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Back to School Party Playdate

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Hi all! It’s Dawn from Not Just A Mommy and I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Spaceships And Laser Beams. I can’t believe that it is back to school time…thankfully, we don’t start until after Labor Day so we have a little bit of summer left. A Back To School Playdate is a great way to kick off the school year, we’ve been doing them for years. It’s all about friends, easy-to-make treats and a few clever decorations. I’m all about partying on a budget and I love to find new ways to reuse and repurpose what I already have.

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.

Did you know you can make fabulous no-sew garlands with napkins? Initially, I was going to use legal pad paper but I found the napkins at Target for just a $1. All I did was add an adhesive dot to ribbon and folded the napkin over to adhere it. I had big plans to sew them, but the sewing machine and I were not speaking that day. While at Target, I scooped up the plastic buses from the Dollar Spot.

The cookies were a fun find at Wal-mart and I bagged them in cello bags.

I love these kraft labels from Martha Stewart Home Office at Staples. The template is an easy Microsoft download to print the text onto the label. Get yourself over there, the current flyer has a 40% coupon off a MSHO item.

Why serve regular PB & J sandwiches when you can make them into pinwheels. Don’t kids waste a full sandwich anyways? Cut the crusts off the slices, flatten the slices with a rolling pin and spread on a thin layer of peanut butter and jelly. Roll the slice like a burrito, and if you are feeling frisky, add a small skewer with a little washi tape flag.

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.

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