I’ve been working all week on decorating our kitchen nook for a back to school dinner party. I love to send my kids off to school with a special meal so they think starting school again is fun. It never works; they are still disappointed summer has ended. But I have loads of fun and frankly anytime the kids are out of the house it is cause for celebration! I have always loved that Staples commercial when the parents are celebrating the return of school because I thought it perfectly described how all parents feel when their kids go back to school!
Here is the wide shot of the kitchen nook. To the left are shelves that hold all my vintage cans and bottles and to the left is a ledge I like to decorate instead of a large centerpiece because there isn’t room on the table for much more then a few flowers.
Here is a better shot of the ledge. It separates our nook from the ‘study’ area. As you can see, I collect vintage school memorabilia and use it for the display.
The collection started with this lunchbox, which used to be my husband’s when he was a kid! I love having such a personal touch on display.
I got this pencil case ages ago and my oldest son uses it to keep his birthday cards organized. I also use modern supplies to fill in the decor- I think it keeps everything from looking too ‘grandma’.
This year I made a little ‘back to school’ garland using extra black paper plates and a white paint pen. It hearkens back to a black chalkboard- something my kids don’t even have in their classrooms! They use a dry erase board! This was a super easy project that only took about 30 minutes, but will last at least a few years.
I also created these ‘custom’ plates using the aforementioned white paint pen and black paper plates.
Moving on to the shelves, you can see I added some vintage school supplies to continue the theme. Here are a few close-ups:
The vintage flash cards were also used by being strung from the light fixture as seen here:
Don’t you just love the scalloped edges! You can’t find those anymore, especially with something as mundane as flash cards.
In order to keep the cards pristine, I just used mini binder clips and added twine which was then tied to the chandelier.
Finally, I made a really simple lined paper garland. I purchased a 1/2 ” lined paper tablet, and then used the card stock cover to make a triangle template. Then I just cut triangles and stapled them together! Easy-peasy.
So what do you think of the party? Is this something you feel like you could recreate or use as inspiration? Do you do anything special to welcome the new school year?