Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Retirement Party

The end of the school year is usually dotted with retirement parties. This year we celebrated the careers of two amazing nurses. They will enjoy this summer....and in August......exceptional freedom! I wanted to share a few pictures of the event, and a recipe for Meringue cookies.

1/2 cup granulated sugar                1/2 cup of chocolate chips
2 egg whites                                  1/2 cup of chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch of salt
(Use a stand up mixer if available)
Beat egg whites until stiff. Add cream of tartar and pinch of salt. Continue to mix and add  1 TBSP of sugar at a time. Fold in 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of chocolate chips/1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Place by teaspoon fulls on parchment covered baking sheet. Preheat oven to 375*. Place cookies in the oven and TURN THE OVEN OFF~remove in the morning. Put a note on the oven in case someone forgets you have something in the oven.


The meringues are on a Pottery Barn server I have used for many events.

Ruth did a marvelous job with the decorations. She drew the center piece and had matching plates and serving dishes. The banner and table cloths all coordinated with the color scheme. Check out the slippers made using two loaves of bread and royal icing....looks like slippers!

The strawberry cake was wonderful so I'll check with Ruth to post the recipe later!

Jamie serves up the green punch that matches the decor.....

Several folks brought goodies to add to the dessert bar....oh my! We will have to diet tomorrow.....

This funny sign covered the window so we could keep the decorations a secret....

Our ladies of honor we placed in the front of the room to receive special gifts that were given out while reading the retirement poem. It was cute and had useful gifts.....

The funniest thing we did was tape the nurses and staff singing and doing motions to the Sound of Music's song: So Long, Farewell. Ruth and Holle did an incredible job filming and editing to put it together. My photos didn't turn out too well but you get the idea. It was absolutely hilarious!
I wasn't very good at singing, and doing the motions.....haha...don't put me on stage!

The party was a huge success. These gifted nurses will be missed tremendously! Carrie and Jessica, enjoy your retirement! 

Y'all have a safe and productive summer....get those homes cleaned and closets de-junked quickly....August comes before you can get your list done!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a sweet send off! The video must've been hilarious, what a fun idea! The decorations and food looked awesome, especially the bread slippers. That's something I've never seen. I'm sure your retiring coworkers really appreciated all the time and thought that went into pulling it off. I'll look forward to seeing the recipe for the strawberry cake. Yum! Have a great day Lynda!


  2. Great pictures. Thanks for our official photographer!
    Hope you are enjoying your summer. Ruth


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