Back to school time is here! A back to school teacher breakfast is a great way to start the year off on the right foot. And if you’re going to host one, you’re going to need a cute invitation to go along with it!
In this post, we’ll walk through a few breakfast ideas to welcome back teachers in the teacher’s lounge. Plus, we’ll create a custom printable (and email-able) invitation together, step-by-step.
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How to Plan Your Back to School Teacher Breakfast
Sometimes, PTA and PTO leaders will welcome teachers and staff back to school with a practical gift, but a fun breakfast in the teacher’s lounge is always a hit among the staff.
To plan out your breakfast, start by thinking about what kind of food you want to serve. Does a full breakfast spread in the teacher’s lounge make sense? Or maybe a grab-and-go snack station?
It’s important to consider your budget for the event along with the guidelines of what food is allowed at the school when planning.
Your breakfast can be as simple as coffee and donuts from a local donut shop or as involved as a continental breakfast spread like you’d see in a hotel lobby. The choice is up to you (and your budget, of course)!
Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
- Coffee and Donuts
- Waffle Station
- Coffee and Muffins
- Cereal Station
- Bacon and Eggs
- Snack Station (packaged grab-and-go snacks)
If you’re looking for more breakfast food ideas, Julie at Happy Home Fairy has an awesome collection of teacher breakfast meals for you to check out. She hosted 4 days of breakfast for her school’s teachers so there’s lots of fabulous ideas there!
Pinterest (a parent volunteer’s BFF) also has tons of great ideas on what kind of breakfast food and beverages you can serve to teachers and staff.
Planning a Menu Around Coronavirus Restrictions
With all the restrictions around food during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may not be able to serve the breakfast or luncheon of your dreams. Many schools are requiring all food on campus to be pre-packaged.
If your school is following these guidelines, we suggest setting up a grab-and-go style snack station for teachers. You can include sweet and savory options in the station or stick to a breakfast theme.
Here’s a few of our favorite items to include:
- Granola bars (variety packs come in handy)
- Kind bars
- Mini Muffins
- Yogurt (with individually packaged spoons)
- Mixed fruit cups (also needs spoons!)
- Mixed nuts (check your school’s policy on nuts first!)
- Chips for a mid-day snack
- String Cheese
- Single serve hummus
- Beef jerky snack sized packs
When buying food to bring to school, always check your school’s food policies. Things like tree nuts and peanuts may not be allowed on campus.
Use an Invitation to Spread the Word About Your Back to School Teacher Breakfast
Letting teachers know about your back to school teacher is pivotal, especially if your breakfast event will be held before school starts in the morning. Letting teachers know will ensure they come a few minutes early to enjoy the wonderful gesture you’ve planned.
The best way to spread the word is with a cute invitation of course! This flyer is completely editable in Canva (a free online program). You can change the text to say whatever you like for your back to school event.
CLICK HERE TO GET A COPY OF THE FLYER
The link will open up the invitation template in a new tab. From there, click on the Use template button.
Next, you’ll be prompted to login to your Canva account or create one. It’s totally free to use! I log in using my Gmail account.
Once you’ve got your account set up, it’s time to start editing the invitation.
First, you’ll want to add the name of your PTO, PTA or whichever group is hosting the breakfast to the teal line of text. To edit text on the flyer, double click on the text box and select the words you’d like to change.
Next, change the large text shown below to describe what kind of event you’re hosting. Whether it’s coffee and donuts, a waffle station or eggs and bacon, be sure to read through the purple paragraph just above it to make sure the sentence makes sense!
Now, it’s time to tell them when and where the event will take place. Typically, a welcome back teacher breakfast will happen on the first day of school or sometime during the first week of school.
For this example, we’re setting up a snack station in the teacher’s lounge, so there’s no real “time” for the event. We will leave up the station until we run out of snacks (or until the end of the week, whichever comes first).
Once you’re happy with your flyer, it’s time to download it as a PDF. To do this, select the download icon at the top right of your window. It looks like a little arrow pointing down at the ground. Then, hit the teal Download button.
Your flyer should start downloading automatically. Here’s what it looks like in the Chrome browser:
You now have a cute, custom back to school teacher breakfast invitation!
This template can be used for back to school student events too. All the text shown on the invitation is completely editable so the possibilities are endless!
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Send Your Back To School Breakfast Invitation to Teachers and Staff
You can let teachers and staff know about the breakfast by printing out the invitation and distributing at school. Teachers are usually preparing their classrooms the week before school starts so that would be a good time to hand them out. Since the invitation is a PDF, you can actually email it to teachers and staff instead (my preferred method!).
However you decide to send out your flyer, I hope this post helped you create a fun back to school teacher breakfast invitation that you’re proud to send!
It’s so important to support our teachers to show how much we appreciate the work they do!
Have a great year,
P.S. If you’re also wanting to host a party for students and parents before school starts up, check out these back to school event ideas kids will love.
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