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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Back to School Table

Every year, l have a back-to-school celebration dinner for our grandchildren. I started this year's table by elevating the glass top with alphabet blocks. I added vintage textbooks and a vintage pencil box to the table top, along with a string of battery-operated lights. 

Back to School Dinner

Place settings began with cafeteria-style trays. This year I had to add another place setting to the table. Cooper (some of you prayed for him when he was born weighing 1.14 pounds) started preschool this year.  We are so blessed that he's doing great. He is definitely a miracle. 

Doorknob hanger for children to color

On top of each tray, I put a scratch art doorknob tag for them to color. There were scratch art pads and sun catchers for them to take home too.

Back to school dinner, State tumbler

Vintage state souvenir tumblers suggested geography class.

Napkin for back to school dinner

New pencils for them to take home were stuck in the twine knotted around their napkins.

Centerpiece for Back to School Table

An apple for the teacher was one of the elements of the centerpiece.

Centerpiece for Back to School Dinner for Children

Other centerpiece elements included a couple of my mother's schoolbooks, a milk bottle for pencils, a globe, the "school fairy" who appears each year to bring them good luck at school, and script flowers.

Back to School Tablescape

For this image I turned on the light string under the glass.

Back to School Party

 It was a fun night. Thank you for taking a peek at our celebration.

 This post is partying with  Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and   Thoughts of Home on Thursday at Poofing the Pillows.


Summer said...

I love this idea! It looks so fun ♥

Joy said...

What a cute table! I love how you raised the tabletop and displayed things under it. I'm sure your grandchildren enjoyed their special dinner.

Ginger said...

You have to be the coolest grandma ever. I love what you did for them. How exciting that Cooper is starting preschool.

Darlene Gardner said...

I am planning on doing a school/apple tablescape for September. Thanks for some more inspiration. You are so very creative and I am sure your grandkids adored this and you!

Unknown said...

I love all of your items. My grandmother gave me a spelling tablet that was my Uncle Harold's. It was a long rectangular lined tablet much like the ones that police officers carry to make notes on.

Stacey said...

Laurie, I bet your grandkids feel so special when you do these tables for them. I love your ideas. ;)

rhoyost said...

Wonderful ideas! Particularly like the elevated top with blocks, books and brightness. Family traditions are for sharing and keeping for the long haul. Thankful you are well enough to build these timeless memories into your grandchildren's lives.

Laura said...

Laurie- this is such a great idea.
I need to do a care package for my grandsons with school starting.

I love the cafeteria tray!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh I love your table Laurie. You inspired me 'Again'! Last year you linked at my
Fabulous Fall party. This afternoon I'm visiting all the bloggers that linked at my Fabulous Fall Party last year. This year's party will be at my new blog beginning Sept 1. I hope you'll come over and join the party again! Come see me here:
Let's celebrate Fall together again!
BTW I've signed up for your emails too. Have a good weekend.