It’s become a lovely family tradition for us to have a special family dinner -just the four of us, to celebrate the first day of school, and hear all the details of the day. Check out last years here, and the year before that here. My youngest kept asking me over the weekend if we were having one this year, and I tried to give vague answers like “we’ll see, I’m not sure if we’ll do it again this year” to help keep a bit of surprise in the air. I set it all up while they were at school, and when they got home they saw the table all prepared.
I’d been collecting some fun little things to use for the past month or so. I filled the centre of the table with lots of fun school supplies, all with a bit of a vintage feel.
At the end of the room, a little “first day” banner, and some first day of school photos from over the past few years, printed in black and white and hung on some baker’s twine with mini clothespins.
The globes were some I’ve found at garage sales over the last year. And what says “back to school” more than a big container of apples.
I also used some old books, and some pretty flowers from the garden.
The little metal school bus is one Paige received as a baby, and I keep it around to make an appearance at back to school each year. I also picked up a few fall scented candles -apple pie and cinnamon buns.
I had fun with the place settings. These sweet little bags held our cutlery and napkins, and the giant paper clips were a fun touch too.
The place cards are chalkboard tags, held by some pretty clothespins.
In the bottles, we had apple cider, and tied on some pretty paper straws with some ruler ribbon.
For dinner we had a yummy tortilla and italian sausage soup with lots of veggies.
And, in these sweet lined paper bags, nice crusty rolls to dip in our soup.
For dessert, we always have something apple flavoured. This year we had our fun apple truffle pops -see how I made them here and easy apple turnovers.
We had a great time celebrating another year together. Can’t believe how quickly they are growing up, so thankful to be building memories with them!
Hope the first day was a good one at your house. With a first day of school dinner, life really is a party!