I was very reluctant to say “goodbye” to summer and “hello” to school madness. But now that we are back in the groove, I am grateful to our teachers who work so hard to make school a fun-filled learning environment for our kids.  As the PTA Hospitality chairmen, my dear friend Shelly and I welcomed our teachers back to school with a nautical-themed luncheon. Our motto was “Set Sail on a Great Year”.

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I made navy and white striped table runners for the guest seating area along with bold blooms in gold mason jars.

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A handmade banner sets the theme for the luncheon.

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Our menu consisted of a macaroni and cheese bar with salad and cornbread muffins.

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Here is a close up on the delicious Mac n Cheese.

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Summer salad with strawberries, feta, and candied walnuts.

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Our sailboat was a great centerpiece for the food table.

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A small sign greeted the teachers at the entrance.

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A view of the dessert, food, and beverages.

Our budget for the luncheon was $250 for food, beverages, dessert, plasticware and decorations. We had to feed 30 teachers and staff members. With a few simple touches, the room was transformed into something beautiful. The teachers seemed to enjoy the food, decor and dessert. All in all, it was a success!