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Friday, May 29, 2015

Minion Teacher Appreciation

This year I was the room mom for my son's 3rd grade class. It has been a blast! But it has also given me a chance to get to know his teacher on a more personal level as well, and I could not have been more appreciative of all she has done for my son as well as the rest of the students in the class. She really was a lifesaver and went above and beyond the 'regular teacher' to help these kids succeed! I wanted to do something a little extra to show our gratitude and appreciation for all her hard work this year. So I asked the teacher if we could have an 'end of the year' party for the class, she said yes of course ") but I chose to make it more of a surprise thank you as well!

Usually the parties are right after their lunch/recess so that is when I usually rush into the classroom and set up the decorations for all the parties. This is pretty stressful and I am sure I look like a frantic mad lady, but thanks so the help of my good friend/next door neighbor it usually gets all done by the time the kids get back!

The desks were divided up into 4 tables and we threw on some table clothes, a quick centerpiece with some banana shaped confetti, and some snacks on each desk. 
Each place setting had a cute little box of popcorn, mini water bottle, Minion goggles, and a Minion-ized banana.  
For the centerpieces I covered an empty soup can with some blue denim patterned paper, filled with some curled yellow ribbon and a large cut out of a letter P (for Mrs. Porter) to resemble Gru's logo.
I just adored these water bottle labels!
We also set up a fun little treat table in honor of the teacher...
I made a small little Minion cake for the teacher to take home.
All the facial expressions just crack me up!
and these cookies were just too cute to eat!
Little 'P' logo cupcake toppers ")
I simply could not get over the cuteness of these banner letters.
This little guy was pure AWESOMENESS! It is a balloon over 40" tall that has weights on the bottom so he just stands and doesn't float away. He was a hit with all the kids!
To kick off the party the kids watched 6 mini Minion Movies while eating their snacks. Each movie is only 3-5 minutes each, perfect for just a short activity and treats.
After the movies they kids broke off into 4 different rotations for some more games and activities.
The first one was one I called 'Minion Pong'
The group was divided into 2 teams, one team had a blue paddle and the other had a yellow paddle (large tongue depressor/craft sticks glued onto the backs of paper plates), and given balloons with Minion faces on them.
The object of the game was to hit the balloons back and forth over a line on the floor and try not to let it hit the floor on your teams side. If it did hit the floor the other team got a point. 
Pretty simple but very fun!
The kids created their own Minion for a craft station.
and played Minion Operation for another rotation...
For the last station the kids each thought of something like liked about their teacher and wrote it on the big poster. After they signed it they each got a cupcake to eat and lollipop to take home from the treat table.
For this I created a poster in Photoshop and sent it over to Costco to print. Then glued it onto a 20"x 30"piece of foam core board. This was so cute and some of the things the kids wrote were really sweet! It was a great way to end the year and the teacher got to keep this to look back on.
I almost forgot to mention that we hung up a large 3'x5' backdrop on the classroom white board that the kids could get their picture taken in front of if they wanted
My little Minion ")
Mrs. Porter's Minions 2014-2015
Thanks again so much for a wonderful year Mrs. Porter, we love you!

Vendors:
Event Styling and Photographs: Sweeten Your Day Events
Large Minion Backdrop: PartyPropPrints
Printable Minion Popcorn Boxes: ClaudellCrafts
Printable Minion Letter Banner: InstandBirthday
Printable Minion Faces Assortment: Distinctly Digital
Minion Cookies: MartaIngros
Custom Water Bottle Labels: LetsPrintAParty4U
Minion Movies and Operation Game: Amazon
Minion Goggles, Jumbo Balloon, Lollipops: Birthday Express