During the waning days of summer, when hot, humid afternoons give way to chilled autumn breezes, a sense of nervous anticipation fills the air. Although fall signals the beginning of the year’s end, September is all about beginnings. The school year ahead is full of promise, like a blank sheet of paper or a newly opened box of crayons — the kind with fresh, pointy tips and a deep, waxy smell.
There’s nothing quite like the first day of school. Early in the morning, youngsters will wake up, excitedly put on their shiny new shoes, and go out to wait for the yellow school bus. It’s a day of familiar faces and new introductions, of freshly cleaned chalkboards and the feeling that anything’s possible. Although many of us are now well beyond our grammar school years, it’s never too late to relive those fond childhood memories. Come with us back in time as we, through a Back-to-School-themed party, celebrate the magic of this wonderful time of year. — Max
Also, be sure to check out the shopping guide at the bottom of this post for all of our back-to-school favorites!
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Above image: Bouquets of sharpened pencils (à la Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail) decorate a charming serving table filled with all the necessary back-to-school accouterments. The absolutely delicious candy apples are from Williams Candy in Coney Island. The confetti was created using construction paper and a hole punch. A wall painted with black chalkboard paint makes the perfect backdrop.
Above image: Using school supplies that can be picked up at any dollar store, we crafted invitations that capture the delight that comes with passing notes behind teacher’s back. Using standard-sized graph paper, we printed out four typed invites per page, leaving a little bit of room at the top of each. We used a typewriter font in bright pink to mimic the look of an analog typewriter, but feel free to use the real thing if you’re feeling adventurous! Above the invite information, we wrote a simple “You’re invited” in pencil and added gold star stickers to the corners. A+!
Above image: Classic addition flashcards make wonderful party decorations, whether you hang them on a wall, prop them up on a table or build a house out of them.
Above image: Using some twine, circles cut from craft paper and letter stamps from Curiosity Shoppe for Target, we crafted some cute and totally school-appropriate garland for stringing around. Simply glue two stamped circles together every inch over the twine and voilà! See below for the finished product!
Above image: For some added flair, we dressed up standard juice boxes with a bit of gift wrap, craft paper, crayons and stickers. Achieving this look is stunningly simple — just trace all four corners of your juice box onto craft paper, adding a little extra as a tab to tape down. Beginning with your tab, tape the paper to all four corners of your juice box and hold down the flap with a simple strip of plain masking tape. Decorate to your heart’s delight! The dinosaur approves.
Above image: Party guest Julie Mollo has certainly dressed the part!
Above image: Eeboo’s Alphabet Wall Cards look fabulous strung up with some twine or framed on the wall.
Above image: Tough spelling words written onto index cards make an entertaining and brain-building party game. Playing cards decorated with Charley Harper art perfectly complement the theme.
Above image: These lined-paper cupcakes were as easy as 1-2-3! Using standard recipes or pre-made mixes for vanilla cupcakes and sugar cookies, simply frost your cupcakes with vanilla frosting and top with a sugar cookie decorated with pink and blue cake decorating frosting.
Some more items for partying “Back-to-School” style year round . . .
1. Academic Planner from Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store | 2. Tourne Eraser from Brookfarm | 3. Red School Chair | 4. Italian Pushpins from The Curiosity Shoppe | 5. Spencerian Penmanship Copybook | 6. Memo Notebook Tray from Fishs Eddy | 7. Drei Stern Chalk from Dry Goods