Posts Tagged ‘Back To School’

Budget-Friendly Back to School Wreath DIY

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at

Is it back to school time already? It isn't even the end of July, but my daughter heads back to school in four weeks! 

Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party is here with an easy budget-friendly wreath to get your kids (and you) back in the mood for school!

When there is a holiday, or special occasions, I like to hang a wreath on our front door to celebrate an event. They’re easy to make, and are usually pretty inexpensive.

I’ve recently created a simple back to school wreath to get ready & welcome the new school year!

Budget friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at


  • Wreath {can be a grapevine wreath like I used, pool noodle, styrofoam, etc.}
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • School related embellishments. {I chose paper apples, and paper rulers}

Before I start attaching all my pieces to the wreath, I like to place them lightly on top of my wreath, to figure out where I’d like to glue everything down. Once you figure that out, start hot gluing your items to the wreath.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at

I evenly spaced my paper apples, and started the hot gluing process.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at

I continued gluing my items, until I had finished attaching them all the way around my wreath.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at

I attached twine towards the top center of my wreath, to hang my paper rulers. I then glued them to the twine.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at

This project was very inexpensive. I used one of my existing wreaths, spray painted it, and purchased my back to school embellishments from my local Dollar Tree store. The total amount spent for this project was $2!

 Amazing, Laura, $2??  I love budget crafts! To learn more about Laura, please find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

For more inspiration, check out these back to school parties from our site,  plus our free back to school printables, and our back to school Pinterest board.

FREE First Day of School Printable Signs


It's finally here, Lainey's first day of school! She was so scared this morning taking this photo. But then, a few hours later, at the opening ceremony at school, all was good!


If you need 1st day of school printable signs to remember your kids' first day, we have them starting in preschool and going all the way up to high school.

Wishing your kids (and you) an awesome school year!

Washi Tape Back to School Notebooks and Pencils


I love washi tape! I wanted to use some to decorate back to school supplies for my daughter, Lainey. I bought the notebooks and pencils at Target, then used my washi tape to jazz them up!

To make the washi tape circles, first I stuck strips of overlapping washi tape on wax paper. Then I punched out the circles with my circle punches (I used a 2'' and a 1/2"). I peeled the circles off the wax paper and stuck them onto my notebook. Simple!


Tomorrow is Lainey's first day of 1st grade. She's nervous and excited... and so am I. :)



9 Incredible Back to School Parties!

Two days and counting for us! Here are some of my favorite back to school parties from our site. (Click on the link or photo to see the whole party.)

Lina T's Chevron Rainbow Back to School Party


 Miranda of Whimsically Detailed's Back To School Event


Leoni J's Imara's Back to School Party


Nancy P's Back to School Party Ideas


Carli E's Back to School Party by Giggles Galore


Crissy's Crafts' Back To School Party


 Gwynn W's Blast Back To School


 Norene C's Back to School Party


 Rebecca R's Back to School/End of Summer Bash


For more inspiration, check out all the back to school parties on our site and our 13 collections of free back to school printables!

12 Free Printable Collections -- Back to School!


My daughter goes back to school on Thursday, so I definitely have "back to school" on the brain!

If you are hoping to make the transition as easy for your kids as possible (like I'm hoping to do for mine), take a look at these 12 collections of free back to school printable collections we have on our site. These printables are perfect for back to school parties, teachers' gifts, lunch notes, 1st day of school photo signs, bookplates, treat bag toppers... you name it!

My daughter is in for a few surprises over the next few days to get her excited for 1st grade. She's a little nervous, so wish us luck! :)

4 Favorite Parties of the Week - Aug. 11th

What a fun week it's been with parties! There were so many amazing ones added that I tried to pick an assortment of favorites. I love this pizza birthday party made to look like an old school pizzeria, a back to school party with the most insane desserts (it's back to school for us this week), a bird themed baby shower that's set in the woods that will take your breath away, an a cops and robbers Lego party that is so beautiful, creative, and most of all, fun!


Clockwise from top left:

Thanks for the great parties and hope you are enjoying the rest of your summers!


Back to School Sweets & Treats, Garbage Parties and Teen Choice Awards Party Ideas!

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Here's a round up of all kinds of adorable Treats and Sweets for Back to School! schooltreats

Garbage Parties are so much fun and not that dirty! garbage

Get ready for the Teen Choice Awards with these fantastic movie night ideas! teenchoice

For more party ideas, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

We're Featured in the Back to School Foodie App!

