Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Back to School Feast

I was totally inspired by Elizabeth Kartchner's back to school feast that she posted pictures of recently. I thought that this would be a great way to celebrate a new school year. So I threw the idea past my kids on Friday and they were all on board with it. We decided to have it yesterday, since Sage & Austin meet their teachers this afternoon. (Jonah will meet his tomorrow.)

It was a lot of fun, mostly because a lot of references were made to the upcoming "feast" over the weekend. "What should we get for the feast?" "What are we going to drink at the feast?" "Should we make a cake for the feast?" I love anticipation.... it's so fun!

So here's what we did...

I made some decorations. A centrepiece:

And some straw toppers:

For these I used Papertrey Ink cardstock (stamper's select white, hawaiian shores), stamps (tag it #6) & dies (limitless layers). I also used my star punch and some MME patterned paper.

For our menu, the kids decided that they wanted to make their own pizzas:

While we were waiting for them to bake, we had a time of sharing for what the new school year would bring. And concerns or prayer requests were expressed and then we prayed for each other.

When the pizzas were done, we dug in:

I also made a Sunshine salad with spinach, mandarin orange slices and toasted pecans.

And for dessert, chocolate cake:

I made the little banner with Papertrey Ink cardstock (stamper's select white, hawaiian shores, harvest gold), stamps (tag it #6) & dies (two triangles). Again, I also used my star punch and some MME patterned paper. I put the triangles together and then ran them through my sewing machine to attach them together. I used the threads at the end to tie them to bamboo skewers.

I was super thrilled with how this turned out! (I'm thinking my days of decorating cakes with icing are now over--- from now on, I'm decorating them with paper! LOL!)

One more thing to share:

Before the preparations for the feast, I spent the morning baking these cookies to give to the teachers (our current ones and a few "old favourites", too.)

I made some tags for the cookie bags using this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink: creating backgrounds with non-background stamps.

I used Papertrey Ink cardstock (stamper's select white, kraft), stamps (Big & bold Wishes, Happy Trails, BB:Newsprint) & dies (Happy Trails, Tag Sale #3). I stamped the background with a Happy Trails swirl.

And on the back... my original first attempt for the front. I had decided that including the planes on the front made it a little too busy, so I made these the back instead, where I used a stamp from TT:Valentine for the to & from.

Thanks for looking!


Jennifer K said...

Such a fun idea! You must be a great mom.

Elena said...

that's awesome! I'm loving this as a yearly tradition - love that you took time to celebrate and pray together before school starts up! And those tags at the end are so great! love them.

Janelle said...

What a fabulous post, Leigh! So glad that I stopped by to see what you've been up to! Love that your family had a special back-to-school feast and prayer time. :) I also wanted to thank you for your comments on my blog and for your prayers. Both are very appreciated!

Peggysuez said...

So sweet, what a great idea.

Joyce said...

I told you that you were 'mother of the year' What a great idea and sweet tradition. Looks like a super fun party, with lots of great decorations, and a great way to get in the mode of school.

Erin said...

Very nicely done. Great ideas!

carol (krillsister) said...

Wow! girl, you went all out. Love all the smiles in your pictures. the food looks so yummy. Love all your decorations. I love how you stitched the banner. Cool colors too!

Kara said...

So fun!! Love all the sweet details!!

Elizabeth said...

This looked like a really fun and wonderful party for the kids! Its a really great idea too!!! I love your decorations and your cookies for the teachers too!!!!

Mara... said...

What a fun fun idea!!! I just adore the little banner you made for the cake, so darn cute!!

Laura B. said...

how fabulous!!! love all the special touches!!

xoxo... t said...

Leigh! This is just fabulous!

Kim said...

You. Are. Awesome!!!!

What a great treat for the family and no doubt the kids LOVED all your special little details! ( and the teachers too - wink! )

Well done you!

Lisa said...

Looks like a fun party Leigh! Cute decorations :)