Back To School Dinner 2016

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

Yesterday was the first day of school, and as is our tradition, we had a special Back To School Dinner to celebrate.

You can find last years Back to School dinner here, and the year before that here, for more inspiration.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

This year, I went with a bit of a book page theme.  The table runner was made from some old books.  I ripped out some pages, and sewed them together on the sewing machine.  The book pages set the tone for a mainly black and white colour scheme.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

The placards were some sweet library card inspired tags.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

For the bottles of water, I used some cute numbered gift tags I picked up at Ikea.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

And on the straws, some cute “school days” flags I made.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

The table was really very simple.  I always think of apples when I think of back to school, so the simple centrepiece was just a line of fresh apples.  They smell so good!

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

In the background, I decorated the buffet with a back to school theme too.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

In keeping with the book page theme, I made some pretty book page tassels.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

The book page tassels were simple to make from some old books, and with some black and white washi tape.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

It was fun to use my vintage globes and few other school supplies to set the tone.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

We had pasta for dinner -a real favourite around here.  And for dessert, a few school inspired treats.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

You can see how I made the Book Page Sugar Cookies and Marshmallow Pencil Treats here.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

We traditionally have an apple dessert for this special dinner, and I had great plans for one this year.  But I used all the apples on the table and ran out of time, so I picked up some apple fritter donuts and decorated them with some book page pom pom picks.  I haven’t had an apple fritter in ages -boy were they yummy and so easy. 😉

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

We had a great time hearing all about the first day, from choosing a class pet (hermit crabs and fish are in the running) to not being able to find the washroom, to who they sat with on the bus.  It was a great family time, and one of our favourite traditions.

Back to School Dinner: a wonderful family tradition of a special Back to School dinner to celebrate the first day of school and hear all about it.

With a Back to School family dinner, life really is a party!

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Comments

  1. Just the right amount of decorating! Love your style!

  2. Thanks so much Sue.

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