Now that it's back to school time, are you fretting over what to pack your kids for lunch? I know I am. My daughter, Lainey, is the pickiest eater.

Well, here's the new free Back to School Foodie app for iPad and iPhone, filled with 40 creative ideas for school lunches to get both you and me inspired for the months ahead. And another cool part is my chicken soup recipe is featured! Thank you, Foodie!


Here's my soup. It is something my daughter loves and will eat anytime! If you have a picky eater in your house, you might want to try it, I think it's foolproof. Plus, its so warm and comforting on those cool fall days.



Some of my favorite recipes from the app are the soft granola bars, the roasted chickpeas, the lentil salad, the roasted carrot soup, the breakfast cookie (will definitely be trying this!), and the strawberry-kiwi fruit.

Download the app today, it's totally free and the photos are so beautiful. It will make you hungry.

Foodie puts out new editions of their app every month, so be on the lookout at the App Store.

Apple Cake Pops Great for Back to School {RECIPE}


Molly Allen, our baking contributor, and the creative force behind CakeFYIcreated these awesome back to school treats for us!

Looking for a quick, easy, and fun treat for back to school? These Apple Cake Pops are the perfect treat! Using just a simple cake recipe, icing, and a few embellishments, you can make these cute cake pops for your kiddos!


Apple Cake Pops


For the Cake:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 1 3/4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • Also Needed:
  • Batch of homemade or store-bought icing
  • Cake Pop Sticks
  • Red Sprinkles
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Green Candy (for leaves)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.


Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then add the vanilla extract and mix well.


Add a third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until incorporated.


Add half of the milk and mix well. Add another third of the flour, mix, and then add the remaining milk. Add the remaining flour and continue beating until well mixed.

Using a measuring cup, pour batter into a greased 13 X 9 cake pan.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden. Set aside to cool completely.

Once cake has cooled, break it apart in a large bowl, and crumble the cake with your hands. Add two cups of red store-bought or homemade icing, and mix into the cake crumbles with your hands.

Roll cake and frosting mixture into small balls.


Insert a cake pop stick into the bottom of each ball. Roll the cake pop in red sprinkles, and then insert half of a pretzel stick in the top to act as the stem.


Insert leaf shaped green candy next to the pretzel stick. Place cake pops in the freezer to set.



Adorable! Thank you, Molly, I love how easy these are!

To learn more about Molly and read all about her baking adventures, check her out at CakeFYI.

{RECIPE} Homemade Hostess Cupcakes



Molly from CakeFYI is back with a delicious back to school treat... the homemade Hostess Cupcake! How delicious do these look?!!

If your kids keep asking you to pack Hostess cupcakes in their lunchboxes, then this recipe is for you! Try out these Homemade Hostess Cupcakes, and you’ll never pack store-bought again. They’re so simple and sweet, and even a little retro!

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C White Sugar
  • 1/2 C Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 C + 2 TBSP Flour
  • 1/4 C +2 TBSP Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 C Milk
  • 1/4 C Saffola Oil
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Water, Boiling

homemade-hostess-cupcakes Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all dry ingredients together.


Add egg, milk, oil, and vanilla and beat well.


Pour in boiling water, and stir the batter until combined. Grease or line a cupcake pan. Using a ¼ measuring cup, pour batter into the pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Let cool completely.

While cupcakes cool, prepare the Whipped Cream Filling.

Whipped Cream Filling


  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract



Pour the heavy whipping cream into the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium until stiff peaks form.


Whisk in vanilla and powdered sugar and mix thoroughly.

Once cupcakes have cooled, filled each cupcake with Whipped Cream Filling using a piping bag and round tip. Push the tip into the cupcake, and squeeze to fill as you pull the tip out of the cupcake.

homemade-hostess-cupcakesOnce filled, set cupcakes in freezer to set while preparing the Chocolate Glaze.

Chocolate Glaze Ingredients:
  • ¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • ½ Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract



Whisk together all ingredients until smooth.

Dip each cupcake in Chocolate Glaze, swirling the cupcake to remove excess glaze.


Allow to set in freezer. Once set, pipe icing loops on top of each cupcake.


Incredible, Molly, thank you so much for creating these for us!! To learn more about Molly and read all about her baking adventures, check her out at CakeFYI.

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