Posts Tagged ‘Back To School’

Want to See What We Were up to Today?

Yep, it was a big day in our household. Lainey headed off to kindergarten, and you can see by her face she was VERY excited!

I used our free first day of school printable signs for this picture (we've got every grade through high school).

The border of the sign was supposed to be red, but because our red ink ran out, we got a yellow border instead. Still super cute and what a momentous day! (Btw, did you notice her tooth?)

{DIY} How to Make these Cute School Bus Cake Pops

Jen at Evanssays, be sweet created this adorable school bus cake pop tutorial as a great back to school treat. What kids wouldn't want to sink their into this as they come off the bus that first day?

And the best party is they're easy to make. Here's how to do it, according to Jen, cake pop extradinaire...


  • Cake pop mixture - a completely cooled cake and 1/2 to 2/3 batch of frosting thoroughly mixed
  • Kitchen scoop - 1 inch
  • Candy melts - yellow
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Food writers - red, blue & black
  • Small confetti candy dots
  • Mini M&M's
  • Toothpicks
  • Styrofoam block
  • Deep heat-proof cup or bowl for melting the candy melts
  • Sterile kitchen tweezers - I'm not kidding :)


Scoop cake pop mixture using your 1 inch scoop. Roll them into individual balls. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.

While the cake balls are chilling, heat a bag of candy melts in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between intervals.

Once the candy is smooth and thoroughly melted, set it aside to cool.

Get out your chilled cake balls and flatten them slightly using something smooth and flat. (I'm a fan of using my chopper scooper thingy below.) 

Take the flattened cake ball and shape into a rectangle...

…and then shape it into a bususing your fingers.  (Reach waaaaaaay back to your Play-Dough days. :))

Return bus shapes to the fridge and chill for 15 minutes.

Get your bus shapes, lollipop sticks, and melted candy out.  Dip the tip of the lollipop stick in the melted candy and insert into the bottom of your bus shaped cake ball.  Place it in a styrofoam block to hold.  Repeat for desired number of cake pops.

Dip the cake pop in the melted candy until completely covered.  Gently tap off excess candy.

The wheels on the bus go round and round… Dip the tip of a toothpick in the candy melts and dab on one side of the mini M&M.  Place on the bus and hold for about 10 seconds until secure.  Repeat for all four wheels.

Grab your blue food writer and draw on your windshield, passenger windows, and rear window.  (If you find that your writer is digging into the candy coating just put the pops in the fridge for five minutes to chill.  Cake pop making during the warmer months, especially with humidity, is tough!)

Draw a line along the length of the bus with your black food writer.  (If you're fortunate enough to be a lefty like me, then you need to make sure your previous work is completely dry before moving on to the next.  Lefties know what I'm talkin' about.)

Next fish out a white confetti candy dot and color it red with your red candy writer.

It just got real serious, y'all.  Pick up your stop sign with the kitchen tweezers, dab on a bit of candy melt with a toothpick and attach your stop sign.

Breathe.  Take a step back and check-it-out!  You made School Bus Cake Pops!  Adorable, right?

Absolutely adorable, Jen!! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial.

To learn more about Jen and Evanssays, be sweet, where she posts some terrific cake pop designs, definitely check out her blog and Facebook page.

FREE Back To School Printable from URinvited

What a lovely back to school alphabet printables collection from Anne at URinvited! I love the way it makes the world seem so small and connected. So sweet...

The collection includes: party circles, a "back to school" banner, tented cards, welcome sign, thank you tags, cupcake wrappers, and lunchtime notes.


Here's the whole collection...

Here are my favorite files from the collection, like this welcome sign...

Party circles...


Cupcake wrappers...


Thank you, Anne, for such a delightful collection! To learn more about Anne and see all of her personalized invitations and printables, check her out on Facebook at URinvited.

For more inspiration, check out these amazing back to school parties and these additional collections of free back to school printables.

{RECIPE} Easy Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels

Now that we're thinking about back to school at our house, I wanted to make something easy that the whole family would enjoy (including my daughter who is a very picky eater).  These take no time, are absolutely delicious, would work great at a party or as part of a yummy breakfast, and are just three ingredients. Also, while they taste great right out of the oven, they're still good and crispy the next day!


  • 1 package frozen puffed pastry dough (we used Dufour Classic - 14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 or 4 slices of cooked bacon (you can substitute sausage, ham, or even prosciutto!)

Unfold your pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Spread the shredded cheese and bacon pieces. We only did bacon on half because my daughter isn't such a fan. I told you she was picky!

