Monday, March 29, 2010

Today's Special

I'm hoping these tins made it safely down the halls of our elementary and intermediate schools this morning.



We wanted to remind our teachers how special they are by surprising them with a fresh spring lunch of chicken salad croissant, fruit salad, crackers, broccoli salad and jellybeans.



I found pretty pastel tins at Michaels craft store. With their clear lids, I thought they would be perfect packaging for an Easter surprise. I lined the bottom of each tin with a pretty napkin and used cupcake liners to create compartments for this refreshing menu. (Wouldn't this be a fun way to deliver lunch to a shut-in or surprise girlfriends at a springtime picnic?)



Pretty ribbon ties everything together and holds cutlery. A fluffy bow adds the finishing touch.

I hope our teachers will have a spring in their step today!


20 comments:

Love Being a Nonny said...

What a thoughtful thing to do! I use to work in a school...those teachers will be in heaven today! It's those little things that mean so much to them. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus today. And for modeling *doing for others* to your children

Rach said...

Those look fantastic!! What lucky teachers.

glor said...

This is lovely. You certainly will have made these teacher's day. Such a thoughtful thing to do.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are the sweetest one, Melissa! I always love to see what you've fixed for the teachers, and I know they will love their lunches. The presentation is perfect, too.

Sorry I've been MIA, but I've been without computer access and will be again. If you have time, please offer up a prayer on our behalf for the sale of our second home to the right buyer. More on my blog. Thank you, friend.

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Adventures of Baby Bond said...

You are the best! I think I will be fixing this for my lunch this week :)

linda said...

I bought those same adorable tins to deliver Easter cookies in. They are so adorable aren't they!?

I'm sure the teachers were so pleased and thankful for your thoughtfulness. What a special thing to do on a beautiful spring day!

julie said...

wow! what lucky teachers! i remember you doing this last year! what a sweet idea!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

As an elementary teacher myself, I can confidently say this is beyond kind! I know your children's teachers enjoyed their lunch very much. How very generous!

momaof4 said...

So cute!! I know my hubby would love this, he is a teacher. Sometimes they just aren't remembered enough.

Cathy said...

what a great lunch and beautiful presentation. I want
to duplicate it now. What kind of crackers did you
use?

Anonymous said...

How lovely, Melissa. Your thoughtfulness and creativity certainly bless everyone you come in touch with.

Have a good Easter week. Debbi

T. Brodie said...

I must say, I might have been a little jealous when one of those appeared at the table next to me. She LOVED it! What a great idea!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Brilliant as usual. What lucky teachers!!

Sue Sparks said...

What a beautiful idea! My sister is a kindergarten teacher and I can assure you she would feel very much appreciated to receive such a lovely and delicious lunch!

Melissa Lester said...

Cathy, those are new crackers by Wheat Thins that come in a bag. I found them with the traditional Wheat Thins, and Mary Ashley said they are her favorite kind of cracker.

Taryn, I still have two more to send through second grade, so you might get another "thank you, teacher" meal yet!

Jennifer Driver said...

Very cute! Great idea!

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Oh Melissa! You are constantly living up to the name of your blog! This is just lovely! Such a thoughtful gift for the people who spend just as much time during the day with our children as their parents do!

Practically Precious said...

What a beautiful presentation. On a practical note, do you walk these in to the teachers or do your children take them? Do you think they stick the whole thing in the fridge or how do they keep it fresh until lunch? Those may be crazy questions, but I'm just trying to figure out how I could do this as well. Thanks!

Melissa Lester said...

I did let my children carry these in this time and cautioned them to be very careful. As far as I know, the tins made it safely to their destinations. Most of the teachers have little refrigerators in their classrooms, so they probably kept the tins in there until lunch. Carson said his teachers loved their lunches so much, one said she wanted to eat the paper too! :)

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Melissa,
It's been so much fun catching up with what I missed this last week while I was spending time with my family. Your Easter pictures look so sweet, I am sure you had a wonderful time with family. And I love your lunch box idea, they remind me of Japanese bento boxes. Just the American version! Great idea, I am sure all the teachers loved them!
Kate

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