I haven't hosted my grands for their back-to-school dinner this year, because we have a couple of more weeks before school starts. Since some schools have already started, I'm posting last year's tablescape for my grands return to school celebration.
Our coffee table in the family room is a “high/low” table. It raises from coffee table height to dining height and anything in between. Our grandchildren usually eat at this table. I’ve had to keep adjusting the height a little higher as they have gotten older. Coffee table height makes it so much easier to photograph the table, but I’ll have to raise it before the grandchildren get here.
Do you remember when I tore a painter’s drop cloth into rectangles to use for placemats in my “burlap-ing the table” post? Those “placemats” have now become napkins.
In addition to each child’s initials, I stamped some “life lessons” on their napkins.
I try to sneak in lessons whenever I can!
A plastic, cafeteria style dish will hold their food.
The placemats (which also serve as place cards) are small, vintage chalkboards, and a piece of chalk at each place setting gives them permission to write on their placemat. Every year, they end up playing tic-tac-toe on them.
Another reason this table is great for serving my grandchildren is that it has a glass top. Spills are easily cleaned up, AND I can use “glass markers” to write an age-appropriate math problem by each child’s place.
Glass markers in the center of the table will be used for them to write the answer to the math problem, and this is one time when they will be given permission to write on the dinner table. Tic-tac toe will probably be all over the glass top too. (Grandmothers can let their grands get away with a lot when the parents aren’t around to see them!)
Each of our grands will take home a handful of pencils and pens, wrapped in slap bands that reverse to a ruler.
The school fairy sits on books in the center of the table. When my grands were younger, I told them that she sprinkles fairy dust all over the table, so that if they eat their meal, they’ll have a good school year. Now, they all start talking about it when they spot the fairy, and although they are laughing, I get the feeling they hope that the fairy dust is real!
I’m a little sad to see my grandchildren start back to school. (Hmmm, I don’t recall ever feeling that way when my children were young!) This Summer has felt soooo short to me.
Thank you for reading my blog today. laurie