Friday, February 26, 2016

Retirement Party-Pineapple Style

 On January 30th, my Mom officially entered the world of retirement.  Her work threw her a really sweet party.  She had been at UT Dallas for 29 years.  I had the family over on her last day of work for dinner.  To celebrate, we are headed to Hawaii soon.  I decided to do a pineapple theme with (sort of) Hawaiian-ish food (that my extended family would eat-they are picky).  I went with gold and yellows.
 I picked up some pineapple straws at the dollar tree last summer (yup, I plan waaaay ahead-always).
 I made Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches, sweet Maui onion dip (just onion dip and chips), roasted pigs (bbq mini sausages) and cheese, macaroni salad, slaw (gone vegan by using an Oriental Roman Noodle instead of the chicken), and a fruit salad.  I had planned to make pineapple cupcakes, but we came home with a ton of bundt cake from the party the day before, so I sliced up the lemon cake and added some little honeycomb pineapples.
 I found super cute pineapple toothpicks at Hobby Lobby.
 I also found chalkboard pineapple clothespins at Michael's and I sprayed them gold to label the food.
Very easy, and a fun reason to get together as a family.