This post contains everything you ever wanted to know about the Pink Yink Ink Drink Breakfast I planned for my daughter's school.
If you are in the "What did I get myself in to?! I AM FREAKING OUT!" stage and are looking for step-by-step instructions on how to coordinate a breakfast for your school, don't worry. I've got you covered. Our post, "How To Plan a Breakfast for your School," will walk you through the entire process. Be sure to download our free planning guide too!
Pink Yink Ink Drinks (Smoothies) + Coffee
A Pink Yink Ink Drink breakfast wouldn't be complete without pink drinks! The staff had the option of smoothies or Starbucks with their breakfast. I included drink orders with the breakfast invitation, and asked that the teachers and staff return them the Thursday before Staff Appreciation Week.
TIP: The drink order forms were printed on letter sized sticker paper and cut apart. It is so much easier than trying to align them on shipping labels. Shipping labels always shift on me during printing and make me nuts. Trust me on this.
The day before our breakfast, I took 1/2 the orders to the Starbucks about a mile away, and 1/2 to the other Starbucks a mile the other way. (Remember, I live in Seattle. We’re surrounded.) I pre-paid for all of the drinks to make pick up easy for the 4 parents picking up the 40 lattes the next morning. The baristas loved the sticker labels. They quickly and easily made the pre-ordered drinks and attached the labels. The drinks and breakfast were waiting for the teachers/staff at 7:50am. I wanted them to have time to enjoy their breakfast before school started.
UPDATE: The pre-ordering/sticker label system works really well as long as you have enough volunteers willing to pick up your drink orders. Have you been to Starbucks at 7:30am? It is CRAZINESS. In later years, instead of picking up coffee, we had the coffee come to us. Be sure to read our post, "How To Plan a Coffee Cart for Your School." Coffee carts are the way to go, and if you structure it correctly, the cost of the cart won't even come out of your budget. You may even make money!
I even created an additional printable collection that coordinates with our Pink Yink Breakfast. Are you ready for this? It may be my favorite. "Oh, The Thinks You Can Think..with Coffee!" I'm also a big fan of the "Oh, The Places You'll Go...with Coffee!"
I pink-a-fied the staff lounge by tying tulle to the tops of all the chairs, and on the cupcake stands. The table cloths were pink as were the cups, plates, napkins and utensils. I also placed pink daisies on the less colorful platters (like bagels).
The parent volunteers brought in a delicious selection of breakfast foods. As for the smoothies, those are expensive to buy pre-made, so I bought frozen smoothie packets from Costco. I simply added milk, blended, and voila… Pink Yink Ink Drink!
TIP: Check the teacher/staff questionnaires for food allergies and plan accordingly. There are a few teachers at my daughter’s school with wheat/gluten sensitivities and I wanted to make sure they had a yummy breakfast to go along with their coffee or smoothie.
It's Your Turn!
Our "Pink Yink Ink Drink" printables are available for purchase here.
"Oh, The Thinks You Can Think... with Coffee!" printables are available for purchase here.
More Seuss-y Goodness
This is just one event from our Dr. Seuss inspired Appreciation Week. You can read about the other days and activities below.
How to Plan a WHO-TASTIC Appreciation Week
"Hop on Pop" Gourmet Popcorn Bar
Biffer Baum Boxed Lunch
Who Feast Lunch
Who Treats Dessert Bar