I can never get enough of using butcher paper for tablecovers and backdrops. It is inexpensive and nicer than using plastic tablecovers for small areas. I used a fun green to set the stage and at .25/foot, cost me a whole dollar.
If your local dollar store isn't on your party supply list, it should be. I love going to Dollar Tree, they have so many ways to help you party on a budget AND still be cute. When Anders Ruff used their crates as buildings for a super hero party, I made haste for my own. They only came in primary colors so I primed and spray painted them black for school buildings. I also scooped up small foam letters from Dollar Tree for table confetti.
Is that stampeding the sound of people storming out to buy Twinkies? I turned mine into little buses with mini Oreo wheels. I'm sure it's been done a thousand times, but I still think it is cuteness awesome.
The ubiquitous pink eraser becomes a clever place card stand when I cut a slit into one and slide the card in.
I love, love, love party favors...it's a great way to end a fabulous get-together. When I saw these spice jars at Grocery Outlet, I knew I had to have them. I repurposed them into cute candy favor jars...but they can have a variety of uses. They would make beautiful vessels clustered together with a single flower in each. Yes, the thank you tags are library cards from one of my fave Etsy shops, Knot & Bow.
I hope my Back To School Playdate inspires your own get-together this new school year. Need more back to school party inspiration? Check out my Vintage ABC Graduation Shoot, Happy School Year, and Back To School Bash posts.