Host a back-to-school party
Summer will soon be a distant memory and the school rush will begin. Before you plunge back into the routine, create a tradition to mark the end of summer vacation and kick off an exciting new school year. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for hosting a back-to-school party the whole family will love.
Chalk it up
Photo credit: Just call me Martha
Chalkboards or blackboards are a simple way to add instant schoolhouse style. Put up a chalkboard easel with a welcome message to greet guests at the door, use mini-chalkboard signs to label treats, and display snacks on chalkboard “trays” of various sizes like you see above in this gorgeous back-to-school party put together by Leoni of Just call me Martha and featured on the Sweet Designs blog by Amy Atlas.
Blackboards of all sizes, like this Slate Chalkboard (Amazon, $6), can be found online.
Photo credit: Jar of Vintage Buttons
Serve the kids a special lunch — old-school style. We love the sack lunches from this adorable vintage schoolhouse party from the Jar of Vintage Buttons blog, each labeled with a chalkboard tag.
Photo credit: Crissy's Crafts as featured on Hostess With the Mostess
You could also fill metal lunch boxes with munchies, as seen above in the party hosted by Crissy from Crissy's Crafts, or go all out with cafeteria-style lunches served on these biodegradable divided trays. (The Webstaurant Store, $20)
School supply table
Photo credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat. Graphic design copyright One Charming Party
Instead of filling goodie bags with sugary snacks or dollar store trinkets, take a page from this back-to-school party from Brittany Egbert of One Charming Party. Brittany cleverly staged a table loaded with practical back-to-school items. Who wouldn't love to help themselves to an extra pair of scissors, a ruler or a few rainbow-colored erasers?
Set out bags and let guests do a little back-to-school “shopping.” These lined notebook paper goodie bags (Etsy, $6) would be perfect vessel to load up with fresh new supplies.
Photo credit: NieNie Dialogues
If you'd prefer to celebrate the start of school with a more personal celebration, you may want to adopt some ideas from blogger NieNie of the NieNie Dialogues. Every year, the Nielson family hosts a special back-to-school feast where each child unwraps and wears a special crown and receives a keepsake stained-glass star. While the theme of the feast may change from year to year, the event is a way to come together, enjoy a homemade meal (shh... we won't tell if you order in) and appreciate this special time before jumping back into the school-year rush .
Photo credit: Kurt Knudsen
Shop Kurt Knudsen's Etsy store and choose from a variety of stained-glass stars like this 5-inch Shimmer Star (Etsy, $12).
Download this fun Back-to-school printable party collection from The TomKat Studio. It includes matching notecards, labels, name tags and more.