My mom retired this year! She’s been working as a nurse for 41 years at Women and Infants Hospital (where Julius was born, not a coincidence). She didn’t want a big send off because of all the hardships nurses and hospital employees have been putting up with for the last several months. Since we were all in separate states, we decided to throw her a virtual retirement party! Below is all the silly stuff we did for her retirement “party”.
I really wanted to mail everyone cake in a jar, but I could not figure out how to get it there fresh! Instead Will and I tried many iterations of microwave mug cake – we decided on a very slightly modified version of this cake. I mailed the dry mix packets out, and warned everyone they needed eggs, milk and butter. Everyone liked the cake – even my nephew who had a version made with applesauce instead of eggs!
Celebration Cake Dry Mix Packets
Ingredients (for each cake)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon decorator sprinkles
Mix ingredients together, place in individual candy bags, tied with a ribbon and the instructions below.
Use the instruction labels here, with the text below:
Celebration Mug Cake!
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1 large Egg Yolk
- 1 Tbsp Milk
- Dry ingredient packet
Place butter into 12-ounce coffee mug; microwave 30-45 seconds or until melted. Add all remaining cake ingredients; mix well with fork.
Microwave 45-60 seconds or until cake pulls away from sides and top is dry. (Do not overcook.) Cool 1 minute. Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, as desired. Serve warm.
Silly Nurse Cap Party Hats
- 2 sheets of white paper
- glue stick
- red paper cut out into crosses using my pattern here
I used this tutorial to fold the hats, and it went very quickly!
- Cardstock (I used black)
- Colored paper (I used purple)
- Glue Stick
- Hot glue
- Cricut Pattern
- Use cricut to cut out this pattern on cardstock.
- Use cricut to cut out this pattern on paper.
- Remove paper and cardstock from excess paper then use glue stick to attach paper to cardstock.
- Hot glue the toothpick onto the back of the “Happy Retirement” paper and while the glue is still hot, cover with a scrap piece of cardstock.
- 2 sheets of colored paper
- 6 feet of ribbon
- Cricut pattern here
A party isn’t complete without games! We did a silly “Who Knows the Retiree” game (see here if you’re interested) as well as a version of Bingo we got at a thrift store (it was actually called Bardo – and had Shakespeare trivia built in).
We decided to give my mom a subscription to Masterclass, so she could investigate some new fun hobbies that she might want to try. In addition we also compiled a list of ideas for what to do during her retirement. We did this by entering items in a google spreadsheet and I then printed them all and put them into a bag. She could then read them all at once or take them out anytime she needed a “retirement idea”.