Summer should have gotten a speeding ticket, because it just flew by! As we hang on to the last few sacred days of summertime, most kids are heading ‘back to school!’ Therefore, I have rounded up a few ideas and one of my family’s favorite traditions to make this transition not only manageable, but fun! Traditions are what make each family unique. The point is to create traditions that your kids looks forward to each year. I realize that every day can not be ‘Pinterest perfect,’ but you will never regret taking time to make memories. For us, we start the week with a fun back to school breakfast.
First, use school themed paper as a placemat. For example, I found this notebook paper themed poster board and gift tag at the Target Dollar Spot for $1. Other ideas are to use scrapbook paper or an open book as a placemat and sit a plate or charger on top.
In addition, I do like to personalize place settings with names and or small treats. I used sharpie marker to write my daughter’s name on a wooden tag. If you are looking for a fun way to personalize your tablescapes more often, I use these wooden ledges and letter tiles from Krumpet’s Home Decor. I love that the tiles come in a variety of colors from mint, like this, to orange, red, black, white…etc. Use code CUTERTUDOR for 10% anytime!
Next, you can decorate a centerpiece with a stack of books and extra school supplies. Just add some markers or pencils in mason jars to set the school room vibe. Then, set the table with your everyday dishes. It’s that simple! Do something that you do not do everyday, and your kids will automatically be surprised and love the extra attention! Sleepy eyes and all!
After that, make a fun breakfast that your kids will enjoy. It doesn’t have to be fancy for your kids to feel special or get excited about school. They will not remember if you served homemade French toast with omelets made from farm fresh eggs or their favorite cereal. However, your kids will remember that ‘mama tried.’ Share your gifts with your kids without comparing yourself to other moms. You were made to be your child’s parent. Therefore, if cooking is your strength, make your kids the cutest fruit face pancakes. If words are your forte, send them to school with the most inspiring note in their lunch box. I love to decorate, and my kids know that fun tablescapes and themed parties is one way I show them how much I love them and want them to feel special.
These ideas are not meant to make you feel like you aren’t doing enough. I get it working moms, moms of littles, moms of multiples, moms of kids in every freakin’ school activity, moms who carpool their daughter to cheer an hour away… we are all struggling to do the best we can! So, I will include an alternative idea for ya.
One year, I went all out to decorate our dining room with a vintage inspired back to school tablescape. It was my son’s senior year of high school and my daughter’s first year of middle school! Surpisingly, I used all things that I already had. You can read all about it, here!!!! But first, here’s a sneak peak!
Thank your for stopping by the blog! Most importantly, I hope that your kids or grandkids have a great school year! If you love these ideas, please share on Pinterest or Facebook with your friends and family. Above all, remember that the days go by slow, but the years go by fast.