big fat greek fundraiser

have you heard me talk about my daughter’s school before?
you may be confused, if not.
yes, i do home school, but only 3 days a week.
the other 2 days she is at a classical school in a regular classroom with 13 other kids.
even if you aren’t in the area, check it out.
you may be able to find something near you like it.
and the website has a wealth of knowledge on it: essays, podcasts… so much good stuff about classical education.

one of the fun aspects about our school is we study a different period of history each year,
4 periods in all, then after 4 years we go back to the first period we studied 4 years earlier. this gives the kids a chance to learn something in a new way each time the study it.

so this year we are studying the ancient world, and are currently focused on egypt and greece and the various gods, etc. we also have a fundraiser each year and ours was yesterday.
it was called the big fat greek fundraiser.
i was on the committee for the table decorations and we had to keep it cheap. as in as close to free as possible.

and we got pretty close!
the wreathes were made from donated olive branches, the olive oil was also donated, the wine was made by parents of a student, and we only had to pay for the paper costs.
instead of numbering each table, we gave them a name of a greek god, and there was a little card with funny facts about each god.

each seat had a “charger”. since the meal was served, the plates weren’t on the table when the guests arrived. so to fill that space we made these “chargers” with cardstock printed with various mission statements from parents and teachers, then rimmed them with a gold marker.

and i just added a little tag to the olive oil bottles with our school name. i *love* the label on these bottles! they are so simple and pretty.

so here’s where the funny part comes in:
as i’m leaving my house to go set up the tables yesterday, my friend calls and says one of their gods and goddesses had to cancel because of a sick child… and would i fill in? uh, not my cup of tea. so i said i’d think on it as a last resort.

we were the last resort.
childcare fell in place.
the costumes were delivered (which you can’t see in this pic how amazing they really were).
we really wanted to attend, but just weren’t able to commit to it financially this year (its a very fancy event). thankfully, it all worked out for the best and we were not only able to attend as the welcoming god and goddess, ares and athena, but our good friends had empty seats at their table and we sat with them!

it was an amazing night and the live auction was unforgettable!
thank you joy for pushing me out of my comfort zone!


  1. 1
    Rebecca Welch says:

    Isn't it great when things fall into place?
    Great photos!

  2. 2
    allthingsjuice says:

    I love the little tags on the olive oil. Where did you find those?

  3. 3

    for the tags i borrowed a tag punch and bought gold paper from michaels. i tag and hole punched them after i printed on them.

  4. 4

    do they use "story of the world?"
    i have been using s.o.w. for years. LOVE IT!

  5. 5

    Great post & photos! I totally respect those that homeschool! That is so awesome! :)
    ((hugs & blessings))

  6. 6

    denise – we do use story of the world! it is so good, and the workbook is really helpful, too!

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    Shady Lady! says:

    How cute! I got my posies today – LOVE Them!

  8. 8

    I love this fundraising idea! Great decorations & costumes.

  9. 9

    i got my apron today..and i LOVE it!! I can't wait to show it off at the Christmas Show! thanks so much Lindsey!! amazing job once again. have a blessed day

    {have fun with the fundraiser..can't wait to see it}

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