Growing up, I had mixed feelings about starting a new school year. The thought of getting a new teacher or entering a new school was exciting, but watching the summer come to an end was deflating.
To get your kids excited for the coming school year and minimize end-of-summer blues, consider throwing a back to school party. Here are some of my favorite ideas for inspiration!
11 Back to School Party Ideas
1. Apple Party from Catch My Party
2. School Days Party from One Charming Party
3. School Days “Dessert” Table from Sweet Designs
4. Back to School Apple Party from Just Call Me Martha
5. Coloring Party from Catch My Party
6. Back to School Party Printables from Blue-Eyed Bride
7. Back to School Party & Book Exchange from Lillian Hope Designs
8. Vintage Schoolhouse Party from Kara’s Party Ideas
9. Back to School Party with Free Printables from Hostess with the Mostess
10. Bookworm Party from Giggles Galore
11. Rustic Back to School Party from Parties for Pennies
How do you get your kids excited for a new school year?
When I was younger, I can remember asking my Mom, “Why do Moms get a special day? Why isn’t there a kids day?”
“You get the other 364 days, I get this one!”
I am convinced being a parent is the hardest job out there, and Moms, I give you a round of applause!
To help your kids celebrate you on this special day, we pulled together 20 Mother’s Day Crafts for kids of all ages can do to remind you how much they love you! (I’m hoping to do one myself, but I think my mother might be expecting a bit more from me at the age of 20.)
1. 3D MOM Card from Housing a Forest
2. Flower Pot Card from KareWares
3. Cupcake Holder Flowers from Powerful Mothering
4. Mother’s Day Beaded Heart from My Little 3 and Me
5. Mother’s Day Newspaper from Martha Stewart
6. Paper Plate Flowers for Mom from Here Come the Girls
7. Salt Dough Plant Picks from Plain Vanilla Mom
8. Origami Heart Card from The Connection We Share
9. MOM Painting from The Educators’ Spin On It
10. Gift Box Bouquet from A Mummy Too
11. Cookie Mix for Mom from The Connection We Share
12. Bath Bombs for Mom from Red Ted Art
13. Service Coupons for Mom from Ambrosia Creative
14. Bookmark for Mom from Make and Takes
15. Mom’s Special Jar from Busy Bee Kid’s Crafts
16. Room Service for Mom from Whatever Dee-Dee Wants
17. Tin Can Treat from Our Best Bites
18. DIY Mother’s Day Cards from Wayward Girls’ Crafts
19. “I Love You This Much” from A Day In My Life
20. “I Love My Mom Because…” from Food Love and Life Blog
I will be the first to admit that our mornings are a little hectic around here.
Somehow, back in the days of me working full-time, I managed to get myself up and dressed, get two toddlers up and dressed – and we would all be buckled into the car and heading for daycare and work no later than 7 am every single morning.
Pretty sure I even managed to shower on those mornings.
(This was their last day of daycare. Could they have been any cuter?)
I no longer work outside of the home, and I have one kid to get on the bus and another kid to drop off at preschool and another one who is an all-star at making messes – but I don’t have to shower or look decent or do much of anything in the mornings really. Yet things are more chaotic now than ever.
Someone always wants to start a “project” before 7 am.
“I’m just going to need some string, an empty egg carton, a toilet paper holder and some scissors. Okay, mom? Can you get that for me? RIGHT NOW?”
And someone always needs socks.
Or help getting the toothpaste opened.
And at least one morning every week I have a fairly important conversation with one of my kids. Last week’s conversation went something like this:
Miles (age 6): Mom – do we have the same skin?
Me: Yup. We sure do.
Miles: But – just the same color, right? Not the same texture.
Me: We have the same skin, buddy.
Miles: But – my forehead feels really smooth. And your forehead (feels my forehead) is really bumpy.
Miles: And it has all those lines on it.
It’s just really hard to count them all because they’re so close together.
Miles: It’s a lot like the rings of a tree. You know how when you cut a tree down, you can count the rings to see how old the tree is? It’s like that with the lines on your forehead.
Yes – conversations like that take up a large part of my mornings.
But somehow, despite all of the crazy and the chaos, we have yet to miss the bus. Score!
I have yet to drop my daughter off at preschool more than 15 minutes late. Okay, 20…
And the 3 year old gets out of his pajamas and dressed at least twice a week. Double score!
In fact, I’m not going to lie. I was starting to feel a little cocky last week. I was pretty much feeling like I had this mom thing totally figured out.
Did I have wrinkles on my forehead resembling a dead tree’s rings? Yes.
Did my 3-year-old ask me why he had to wear his pajamas all day? Possibly.
But were my kids fed, happy and healthy? Yes.
Boom – I was winning.
And then my kindergartner got off the bus last week and said,
“Mom – you forgot to feed me breakfast this morning.”
BANG CRASH SMASHHHHHHHH
That was the sound of my Mother of the Year award shattering into a million pieces on our driveway.
Me: What? I didn’t feed you breakfast?
Him: Nope. You forgot.
Me: Did dad feed you breakfast?
Him: No. He said you would.
Me: Did you ask me for breakfast?
Him: No – but I thought you were making it for me, but then you ate it yourself.
Which I did recall eating a bowl of cereal much earlier in the morning than usual…
So – yes – I’m the mom that sent her sweet little kindergartner to school without breakfast.
That would be me.
But here’s the great news – I’m not alone! No – I’m not.
In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Eggo, it was found that a whopping 37% of moms would use the term traveling circus to describe their morning routine. And 22% compared their mornings to a fire drill in a movie theater.**
Yup – sounds about right.
And it’s almost like my son’s school reported me to the official “Eggo Office” for neglecting to feed my child breakfast, because the very next day I received an email from them asking if I’d like to try their brand new Eggo Bites™.
Ummm… YES, PLEASE!
Eggo Bites™ are the new favorite breakfast meal around here – and I’m quite confident that I’ll never forget to feed my kids again. These portable pouches are microwaveable and filled with bite-sized, flavored waffles or French Toast Bites.
It’s safe to say that my kids are 100% obsessed.
And so am I. Not only are my kids getting a hot breakfast every single morning, we now have way more time for projects before school. And important discussions – that hopefully have nothing to do with my forehead wrinkles.
In fact, yesterday my kids ate breakfast twice.
And I still had time to glue my Mother of the Year award back together before the bus came.
Trust me when I tell you you’re going to want to try the new Eggo Bites!
**Survey results courtesy of Impulse Research Corp, Eggo Bites Survey 2014
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.