a stick: basil, cherry tomatoes, mozarella, sprinkle some balsamic and olive oil and salt and pepper.webrestaurant, I mean you get 100 forks for $5. Bargain.
Well wish card box thing.
And I just had Jill bring home any school supplies she could spare in her office and we put them around the house.
Crayons in Mason jars? So cute I could punch things.
Photobooths are always fun so we did that. I don't have any photos of that but they exist where it matters.
Fruit salad in a waffle cone.
And finally, more photos of school supplies around the house.
And some happy faces. Angie enjoyed pretending to fly a kite.
I usually hate chihuahuas but I actually really like this one.
Okay, that was a long time coming but ta-da. Jill's fabulous retirement party.