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Back To School Family Dinner Ideas

Back To School Printables and Family Dinner: decor ideas, dinner and free printable Back To School printables, and “All About Me” sheet.

Back To School Printables and Family Dinner: decor ideas, dinner and free printable Back To School printables, and "All About Me" sheet.

Start A Tradition

It’s a tradition at our house to have a back to school dinner on the first day of school and hear all about the first day of school.  This year we’ve made some free Back To School Printables too.

Back To School Dinner

We get to hear stories about who’s in our kids classes, what teachers they have, and how they think the year will go, as well as updates on all their friends.  I always try to make it special for them, and it’s something they look forward to.  I think I might be doing some version of it even when they’re in University!

Back To School family dinner

Free Back To School Printables

The years do pass quickly, and family traditions are so important for creating your family’s story.  I think any excuse to connect with our kids is a good one.  This year I’m sharing things a little early in the hopes that it helps you celebrate back to school at your house too.  We’ve created some amazing free printables for this party, and they’re available to all our subscribers.

Back To School free printables

There’s a printable back to school banner, cupcake pics, lunch box notes, and an “All About Me” sheet that I hope will help you create a really special tradition for your family.

The Tablescape

I partnered with Giant Tiger to put together this post and found so many great pieces, at amazing prices.  For the table setting I actually started off with a curtain I found on clearance, and used it for my table runner.  It was the perfect colour and looked great.

back to school party

I layered on top some gorgeous cement candle holders from Giant Tiger also.  I just loved their tropical plants, and bought lots to use as a centre piece down the middle of the table.

Back To School party decorations

Pencil Planters

I had fun creating some simple DIY Back to School planters with some pencils.  We used our saw to cut the pencils in half, and then used simple elastics to wrap them around the plant pots.

DIY Back To School Party Decorations -pencil planters.

It was a really easy DIY and couldn’t be more perfect for a back to school table.

Make your own Back To School Party Decor

At each place setting, I used our Lunch Box Notes as a napkin ring –which you can have as a free printable by subscribing below.  I made some simple pom poms with yarn, and added them to each napkin too.

Back To School Party Printables

The Dinner

I also added a Caramel Apple Trifle to each person’s spot.  I love to have an apple dessert for back to school, it just seems perfect for fall.  We made these as individual servings in mason jars.

free back to school printables

You can find the full recipe Caramel Apple Trifles here.  The dessert got topped off with our free back to school cupcake topper printables.  I just printed them at home, cut them out with a circle punch, and hot glued them to some toothpicks.  They look so great in our desserts.  These would look great in another individual desserts too, especially cupcakes.

back to school dinner

Also on the table, I included all of the girls’ school supplies.  Giant Tiger had a great selection of everything from mechanical pencils to calculators.

free back to school Party Printables

For dinner I always think of back to school as the return to comfort food.  I picked up everything for dinner at Giant Tiger -a simple salad, garlic bread, stuffed chicken breast and pasta.

back to school family dinner

For drinks, I thought it would be fun to stick with the apple theme and made Caramel Apple Floats. These were really easy to make.

back to school party ideas

We filled a mason jar about 1/3 full with apple juice, added in a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream, and then topped it up with ginger ale.  Then we drizzled a little caramel sauce over the top.

free back to school printables

I used paper straws, and hot glued on a couple of the cupcake topper back to school printables -so simple and adorable.

Free Printable Back To School Banner

Over on the side table, we picked up our handsome bull print (we found ours in store, but this one on-line is similar) and the pretty lanterns at Giant Tiger.

Back To School printable banner free

To set the scene for the festivities, we added this great back to school banner, which we’re offering as a part of the back to school free printable package.

free Back To School printable banner

Just print it out on your home printer, cut it out, punch some holes in the corners and string it up.

Back To School party decorations

Free Printable “All About Me” Sheet

And one more fun addition to the dinner is this “All About Me” back to school printable.  Have your kids fill it out over dinner, and use it start the conversation about the day.  Keep it after as a fun keepsake.

Back To School all about me printable

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With a fun Back To School Dinner and Free Back To School Printables, life really is a party!

This post was sponsored by Giant Tiger.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thanks so much for supporting the brands that make Life is a Party possible.

More Inspiration

Want some more Back To School Dinner Inspiration?  Check out last years Back To School Family Dinner 2018:

And the year before that -Back To School Dinner 2017

And the year before that… Back To School Dinner 2016.

And, the year before that, Back To School Dinner 2015.

You might also like our Notebook Paper Sugar Cookies:

Or our Marshmallow Pencil Snacks:

Or our Apple Truffle Pops:

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