Back to School Dinner

back to school dinner

How do you celebrate a new school year? I mean, other than drinking 6 cups of coffee every morning?! Since this is our first official back to school (kindergarten!!!) week, I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a special back to school dinner. And also, because our family is always looking for an excuse to celebrate something!

Here’s how I envisioned our back to school dinner going: Kingston would ask me to make his favorite foods, then we would sit down to a leisurely dinner where we would talk about the amazing adventure ahead, before enjoying the delicious dessert I had also prepared at his request. Then we would read one or two of his favorite books to him.

Here’s what really happened: I told Kingston he could have ANYTHING he wanted for this special dinner. He requested cheesy bread sticks from Pizza Hut with a side balsamic vinegar for dipping. (He dips everything in balsamic vinegar.) Anderson went to pick up the pizza and bread sticks at Pizza Hut and had all kinds of drama with the order. By the time he got home the food was almost cold, so we quickly scarfed it down. Then I forced Kingston to eat some fruit (it made me feel better) before we ran out the door and drove to Krispy Kreme.

Whatever. It looked cute, and Kingston said he loved his “special day.”

So let’s talk about the decorations – I didn’t buy anything new! Once again, hoarding old junk came in handy. I just pulled everything from other rooms around the house! Most of the stuff I used is from vintage/thrift stores, but if you have any specific questions, let me know. :)

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I shared this idea on River City Live too! Here’s a video if you’d like to watch:




  • August 18, 2016 - 5:43 pm

    chelsea jacobs - I love the thought of a back to school dinner!ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2016 - 9:37 pm

    Rachel G - haha, there’s just no accounting for the tastebuds of children! But it’ll be a special memory that he requested breadsticks from Pizza Hut for his special back-to-school dinner and got them! :) Way to go, Mom!ReplyCancel

    • August 19, 2016 - 9:25 am

      Lyndsay - That’s so true, Rachel! ha! And I like your perspective. Fun memories are what matters!! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2016 - 10:26 pm

    Erica D. - You are adorable and your photography is FLAWLESS! Just spent a little bit browsing your site and I love it. Super happy to have found you!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 12:29 pm

    Audrey - Your decor is seriously too cute! Leave to kids to totally throw a wretch in your plans when you’re trying to spoil them, haha!! I don’t blame him- when I was that age cheese sticks from a local place were my fav, too. (My grandma has that duck/egg basket, ha!)ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 2:24 pm

    Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World - Stop it, girl! This is SO CUTE!! Every little detail is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2016 - 9:44 pm

    Amanda Klein - What gorgeous photos :) Loving the color palette!! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2016 - 7:05 am

    Amanda - This is so fun! I love it. I haven’t heard of a back-to-school dinner, but it’s great!ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2016 - 12:23 pm

    Elise - This is such a great idea! I am definitely going to do it with my son!

    xx, Elise

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