Moving on, or should I say Back to School! Crazy I tell you, where did this summer go? In honor of Back to school, we usually do a back to school dinner. Nothing special, just his favorite meal on a plate that says "You're special". This year, I decided to step it up a notch, and throw a Back to School Lunch Bash for Peanut and a couple of his friends!
I started at my inspiration place, Pintrest, yes you could say I am becoming an addict, actually it is bad. I have learned to set a timer to make sure I get off! After searching and searching, and asking Peanut for his input we came up with our Back to School Bash.
|Invitations- Peanut asked why he never got one so I taped his on the fridge!|
I had a million ideas floating around in my head but I wanted it to be simple (as if I don't have enough going on during the days?) fun, and something to get them back into the mood to go to school. It is also one of Peanut's items on his back to school pencil countdown can.
First was the menu, alphabet veggie soup, kissing hand sandwiches (yes, I love that book and use it every chance I can, you can read my kissing hand post here) dirt with book worms, oreo apple pops, cheese stick pencils, rice krispie apples, apple juice drink.
I started the lunch off with having the kiddos participate in a scavenger hunt for their school supplies. I read a question and then they had to figure out what they were looking for and where it was. At each "location" the item was there. They put the items in their backpacks, read the next clue and moved on. We did this 7 times.
|I set this out at six in the morning, you should have seen the look on the neighbor's face!|
Here are the clues:
Grab your new backpack to start the year off right! We're going on a hunt to fill it up tight. With pencils and paper and markers and things- oh what fun a Back to School Scavenger hunt brings!
The first thing you'll need are some super sharp pencils so head to the place that holds kitchen utensils.
Snip Snip is the sound that scissors make- find a pair in the place where a bath you take!
Rulers for measuring a line super straight- quick it might be by the place you last ate!
Markers for drawing green, blue, or red why don't you check under pumpkin's bed?
A box of crayons so colorful and new- maybe you'll find one tucked inside mama's shoe!
You're doing so great on this treasure hunt- the next item can be found on the grass out front!
Paper and notebooks what a sight to be seen! Maybe you'll find some where the clothes get cleaned!
After the hunt, we went up and had our back to school lunch! I had the boys hang their backpacks on their chairs, this not only helped to keep them organized but they became part of the decor.
I found a banner printable and tags on dimpleprints.com. Love her work! I originally hung the banner over the door way but it didn't seem right, so I cut it up and hung it on the space in the wall. I love how it turned out and it filled the wall perfectly!
|back to school banner|
Have you ever seen the Martha stewart lantern pumpkins? They are just adorable and I keep saying every year I am going to make them! Maybe this year!
|they worked great as part of the centerpieces|
Using my red lanterns and my inspiration I came up with my apple lantern! Not bad if I do say so myself!
I also had empty paint cans from a previous project, so using my table clothes from my birthday bin, I hung/draped the fabric over the hutch to make spilled paint! then I capped it off with the upside down paint can. Next time, I think I will hang the can from the ceiling on an angle to give it more of the spilled look, but I still like the way it turned out.
The kiddos were allowed to pick their sandwich flavor, PB & J or grilled cheese, as you can see from the picture the PB &J weren't that great but the grilled cheese ones turned out beautifully. Better luck next time!