Something about the idea of school starting again really gives me a nagging sense of wanderlust. The Adventure Awaits theme not only came to me out of my love of travel, but also from the thought it evokes – anything is possible. Every bit of me wants to shout from the rooftops to all the littles who visit our little party place that very idea – anything is possible if you just set your mind to it.
Since it was a back to school theme, I knew I wanted our crafts to coordinate, so I turned to my fave site, Oriental Trading Co! They even had the awesome passports that tied right into our adventure theme! We wrote the names of each of the crafts inside the passport’s pages and each girl then received a different “country’s stamp” (stickers provided with the passport) once they completed the craft. We also took their picture and glued it inside the cover to personalize them a bit more.
Nothing screams of school days more than chalkboards. Although, it’s crazy to me that chalkboards aren’t used in classrooms anymore (but that’s another topic altogether). Nevertheless, they still make me think of school and being the lucky one that was assigned the task of cleaning the “blackboards” after school and banging erasers...oh the childhood joy of chalk clouds! So decorating little chalkboards as one of our crafts was an absolute must! We attached arrows made from felt and sticks we found in the yard, then added self-adhesive colorful jewels to add a little bling. They were so easy peasy and mess-free.
Our next craft was pretty and practical. The DIY Canvas Pencil Bags were the perfect craft for a back to school theme and were super easy to decorate. Using watercolor paint in the colors pink, purple, and blue, the girls ombre painted them, then we added their names with a gold fabric marker. They were so cute I even made a few for myself and as teachers’ gifts!
I wanted a fresh spin on the typical red, yellow and black color scheme seen in most back to school parties, and I’m pleased as punch with how our décor turned out! Our table centerpieces were a mix of travel books, globes, and school supplies, and adorned DIY lunchboxes were filled with mini poms, ABC and 123 cards, created by Jen T. by design, along with crayons, glue, and colored pencils.
Jen T. by Design designed fun activity placemats for each place setting, and we decorated the gable boxes with maps and a bit of frilly crepe paper to add a girly touch.
Our stick arrows, along with mini painted wooden versions were scattered throughout the space to tie the decor together.
For snack we had yummy sprinkle donuts and strawberry milk – because the thought of going back to school definitely calls for sprinkles...lots of sprinkles!
I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual learner, and am more apt to be successful in a happy space than a drab and dreary one. For our Back to School Soiree I wanted to design a space that would get the littles’ creative juices flowing, and open up their sense of wonder. I’d like to think the end result did just that – I know it did for me at least! Hope you all have an adventurous and wander-ful school year!
What People Ate
Girls snacked on glazed sprinkle donuts and donut holes.
What People Drank
Our strawberry milk was a fan favorite!
Colorful water bottles from Hobby Lobby, fun pencils and crayons.
Activities / Games
Guests decorated bookmarks, backpack tags with lots of jewels, chalkboards and pencil bags. They even decorated mugs to give to their teachers on the first day of school! We played games including a fill a backpack with school supplies relay. The backpacks were later donated to a local charity. The girls also dressed up and each received a glittery up-do to start the school year in style!