Roll it up tightly, and and slice half inch pieces. I trimmed the uneven end before slicing.

Place sliced pieces on a cookie sheet lined with either a Silpat or parchment paper. They don't need to look perfect because they will cook up beautifully.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. The pastry dough should be golden brown and dry to the touch and the cheese should have a nice golden color too.

And enjoy!!! I promise you will not be able to eat just one. I've had about eight today.

FREE Back to School Party Printables from Sarah Hope Designs

More "back to school" coming your way with this collection of FREE Back to School printables designed by Yulia at Sarah Hope Designs. I've always loved school and this set makes me wish I could go back. :)

The collection includes an 8x10 welcome sign, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, food/straw flags, welcome tags, book labels, and a "back to school" banner.


Here are some of my favorite files...

And here's the whole collection...

To learn more about Yulia and see all of her great designs, visit her at Sarah Hope Designs.Thanks again, Yulia!

DIY: Donut Hole Apple Pops

I'm always looking for new variations on cake pops, so when I saw these donut hole apple pops at Christina S's Back to School Dinner, I needed to know how she made them.

Turns out they're quite quick to make (a nice alternative when you're in a rush), and look how much they add to a back to school celebration like Christina's.

To see the whole tutorial, check out this post on Christina's blog Inspiration for Celebration. Thank you Christina, for this great idea!

If you make some please send photos, I'd love to show them off.



TRENDS: Back to School Parties

I can't believe it was almost a year ago that I showed off these back to school parties. Time is definitely speeding up.

I can already tell fall is just around the corner with the days getting shorter. I have mixed feelings this time of year. I'm sad the summer is winding down, but I always get excited for what's to come.

Here are the wonderful back to school parties we've seen recently on our main site. I'm always blown away by the talent!

Love and Sugar Kisses' Kindergarten Rocks  - How fabulous is this cake and all the girly details! This party was for a daughter and a goddaughter so check out the sweet photo collage of the girls through the years.


Staci G's Sending J to K - Great apple cupcakes, such a sweet send-off note, and the photo of the big kindergartener on his way to school is just precious!

Kiesha's Bus Stop Breakfast Bar - A great breakfast bar, with easy breakfast foods, to send kids in the neighborhood to school on their first day. The labels are wonderful and using large clips as label stands -- genius!

Nikole S's Back to School Bash - The back to school cupcake toppers are too cute, plus I'm a sucker for any sort of DIY blackboard signs.

I can't wait to see more of your back to school parties! And remember, if you need FREE back to school printables, we're your place!


FREE Back to School Book Labels and Lunch Labels from Fresh Chick Design Studio

My friends Rebecca and Shannon from Fresh Chick Design Studio sent me these FREE back to school labels they designed and I had to post them! How cute would it be to send your kids off to school with their books and lunches labelled like this?

Download the high resolution files for printing:

Book labels

Lunch labels

Thank you, Fresh Chicks for thinking of us! To learn more about the Fresh Chicks and see their fabulous party designs, please check out their site and Etsy shop.  Also, take a look at the amazing parties Rebecca has added to our site. If you have some free party printables you'd like us to consider giving away, please email me at jillian(at)

FREE Back to School Printables from Magnolia Creative Co.

It's getting to be that back to school time of year again. Can you believe how fast the summer has gone?

If you're in the mood to celebrate, we've got these FREE back to school printables for you, designed by Emily from Magnolia Creative Co.

The collection includes: party circles, snack bag toppers, bookplates, lunch notes, and an entire banner alphabet to spell whatever message you'd like.

Party circles


Snack bag toppers



Lunch notes to send your kids with a special note from you

A-Z banner letters to spell whatever you'd like

Apples to add to your banner

Download the high resolution files here:

Thank you Emily, for this adorable collection. To learn more about Magnolia Creative Co, which sells party and event invitations, stationery items, and hand painted ceramic and canvas gifts, please check out their website and Etsy shop.

And if you throw a back to school party with these printables, please add your party to our site, I'd love to show it off!

TRENDS: "Back to School" Parties on Catch My Party

It's definitely that time of year again when summer winds down, and everyone starts back to school.

To get you in the mood, here are some of the great "back to school" parties we recently seen on our site.  I don't know about you, but it makes me want to buy a new pack of pencils.

Staci G's Back to School Bash

Rachael L's Back to School Carnival

Kate P's Art Party

Dawn S's Back to School Bash

Destini H's 1st Day of School

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