back to school brunch

It’s that time of year…the end of summer that some of us moms are sad to see come and others have been ready for since the first child said “I’m bored” back in late June.   Yes, it’s back to school time!

Last year, I thought if might be fun to host a Back to School Brunch for some fellow mom friends.  We needed to celebrate, too…making it through another summer and keeping the kids (mostly) happy and getting everyone ready for that first day of school (think school supply shopping, choosing new backpacks and lunch boxes, and completing all the school forms)!

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

The former second grade teacher in me came out when planning this get together with my friends.  I thought of apples, school buses, chalk boards, and such when decorating.  I think I spent more time at the local teacher supply store than the party store for this one!  Seriously though, I was able to find some great items to use for table decorations there.

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

A simple red tablecloth with a burlap runner was perfect for the buffet table.  I created my own “old school” chalkboard for the backdrop, and baskets of apples and yellow mums made great accents.

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

Other twists on the school theme included the centerpiece I made for the table using composition notebooks, rulers, pencils, gluesticks, and boxes of crayons.

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

Another school-themed touch…wrapping the utensils in fabric and securing them with adhesive alphabet strips.

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

The menu consisted of comfort-type brunch food…a sausage cheese casserole, fresh fruit, mini cinnamon rolls, and a blueberry French toast casserole (click here for that recipe).

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

There was also a create your own yogurt bar, complete with all the toppings.

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

The brunch ended with some fun treats for the moms…bus and apple cutout cookies and apple-shaped cake pops (caramel flavor)!

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

back to school brunch | polka dots and picket fences

It was the perfect ending to summer, and a great way to reconnect with my mom friends as the new school year was beginning.

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