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Monday, August 8, 2011

Back To School Breakfast

This morning summer vacation officially ended. Since the middle of May my Sweet Boy and I have made trips to the library, completed several arts and craft projects, swam and enjoyed many other fun filled activities. It is always a bittersweet moment when I drop my kids off for the first day of school.

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Never the less there is also the giddy mom inside me who feels that this momentous morning calls for a back to school breakfast celebration.

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The table décor is decidedly turn of the century schoolhouse. 

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Place cards were made via old scrabble tiles.

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A repurposed pendant accounts for a new grade.

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Old books, flash cards, and ink pens create colorful vignettes.

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The decision to include Dick and Jane was elementary.

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Along with my new silverware, each place setting included a flash card inspired napkin ring.

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I printed simple words onto cardstock using the Century Schoolbook font then attached the “flash cards” to strips of scrapbook paper with double sided tape. (You could also use glue.)

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Two simple staples complete the task.

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Early morning candlelight receives high marks via a hallowed out apple and a votive.

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The reality is that the first day back to school is always chaotic so these images were taken on Sunday evening. Planning is essential as all good teachers know.

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But perhaps you’d like to know what’s on the breakfast menu. Since it is still very hot I really adore this Bagel Buoy.

Creative Bagel Recipe

We’ll have cute fruit kabobs.

The Fashionista has requested Rainbow Waffles for her first day of a new college semester.

Love these Butterfly Biscuits from Betty Crocker.

Strawberry-Orange Butterfly Biscuits

Who wouldn’t want a Happy Little Pancake?

And just for laughs….

I hope I “cracked” you up,


Linking to:

Common Ground


jeanette from everton terrace said...

Such an exciting time, you made it extra special. I just made waffles yesterday but not "rainbow" waffles. I've never even heard of them before!

Hines-Sight said...

Laura, these are adorable. Please include me on your links, and post it under my meal-planning easy post. People will love these. The link is open til 8/15, and I continue to promote on FB and Twitter.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You always create the MOST BEAUTIFUL table settings and this one is no exception! I loveeeeeeee all the school goodies...and those eggs are FUNNY!!! Loveeeeeeee it! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Karen said...

This is a great posting! I miss those first days of school. Breakfast was always such a special time for our family. I truly believed is started our day off right. Even when I was working I fixed a full breakfast and set the table.
Your Dick and Jane book was GREAT!
The food was so full of imagination and good nutrition.
What caught my eye too was your silver. I have that pattern.. inherited from my husband's aunt. Do you know the name of the pattern? I've never been able to find out.
This was a great post!!
Ladybug Creek

Vicki said...

Enjoyed your post. It brought back fond memories of back-to-school days when my kids were younger. My favorite decor item was the scrabble tiles!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

What a wonderful memory for your son! You did great MOM!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You sure make going back to school fun! The bagel buoy is adorable!

Karena said...

Laura you are simply the best!!

Wonderful images and your son will remember these times forever!!


Art by Karena

dreamday said...

love your table setting and fun food ideas!!! such a great idea to celebrate going back to school.
heart warming! xo, m

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I love the scrabble tiles! Thanks so much for including my rainbow waffles! I hope your kiddos love them:)

Liz said...

Oh My Gosh! This is just too wonderful! Who wouldn't want the first day of school to come. :) Way to cute.


Gisymar said...

That was fantastic! I aspire to be this kind of mom... or at least aunt for now. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

All my kids are grown now but I will be putting this in my memory box for when my younger grandkids get ready for school. It will be here before I know it. Wonderful wonderful way to send them off to school for that first day to ease them back into the swing of things. :)

Linda said...

This is ALL soooo wonderful!! I can't get over the ideas you come up with. I have to admit that I've never done anything like this for back-to-school. Honestly, I'm not the one who is even there with Sarah in the morning before school - it's either Jim or my Dad - and she never eats breakfast. I know, I know - but that's just how it works at our house, lol.

Love, Linda

Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

Love hour table setting and food inspiration! It is all adorable and I will undoubtedly pull from it when planning our first day back.

Shelia said...

You are an amazing mom to do this for your son! It's adorable and I'm sure he'll never forget this.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Blondie's Journal said...

