Smart Cookie Party

Smart Cookie Party: the perfect way to celebrate back to school, or graduation, free cookie party printables included.

smart cookie back to school party

We have a family tradition of having a special family back to school party on the first day –see last year’s back to school dinner here, and the year before here.  I love creating a special back to school family dinner, during which we can hear all about our kids first day.  We’ve been doing it for so many years, starting in elementary school and no that they’re in high school, it’s something we all look forward to.  This year I thought a smart cookie party would be a great way to celebrate together.


I started out by creating some beautiful free printables for the party to set the tone.  This set is so adorable.  Just subscribe to the blog and gain access to our free printable library with hundreds of free printables, including the Smart Cookie Party Printables.  Subscribe below for instant download access.  You can download the digital file and print at home or at an office supply store.Subscribe below and find the download link in our Free Resource Library.  Free printables are such a fun way to make your own party supplies.


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This party set includes a printable banner, two posters, a pendant, two sets of lunch box notes -that I used as gift tags, and napkin ring holders, plus table scatter.  These printable would also be great for a graduation celebration. You could also use them for a teacher appreciation gift.  The small signs or lunch box notes also make a great free printable tag.  You could also use these printables to create special celebration on the last day of school.

Smart Cookie Banner

Let’s start out with the adorable “One Smart Cookie” banner.  I printed these on cardstock on my home computer, then cut out, added holes with a mini hole punch, and threaded them into a banner.  So cute.

smart cookie printable banner

smart cookie themed party

Printable Signs

I created two fun signs you can use for your party.  The first is our large “You are one smart cookie”.  We printed it onto card stock and used it as decor, you could also frame it.

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The second printable sign is the “I love you more than milk loves cookies.”  It was a great addition to the table.

cookie themed party


I thought it would be fun to create a back to school pennant for the party.  Print this one on paper, and hot glue it to a dowel, then add some ribbons to decorate.

back to school party

Smart Cookie Printable Joke Cards

I also made a set of small cards.  These cards would be great as lunch box notes anytime. I used the joke set as napkin ring holders.  Just print, cut out the printable card, add a hole with a hole punch, and add to your napkin with some ribbon.  We had fun going around the table asking each other our jokes over dinner.

The size of these makes them perfect smart cookie gift tags, or bag toppers also.  Attach the free tag to sweet treats of homemade cookies in a cellophane bag, and anyone would love them.  Bring a bag of cookies to teacher night as a great gift.  Or use the cookie bag as a party favor with the free printable gift tags.

cookie themed party

cookie joke

smart cookie party

Mini Signs

There’s also a mini version of the larger signs.  I printed them on white card stock, and used these as gift tags.  Attach them to the bags with ribbon or baker’s twine.  I always like to get my girls a small gift, something like some new pens or pencils, and sticky notes are a great thoughtful small gift for back to school.  Lunch bags were the perfect treat bag that fit with our school theme, and the tags really dressed up the bags with a little piece of ribbon.  These little party favors were a hit.  These would also be great as an end of the school year gift during the last week too.  Or use them as gift tags on a package of cookies.

printable lunch box notes

cookie themed party

Smart Cookie Table Scatter

The last printable item in the printable set is the table scatter.  I used my Cricut machine to cut it out.  Up load the image, and use the print then cut feature to make it.  It worked perfectly for this.  It  would be more difficult to cut out by hand since it’s so small, but you could if you don’t own a Cricut machine.  It looked great as table scatter confetti for the party.

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cookie table scatter confetti

Cookie Party Table

I kept the table quite simple with a white linen table runner, some white flowers, and our printable sign and table scatter.  

cookie party ideas

back to school party ideas

You really can’t have a cookie party without cookies.  I baked some peanut butter, chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies for the party.  We used some large and small glass canisters as my cookie jars, and they looked great on the table.  

cookie party ideas

I also picked up some chocolate milk in glass milk bottle from the grocery store, and it looked so cute with the milk bottle image on the printables.  Our cookie bar was great.  Everyone enjoyed the cookies for dessert.  For a larger party, you could have some small bags for people to take some cookies home as yummy and cute gifts.  Homemade cookies make a great party favor, sure to be enjoyed by all.

milk and cookies party

Smart Cookies Decorated Chocolate Chip Cookies

I created a smart cookie for our printables and thought it would be a great idea to try and recreate it in real life.  The base is a chocolate chip cookie.  I decorated the cookie with some black icing, candy eyes, and a little pink icing.  These guys are a little wonky looking, but so adorable.  Use the black icing to create the glasses, and the smile.  Add the candy eyes, and just a drop of pink icing to make each cheek.  This might be a fun activity to do with your kids, if they enjoy decorating cookies.  It’s suitable for all ages, from very little to middle school, right up to high school.

milk and cookies party

smart cookies

Not a baker?  No problem.  Use store bought cookies instead of baking.  Or make things easier with slice and bake cookies.

smart cookie

This little smart cookie party for back to school was so much fun.  I froze the extra cookies, so they’ll be showing up in school lunches for weeks to come, and hopefully be a sweet reminder of this fun family party.

?This party themed worked so well for back to school, but it would also be great for a grad party.  A smart cookie graduation party theme would be so great for a graduation parties for your favorite graduate.  If you have a smart cookie graduating, they’re sut eo love this theme a whole lot.

smart cookie party

With a smart cookie party to kick the school year off, life really is a party!

More Back To School Inspiration

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Book Themed Party: book page wreath, DIY mini book garland, book page table runner, and lots of fun vintage books and other pieces.

Also check out our Back To School Family Dinner Ideas here.

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You might also like our Notebook Paper Sugar Cookies here.

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