Need some back to school ideas? Having your own Back to School Party? Here are a few more details from our faux dessert table + a free download to use for the straws on the glue bottles.

  • For the lunchboxes: Put styrofoam squares in the lunch boxes and then push scissors and highlighters down into the foam and cover with paperclips.
  • For the tabletop: On a black and white copy machine, enlarge the pattern from a composition book onto 11×17 paper and tape them to the top of the table.
  • For the packs of crayons: Cut a math flashcard in half and tape or staple  it on the bag.
  • For the garland: Cut triangles of scrapbook paper and then paperclip them onto a ribbon.

And that gorgeous map in the background is from These Are Things.

back to school ideas

back to school ideas

back to school ideas

back to school ideas

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back to school ideas

back to school ideas

back to school ideas

Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat. Graphic design ©One Charming Party.


  1. I am dying to know how you made the composition book table cloths!

    Andee    Wednesday, August 10, 2011
  2. I am floored by your creativity!! What a fantastic “dessert” buffet! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

    Ashleigh Dorfman    Wednesday, August 10, 2011
  3. Just loving the details on the enlarged photos! SO much fun! ;^) Thanks again for sharing.

    Cynthia L. H.    Wednesday, August 10, 2011
  4. Thank you, thank you for the wonderful printables! I love the table covering and thought you perhaps found wrapping paper somewhere, but the photocopying idea is genius!

    I read on Martha Stewart yesterday that she also photocopied fabric and used it for envelope liners and other party decor…so smart! :)

    Lisa Frank    Wednesday, August 10, 2011
  5. This is SO STINKIN’ CUTE! Seriously, I love it!

    Angela Shepherd    Wednesday, August 10, 2011
  6. Adorable party idea! I love back to schoola nd this is fabulous!

    Anneliese    Wednesday, August 10, 2011
  7. holy moly, i just want to reach in and get a scoop full of erasers! love everything about this.

    AmberLee    Wednesday, August 10, 2011
  8. You’ve opened up a lot of doors once again with your genius ideas! You can do this for a party favor table too instead of putting the favors in the bags yourself. I swear you guys are one of my BIGGEST inspirations! I never tire of your creativity, no matter how busy life can get! THANK YOU! :)

    keecam    Wednesday, August 10, 2011
  9. I am so glad pinterest led me to this set up! Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous. I shared it in my back to school supplies & treats post!


    Amanda    Friday, August 12, 2011
  10. Sooooo cute. Your going to make me look great for our back to school party. THANK YOU!

    Janette L.D.    Friday, August 12, 2011
  11. What a fun party idea. The display table with all of the supplies turned out great.

    Angie    Sunday, August 21, 2011
  12. Thank you so much for this terrific post. I have a child with food allergies and have been looking for ideas for non-food cakes. Our school has a “cakewalk” event next month where the kids play musical chairs and win cakes donated by the parents. A group of parents of kids with food allergies are trying to come up with non-food cakes to contribute to the event. If you have any other ideas in this area, I’d love to see them. I think these ideas would be welcomed by other parents of kids with food allergies as well as parents and kids who want to be inclusive at their parties, but just don’t know how. Thanks again!!

    Linda    Thursday, August 25, 2011
  13. I love this, very creative! Especially the pencil cake.

    Jaklyn    Thursday, August 25, 2011
  14. This is too cute! I love the pencil cake! Adorable and great ideas!

    Meg    Monday, August 29, 2011
  15. Love this! Such a cute idea.

    Melanie    Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  16. I was wondering how did you make the canisters that are holding the rulers? You are very creative and you have inspired me as well. My children are having a back to school party and I got some fabulous ideas from you! Thanks again!

    Alison Prevatt    Monday, July 8, 2013

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