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