“Back to School” dinner

My kids just went back to school yesterday but with many of you still soaking up the very last bit of summer I thought I’d still share this fun “Back to school” themed dinner idea. By combining a creative meal with a little back to school shopping you and your family will spend an evening together that will soon become a new family favorite tradition.


“Back to School” is the theme for the night! A cafeteria inspired meal and fun school themed decorations will help set the mood for a night to remember!

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Create a fun center piece by displaying school items. Things like books, a map or globe, rulers… The skies the limit! Don’t you just love my President Washington busk! Happy to put him to good use in this school themed vignette!

Once the table is set it’s time to move on to the menu and a few more table details…

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For dinner it’s all about creating a cafeteria style meal! Set up a buffet station to simulate walking through the cafeteria and filling your tray with a variety of food.


Pizza, fresh veggies, fruit cups, an apple, cookies and a juice box or milk carton all fill your styrofoam trays for the perfect school meal! I found the fun trays at my local dollar store.

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And don’t forget to add a place card! These desk name cards are the perfect touch to make your table ready for any soon to be student!

Dinner conversation can be a fun one on a night like tonight! Talk about your past first days of school or what you looked forward to as a kid when it came to returning to school! Share past school memories with your family as you dine cafeteria style!

title3After dinner it’s time to cross some back to school shopping off your “to do” list! Grab a pen and make a list of what school supplies your kids are in need of! Pens, paper, note books, back packs. It’s time to hit the store to stock up on supplies! This family outing is fun together time!

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This FREE printalble makes your shopping even easier! Each kid has a list in hand and is eager to shop along side you. If you’ve got the supplies already covered take the time to shop for that always exciting “First day of school” outfit!

I am convinced that “Family Date Nights” are worth the effort! Just like investing in dating your spouse, investing in creative special time as a family is just as important! You are setting the stage for a healthy relationship with your kids. They will feel your enthusiasm and feel loved and important and what more could we want for our kids!


For more fun dinner ideas like this one that include a theme, menu, activity and FREE printable be sure to check out our “The Family Dinner Project” eBook! This eBook has 12 dinner ideas that you and your family are sure to love!

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