On Saturday night, we had dinner plans with another family and I asked if they would be ok with coming over instead to our house to eat --instead of going out. Because I really wanted to cook a special "Back to School Feast". Luckily they were game for a themed dinner, so I got started decorating and cooking.
I covered the table with red polka dot fabric and used black 'chalkboard paper' for the runner. I sprinkled erasers and felt letters on across the table. (Target's Dollar Spot is the best!) I set out oversized crayons for the centerpiece and then added a few activities.
I put out writing strips so the girls could make signs to hold up for their "official first day of school photos".
And then I added chalk, strings and beads plus stamps and markers-- these were for whatever the girls wanted to do with them. Draw on the chalkboard paper, make a name necklace, color etc.
For dinner, I made shredded BBQ chicken in my dutch oven (this was waaaaay better than the crock-pot), homemade mac'n' cheese with extra Tillamook cheese, baked beans, tossed green salad, and peach cobbler for dessert. Click on each menu item for the recipe.
The girls had a blast playing, crafting and eating dinner together. And the adults did too! I really enjoyed cooking dinner for everyone. The Back to School Feast was a great way to get excited about the school year and all the great adventures we will have this year.
I highly recommend hosting one for your family! You can do it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And if your kids have already started school- it's not too late. You can celebrate 'back to school' even if you are two weeks into the year. The fun part is celebrating a fresh start, new opportunities, and the blessing of learning.
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