Lakewood Elementary School secretary Valerie Dauphin has been putting her own spin on Christmas for years now, and the scale of her annual over-the-top celebration is quite surprising – and tiny.
Dauphin, who has worked at the school for 11 years, said was inspired 7 or 8 years ago with the theme for her unique party – Miniature Christmas.
“It all started when I went to the Dollar Tree and they had these little mini forks and spoons and I was like, ‘Look how cute this is … How cute would it be to have a mini party?’”
Ever since then, Dauphin has been serving up mini sized treats and portions of holiday favorites each year during the holidays to the school staff. Items include lil smokies, bite sized pies, tiny sips of sparkling grape juice, itty bitty cups of ice cream sundaes, and cookies baked from her Easy Bake Oven.
“I never had one of those as a kid,” she said laughing about the miniature cooking device.
Dauphin said the party is definitely meant to be more fun than fancy.
“I try to make it as tacky as possible,” she said. “And then I send out an invite to the faculty and staff and they stop in and spend a few minutes enjoying everything. It is a lot of work and I thought people were probably getting tired of it, but people kept asking about it this year. All the new teachers really enjoyed it … they’re just amazed by it. It’s fun.”