I’ve always enjoyed finding reasons to celebrate with our family, whether it’s a full-fledged party or a happy breakfast, lunch, or dinner celebration. And speaking of meal celebrations, by simply decorating the table, your meal becomes a celebration! With that in mind, here are a few ideas for a fun back-to-school themed celebration.

Gather vintage children’s books and place at each table setting as decorative chargers:

Top “chargers” with plates, napkins, apples, and little American flags:

Apples make great table decorations as well:

Garden and yard herbs are such a great source for simple floral arrangements. The chives are flowering right now in my patio herb garden and make the cutest tiny arrangements:

Whimsical old toys and children’s items are so joyful to me. This vintage spinning child’s cap adds a sweet touch to the table. A cute old toy truck would also be great:

Extra-wide rolled wrapping paper cut to the size of the table makes for a great small table covering. For larger tables, use wrapping paper as a runner:

With the exception of the earliest school years, our boys weren’t ever too excited about September and heading back to school. I found that by celebrating this time in various simple ways, it made it a positive time in their lives. Happy September to all!


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.