Saturday, November 2, 2013

{Party Bee} Witching Anne a Boo-tiful Retirement!

This Halloween was a little bittersweet as my colleagues and I had to say farewell to a co-worker and friend as her last day of work was October 31st and she entered into a most "boo-tiful" retirement!

Not only was Anne my supervisor but she had become such a dear friend and she will be missed tremendously. But we are very excited for her to start this next chapter of her life, so we wanted to send her off into retirement with a Spooktacular party!

It only seemed fitting that we throw her a Halloween themed party seeing that her last day was actually on Halloween...but this time I thought it would be fun to add a little "trick to my treats" by making it a surprise party! So with some help from my friends and co-workers we managed to brew an enchanting celebration!
Because Halloween is traditionally known for its orange and black color palette, and the Museum's logo shares the same color palette, it only seemed fitting that the decorations be orange and black.
The centerpiece of the table was a painted paper mache witches hat in honor of "witching Anne" a Boo-tiful retirement!
There was an array of sweets for the guests to choose from! The table had cupcakes with both chocolate and butter cream frosting topped with customized cupcake toppers.....
 ....There was also sugar cookies decorated as witches hats and boiling cauldrons...
 ....Hershey candy bars wrapped with customized wrappers sat in skeleton gable boxes with Skittles and Starbursts inside flanked each end of the table....
 ...Water bottles with "Witches Brew" pouches (Crystal Light flavor packets) and striped straws topped with festive flags were aligned in rows next to the mini gable boxes...
 ....Mummy and Frankenstein Marshmallow Pop bouquets made by my good friend Vanessa and I sat inside jars of candy corn, as did "Witches Fingers" (chocolate covered pretzels) made by my wonderful intern, Teresa....also on the table were chocolate covered Oreos with bats adorning the top as well as some in the shapes of skulls...
Everywhere you looked there was candy and fun decorations! Even the place settings had Reese's Pieces candy in treat bags! If there ever was a day to have lots and lots of candy, Halloween is the perfect time!
 With all of the decorations and goodies in place, all that was needed was the guest of honor!
 And boy was she surprised!!!
Even my husband and kids (dressed in their costumes) were there to surprise her...they wouldn't have missed it for the world! It was their last day to visit Anne at the Museum.
 Here's to "Witching Anne a Boo-tiful Retirement"! Nobody deserves it more!