Thursday, 5 September 2013

Teachers' Day

The Little Man is celebrating his first Teachers' Day since he started Playgroup at P and J.

Of course we had to get gifts for his lovely teachers. When I was teaching, I really appreciated the time and effort of the handmade gifts. ( I did definitely appreciate the thought behind the generic store bought gifts too though. After all, it is the thought that counts.). However, based on experience and personal preference, I liked the practical gifts best. And the edible ones.

I had first intended to make cake pop bouquets, but my trial run was rather dismal. So I shelved that idea as I did not have enough time or energy for more trial runs. So I decided to bake some cupcakes and pack them into some nice boxes that the teachers can re-use, instead of using the disposible cupcake boxes. This way, the teachers have something practical and I produce less waste at the same time. Win-win!

I decided to bake two types of cupcakes and bravely (foolhardily?) decided to try out two new recipes - a lemon cupcake and a chocolate cupcake. Thankfully they tuned out yummy! Super fortunately, as I only baked them the day before! (The lemon cupcakes were nice and lemony. The chocolate cupcakes were flavourful and very moist, but strangely seperated from the liners.)

The Little Man asked me to write the message in purple in (of course), and selected and pasted the foam fruit stickers as decoration. He ensured that each one had a purple fruit in there somewhere.

I lined the boxes with baking paper so that the cupcakes would not stain the boxes, hopefully.

The pretty boxes were from Daiso. The Little Man decided which teacher got the pink boxes and which got the red boxes.

One for each teacher:

Some of my friends posted brilliant ideas, such as taking a photo of their child with a big Happy Teachers' Day sign, personally decorated notebooks, tea with a note thanking them for being a great 'tea'-cher.

What did you do?

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