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!


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!