This is darling, Laura. It really shows how much love and attention you paid to decorating this table for Sweet Boy! You are a wonderful {and talented} mom!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a cute table and a wonderful way to start the new school year! The food looks pretty darn yummy also.

Lorrie said...

Such a cute table. I miss those first day of school rituals.

Lady Dorothy said...

Fabulous tablescape! I love it!

the cape on the corner said...

fantastic! what a wonderful thing to look forward to after one's first day back to school. love the apples turned candles-great idea!

Miss Sandy said...


I love that life literally is a celebration with you, your family must feel so special! Love all the ideas and tips. Have a happy day!

Little Leslie said...

I love the globe anchoring the centerpiece. Such creativity. You are brilliant. the soft boiled eggs were my favorite. Back to school. I remember the first day middle school, my mom bought me a new outfit of burgundy and pale yellow, with new burgundy leather shoes. I can still feel how the shoes pinched my toes, and the pale yellow mohair sweater itched me. But, I persevered , because I knew I looked fabulous!

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Well, aren't you the word's greatest MOM!!
I love it!
Seriously, I am so making all that breakfast stuff for ME! said...

My Sweet Friend,

You have an incredible gift of making any event extraordinary and making the people around you feel extra special. The breakfast and table setting you created to celebrate back to school is no exception. I fear for Sweet Boy Gun's future bride. She has mighty big shoes to fill. :)

Your Friend,

French said...

A breakfast like that at such an inspirational table would definitely get me ready for school! I especially love the apples!

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, your "new" silver is lovely as is your lucky family's back to school celebration. I like that you have made it a celebration, because it is! Ann

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

So glad you and your son had a good summer. Nothing like spending time with your Mom and vice versa. Great tablescape!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love comeing over to see your sweet Blog.This ia a great tablescape sweet lady. Im your newest follower on your Blog. I hope you can come join my tablescapes,also have a great week with your lovely family.
XXOO Diane

Terri said...

You are one amazing mother! Your son is so lucky to have you and your creative mind! My daughter is going back to University Thursday and I have forbidden her to use the "P" word....(pack!). She humors me. Our children are such gifts! I think I will set a table for her as well. Thank you so much for the inspiration and the laughs.
Best wishes on your son's 4th year!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Im one of your old follower on your Blog.
xxoo Diane

sheri fujihara chen said...

What a fascinating and delightful tableau. I loved peeking at it with you! Thanks for including my pancake in your family celebration!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

Very, very sweet ... I love all your fun touches. I had to pin a few of your ideas!

sweet violets said...

OMG....I love this tablescape, how very special, love all the sweet touches!!! hugs...cleo

martinealison said...

Une note de bon goût pour une reprise scolaire...
Un moment toujours important.
Chez nous en France les petits écoliers devront encore profiter de leurs vacances jusqu'à début septembre.
De biens belles photos...
gros bisous

Auntie Em said...

Love your breakfast table. We have a few more weeks in our district before the children head back to school. Your cute food presentations are adorable. Love the anxious eggs! Too funny!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Cat Martin said...

Very, very orginal. I love it ! And the eggs just scrambled ( lol) my brain, tooo funny! Really I love vintage look of back to school, makes me wish my kiddos were little again! Great Job!

Debbie said...

I am sitting here completely delighted! And yes, you cracked me up at the end.

This is exactly the kind of thing that just lights my fire for some reason. I love to see tables like this with such incredible creativity and a theme taken to the nth degree.

I'm giving this an A+!

(And I'm giving bonus points for that banner because it's particularly awesome.)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, you just amaze me. This is so creative and so wonderful. My children never in a million years had such a treat. Love the breakfast too and the tablescape is fabulous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

daysease said...

Oh! Such fun ideas!!! Oh! Have a tip... I love Scrabble, but just recently have become aware of another letter tile game that has me raving... BANANAGRAMS. Simple and SO fun. Check it out. A great idea for Sweet boy, too... My sons love it!! Great spelling practice and more. Anyhow... Alright, it became and advertisement! Agh. Great for name places liek ou showed and other stuff too... hahahah... Hug!

