Today is my nephew's first day at a new school. To celebrate, we had a 'very special' dinner for him on Saturday night. I cooked his favorite foods (kid food is SO easy!) and went a little crazy decorating the table with school supplies.
First, I made a tablecloth of sorts by taping together blank pages from various pads of paper. A few black and white composition books form the base for the centerpiece of school supplies displayed in glasses or paper-covered cans. I also threw in a few pages of crumbled notebook paper just for fun.
I also whipped up a few paper airplanes and hung them from the chandelier with clear thread so they looked frozen mid-throw.
The menu could not have been easier. Grilled hot dogs, fries from the oven, and a quick salad made with canned corn and roasted red peppers.
To drink, I had chocolate milk for the underage crowd while the grown-ups enjoyed lime and lagers.
Homemade plum compote with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon graham crackers made the perfect dessert. All told, this special dinner to celebrate the start of a new school year cost under $25 dollars for decorations and food. As an added bonus, all the decoration went home with the student to build up a stash of extra school supplies.