13 Fantastic Back To School Dinner Inspirations!

I mentioned hosting a special back to school dinner or party to help kick off the upcoming school year in my previous post and wanted to elaborate on that concept a little bit. It doesn’t take much to turn your average dinner into something special to celebrate the start of another year, a gesture that’s sure to turn into a tradition your whole family will love.

Have a look at these fantastic back to school dinner inspirations that I’ve put together in the gallery below. And here’s wishing you and yours the best year ever!

  • We Can Do Hard Things 1 of 13

    From the clever little place cards noting which grade each child is entering to the butcher paper table runner with the family goal written down the side, this post has a lot of great inspirations.

    See more here at The Shabby Nest

  • Individual Goals 2 of 13

    While I love the concept of selecting a family goal, I also think it's important for each child to have individual goals as well. Taking the butcher paper table runner in the previous slide and allowing each child to personalize it with their own aspirations for the upcoming year is such a great idea. 

    See more here from The Shabby Nest

  • Chalkboards And Treats 3 of 13

    Incorporating chalkboards into your party decor is such a fun idea and makes for a terrific photo op!

    Inspiration via Run Lucas Run

  • Sundae Toppings 4 of 13

    For dessert, hosting a sundae bar would be tons of fun. Put your toppings in Mason jars with small, inspirational flags like these poked in, so much fun!

    Inspiration via Run Lucas Run

  • An Apple A Day 5 of 13

    This classroom table setting is so perfect for back-to-school with its sharpened #2's, red apples and chalkboard vibe!

    Lots of great inspiration here from 1,000 Words

  • Dining Al Fresco 6 of 13

    Even something as simple as taking the meal outside, laying down a fresh tablecloth and adding flowers to the mix can make your back to school celebration feel extra special. 

    Inspiration via D-Dawg

  • Specialty Menu 7 of 13

    Having a special menu for the night is guaranteed to please. It's fun to feel a little fancy! Let your kids pick their favorites to eat and break out the good dishes and serving ware.

    Inspiration via D-Dawg  

  • Crowns 8 of 13

    I've always admired the way blogger Stephanie Nielsen makes each of her children feel special and important every year for their back-to-school celebration. Each child gets to wear a handmade crown and are treated like royalty for the night. 

    Inspiration via the NieNie Dialogues

  • Individual Gifts 9 of 13

    Gifting your kids a small gift or token can go a long ways in instilling a little confidence and starting the year off right. It doesn't have to be anything big or expensive. Nie Nie gifts her children these darling glass stars every year with the idea that by the time they graduate they'll have quite a collection. So special!

    See more here from the NieNie Dialogues

  • Aim High! 10 of 13

    We talked about goal setting for the year, and I really like the idea of physically writing them down (Mom and Dad included!) and then reviewing at the end of each year to see how well you all did. 

    Inspiration via Beauty Instead Of Ashes

  • Celebration Cake 11 of 13

    Every celebration needs a good cake. Blow out the candles and make your wishes for the upcoming year! So fun. 

    More good ideas and inspiration via Bree Hester 

  • Easy Centerpieces 12 of 13

    This back to school dinner was pulled together rather last minute apparently and just goes to show, you don't have to get super elaborate with things! Gather some #2's and an apple or two to decorate your dinner table and you're totally in business. 

    Inspiration via Dear Lizzy

  • Classic Books And Notebook Paper 13 of 13

    Favorite books, notebook paper and some other classic school supplies make for simple and easy table decor. So easy! 

    Inspiration via Deb's Freckles


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