Calling all children back to school….oh wait, that’s mostly in North America, and I suppose that they are already all in school by this date. In other countries kids are counting down the last few days till the end of school, lucky ducks! It just seems to me like we’re still at that bright shiny newness of going back to school days. Maybe that’s because I still have a big poster hanging in my living room and haven’t actually finished sending all the school supplies to school with my kids yet….
Oh well, I’m just living in/enjoying the moment I guess. Sometimes it just takes me longer than it does others to transition into the next moment…. :)
I had been looking at photos of peoples’ back-to-school parties and wishing that I could make one, so I’ve been kinda planning it in my head….but we’ve been busy and out of town. School supplies were bought before the day before the first day of school, really, they were. But we were having our last trip of the summer, and we came home late, and I ran out of time. But such is my obsessiveness that I just couldn’t let go of my party idea.
Even when one of my children said to me: “Mom, we don’t need any more parties!!” (Now how often do you hear a kid say that? Must be only one of mine….) But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. On the first day of school, when most of them were out of the house, I started to rush about and throw things together. I had purposely bought some very-on-sale school supplies earlier to use for this party table display. Thinking ahead helps, so I can throw everything together last minute….that’s the way I work.
So I was finishing up the display, when I suddenly noticed, oh, there are no desserts on this table….I had a globe, books and even an old typewriter…. Some fun erasers in a gumball machine (not edible)
But no food.
I had run out of time to make these super-cute apple cookies that I had seen on the Living Locurto blog. Or to dip oreos, or to bake a cake. NOthing.
Oh well, I actually felt a little pleased. My big beef with kids’ party tables is all the awful sugary things that kids are encouraged to eat. (Though that doesn’t usually stop me from doing anything). This table was decorated with school supplies, useful, shiny, new, needed, sugar-free, gluten-free school supplies. I could feel good about that. There was a “cake” of supplies….I had worked away at my decorating while my little buddy did some “painting homework” of his own,and my other little friend looked on,
But the kids were due home from school soon and I felt that they would appreciate some sort of a snack to take the edge off the day….so we went for easy snacks, with a twist…a twist of paper that is….And there were some Oreo cookies in the pantry, but first I just had to try out something I’ve been thinking about for awhile…Rainbow oreos!! I saw a photo of them on Pinterest, but was ticked off to see that the color was edited in. So I figured I could just brush on some food coloring….it worked well enough. Add some milk and chalkboards and wooden blocks: Print off a sign from Balancing Home, there are a lot of cool signs to choose from.
Oh, mustn’t forget the stash of Kex cookie biscuits from Ikea, they are always fun!! At least, I always have fun spelling with them…..Just stick that in there…..And finished, right before they all exploded through the door to fling their backpacks down!!They were impressed with the oreos at least…..Not so super impressed with me when I continued the fun by giving them some questionnaires to fill out!! I had printed out some really cute “how was your day” and “first day of school” questions and “how was your summer” type stuff. You can find some here and here. And maybe not so impressed when I told them the popcorn had no salt and butter (because that would ruin the photos with all the greasyness on the paper!) So we didn’t acutally eat the popcorn, that was for photos. But to make up for that, the next day I made it into popcorn marshmallow cake, for the second day of school treat!! I sure enjoyed that snack, reminds me of Auntie Darla’s popcorn cake….
And lest you are too impressed with my party table, I must say that I was totally inspired by some awesome parties I found online (and “lifted” a few ideas). Mostly by this Vintage Schoolhouse party by Kara’s Party Ideas. If you would like to see my Pinterest inspiration board where I found a bunch of ideas, look here. There are lots of fun printables and ideas, food, snacks, etc. There is a gorgeous party on Catch My Party, here that I just loved! So many ideas! But I couldn’t squeeze them all in. :( Maybe next year.
(Hmmm, as a P.S. maybe I should mention that this is a budget-friendly “party”, just use the supplies that you already need to buy for your kids and add in a few extra pencils and crayons for crafting, like covering a tin can in new pencils and taping/rubber banding them on. I already had chalkboards, and what I do a lot of the time is use black poster paper/board for chalkboards. That’s what I did for the chalkboard in a frame: it’s a poster. I don’t own chalkboard paint, but love the look! I already had the black circle banner from another party, so just chalked ABCDs onto them. The backdrop is an Ikea duvet cover that was on sale last year, yes I love those ABCs! Most of the props were things I’ve had for years, like apple Christmas ornaments and white metal trees. I just searched the house for fun things, like the Felix clock. The little desk was my most exciting find of spring garage-sale-ing this year, oh yes, my only find, too!! Anyways, I know I’m kind of a pack-rat and have lots of fun junk cluttering up my house, but really this is an improvised little party that you can make with chalk, paper, school supplies and some sweat and time!)
Oh, and by the way, a note about that “we don’t need any more parties”…. I had figured it came from someone wanting to go do other things instead of setting up a party, but apparently the reason was that I “get too tired and cranky” when I’m in party mode!!!! How do you like that? I told the truth: “I’m going to be tired and cranky anyways, so you might as well enjoy getting some good snacks out of a party once in a while!!” ;)