Patti said...

Commenting from your post about the Grand Hotel in Michigan , you should visit and spend the night. After the last ferry of the day leaves, and the crowds are gone, the island is so quiet and peaceful. And you still have enough daylight to walk through the town and look at all the old buildings and restored homes. Especially, the homes that are to the west of the hotel on the water front. But, if you love Dorothy Draper, google the Greenbrier hotel. You will be amazed. It was beautiful place to stay with all the southern charm!

Patti said...

P.s. If you love word games, another neat game is Quiddler. It's like scrabble, but you play it with cards. It's fun and the games goes fast so you don't get bored with long pauses like in the board games.

Really Rainey said...

Adorable theme!

Cindy said...

You look like one very fun MOM! I would say you would receive high marks just for all of your ingenuity!
Very sweet!
Hugs, Cindy

Sarah said...

As a retired elementary teacher, this was fun for me. You did an amazing job! What a lucky young man to have you as his mom. I found every detail of your table charming. Such fun!
And the breakfast foods would send any child off to school in a happy mood.

Jilly said...

I am a new blogger and sometimes find myself caught up in the numbers, but then I remind myself that I am doing this because I really enjoy it.

Mom in High Heels said...

How adorable! I love the tablescape. We started 4th grade on Monday (homeschool) and I wish I had thought to do something like this! We do have a special breakfast on the first day (he usually requests waffles), but I've never done anything like this! I must file it away for future first days.


How beautiful, this is the first time I see a fab creation for back to school! I love the food and the tablescape is awesome, the elements you've used to stage this great theme idea is perfect!...I don't know how I missed it before, but I'm so glad I just did!! Hugs, FABBY

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Yea! You made it through the "entertaining" days of summer and are now hopefully getting back to chauffeuring afternoons and "my time" mornings. I hope it's a fantastic school year for your family. I know you treasure these days...

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Oops! I meant to also say that I LOVE the way you went "all out" on your back-to-school theme. There are some great ideas, here! I'm going to "borrow" a few next time I do a school-themed table! Great planning!

The Tablescaper said...

Love your table, but I am soooo happy that we're not back to school yet. I'm still enjoying my summer. Wonderful table and fun food! It would be a great post to link to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

illini89 said...

OMG! Love it! What a great idea-and the food!
If I may I will try to duplicate your wonderful table for my son who is starting 10th grade in less than 2 weeks--perhaps though it will be a back to school dinner--thanks so much for creating this tablescape and posting it!

Happy Day!

Beeutiful by Design said...

So cute! We were back to school yesterday but my "baby" is almost 17 so he drove himself to the grocery and bought Krispy Kreme's for the first day!

JudyBug said...

What lucky little kiddos to have this experience. Love it all...esp. Dick and Jane. I am a huge fan since I actually used these books. Yes, I'm that old.

Gina said...

What a great tablescape! I love this idea.

Alycia Nichols said...

This is truly a sign of a mother's love. What a wonderful gesture!!! I think all kids - grade school or college age - are a little skittish on the first day back to school, and you've gone above and beyond to start the day out right as a family. Bravo!

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Your a great mom with talent love the table settings.

My little girls school open early too here in Istanbul 1st of September.

Thank you for sharing.

Karin Şen Cankan

Robin @ Highpoint Circle said...

This is one of the most creative tablesettings ever. I adore it. Thanks for sharing in on Common Ground.

White Whimsy said...

Love this table setting, so creative. I especially like the tea lights in the apples. What a great mom you are!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Laura, this is just the cutest idea. I'm lovin' the "funny food"! I was always ready for school to be out for the year, and then to start up again! Great transferware and love the scrabble tiles, thanks for linking up! xoxo Debra

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Laura...

Awww...what a good mama you are! To make your kiddos such a sweet "back to school" breakfast! I just love how you did your all the vintage books and school supplies...too cute! Oooh...and I love the red transferware dishes...sooo pretty! Your menu is just your kids loved it! You "crack me up"...cute eggs!!! Thanks for sharing your awesome table with us!

Warmest summery wishes,

ImSoVintage said...

What a great mommy you are. Loved looking at all of it.