A Back To School Party

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One of my favorite traditions is to throw the kids a back to school party. I started it a year or two ago and it is so fun planning and decorating for the event. You can see pictures of how I decorated in 2011 here. My how far things have come! As you can see, I collect vintage school supplies throughout the year and then put them on display in our kitchen nook. I had to add a few modern items, like the brightly colored composition books at the bottom, because Ella loves to get into my displays and has broken a few items. I am a bit fussy about some of my beloved vintage tchotkes so I keep my favorite items to the top so she can’t reach them.

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The table was set using some black paper to give the impression of a chalkboard. I added some black letter stickers I found in my craft room to the curtains to add a bit of pattern to the plain white fabric.

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The place mats were created from scrap booking paper and the napkins that look like lined paper were found in the dollar section at Target! Each child received a little gift of a few #2 pencils wrapped with washi tape and some string.

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For the centerpiece I folded some lined paper in half to create a little runner and then placed apples that I cored out and filled with a sunflower.  I have seen others use this technique before with great success (here) and also had a version done using gourds (here).

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I printed out a menu and attached it to a clipboard that I was already using as decoration.

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Here are some of my vintage school supplies. That chalkboard used to be played with by me when I was a little girl at my grandmother’s house!

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More vintage school supplies. I made the banner using black paper plates and a white paint pen.

As a bonus I decided to make a little video to go with this post! I was inspired by A Beautiful Mess after seeing their video of their travels in Austin and thought I would put together a little something extra for you ladies. This is the first time I have made a “music video” type of movie, so I hope you enjoy it.

Do those of you with school aged (or older) children ever celebrate the beginning of school? If so, what are your family traditions?


  1. Barb Yankoski says

    Such a cute idea. Wish I had thought about something like that when my girls were little. The two of them would have loved it. Will certainly pass it on to the two of them to use for their own school aged children now.

  2. says

    I LOVE your back to school parties SO MUCH! Seriously, this makes you the best Mom ever! Love the vintage school items you’ve collected, makes me want to start so my future children can endure a similar celebration.

  3. says

    What a wonderful idea!
    For a very long time I used to collect school supplies: little trinkets like technical pens, funny pencil sharpeners and stickers..
    Centerpiece is amazing: apples cored out and filled with a sunflower look so refreshing!


  4. Lauren Martin says

    What lucky kids! That looks so fun almost makes me want to go back to school… Almost. 😉 Adorable set up though! Xx
    Lauren M

  5. says

    When I first saw the title of this post and the lead-in photo, I took it to be a celebration party for the moms. I say, send the kids outside and sit yourselves down and party, you deserve it!

    • BethanyThe Glamourous Housewife says

      Oh that happens on the first day of school for us! Until then we still have to work, work, work! LOL!

  6. says

    How wonderfully charming and fun! Even though it’s been many years now since I last headed back to class and I don’t have any kids to send off to school come September, I still love and get excited about this time of the year all the same. I’m planning a handful of back to school related posts this year just to celebrate the return of September classes, much as your fabulously lovely party and post about it does here.

    Here’s to a great new school year for one and all!
    ♥ Jessica

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