“Back to School” Family Dinner Date

Back to School Family Dinner

It’s back to school time! How about a fun back to school family dinner?


So… it’s August already, how did that happen?!?! The school year is just around the corner and pretty soon you’ll be running kiddos to sports and music practice, helping with homework and packing lunches! During this BUSY time of year, it can be a little difficult to sit down as a family and enjoy a fun dinner! Luckily, we have Rebecca from Blue Cricket Designs {You might remember her from this awesome post} to help us out in that department! This AMAZINGLY TALENTED gal has designed an EASY back-to-school themed dinner that will give you and your hubby a break (trust me, the menu is SUPER easy) AND get your kids geared up for the upcoming school year! Make sure you grab Rebecca’s fabulous printable at the end of this post to make your school supplies and new clothes shopping a total breeze! Here she is…

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Family date night? YES PLEASE! Who doesn’t love the idea of family time and when you can plan ahead the night has even more potential for success!

The older I’m getting the more sentimental I’m becoming. The harsh reality that my kids won’t be small forever is sinking in, in a very real way so when I was given the chance to create and share a fun “Family Date Night” idea here with all of you I jumped at the chance! Creating memories and spending quality time is what life is all about!

With “Back to School” just around the corner I created a fun way to celebrate this occasion as a family! By combining a creative meal with a little back to school shopping, you and your family will spend an evening together that will soon become a new family favorite tradition.

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“Back to School” is the theme for the night! A cafeteria inspired meal and fun school themed decorations will help set the mood for a night to remember!

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Create a fun center piece by displaying school items. Things like books, a map or globe, rulers… the sky is the limit! Don’t you just love my President Washington bust! Happy to put him to good use in this school themed vignette!

Once the table is set it’s time to move on to the menu and a few more table details…

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For dinner it’s all about creating a cafeteria style meal! Set up a buffet station to simulate walking through the cafeteria and filling your tray with a variety of food.

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Pizza, fresh veggies, fruit cups, an apple, cookies and a juice box or milk carton all fill your styrofoam trays for the perfect school meal! I found the fun trays at my local dollar store.

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And don’t forget to add a place card! These desk name cards are the perfect touch to make your table ready for any soon to be student!

Dinner conversation can be a fun one on a night like tonight! Talk about your past first days of school or what you looked forward to as a kid when it came to returning to school! Share past school memories with your family as you dine cafeteria style!

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After dinner it’s time to cross some back to school shopping off your “to do” list! Grab a pen and make a list of what school supplies your kids are in need of! Pens, paper, note books, back packs. It’s time to hit the store to stock up on supplies! This family outing is fun together time!

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This FREE Printalble makes your shopping even easier! Each kid has a list in hand and is eager to hop along side you. If you’ve got the supplies already covered take the time to shop for that always exciting “First day of school” outfit!

I am convinced that “Family Date Nights” are worth the effort! Just like investing in dating your spouse, investing in creative special time as a family is just as important! You are setting the stage for a healthy relationship with your kids. They will feel your enthusiasm and feel loved and important and what more could we want for our kids!

 For more fun dinner ideas like this one that include a theme, menu, activity and FREE printable be sure to check out our “The Family Dinner Project” eBook! This eBook has 12 dinner ideas that you and your family are sure to love!


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I completely agree with Rebecca that Family Date Nights are totally worth the effort! Just a little extra planning allows you to spend a relaxed and FUN evening with your spouse and kids making memories and laughing together. This kind of down time where you can really connect with each other is SO important; particularly during the CRAZY BUSY school year! Rebecca, thank you very much for stopping by The Dating Divas to share this wonderful family dinner idea! You’re a ROCKSTAR!

P.S.  If you’re looking for more “Back to School” fun, check out our “Back to School Ideas” Pinterest board for lots of great ideas and printable lunchbox notes.

Oooh, and don’t forget to check out our “Teacher Gift Ideas” Pinterest board for tons of cute little presents for your kiddos to give their new teachers.  Gotta start the year off on the right foot.  😉

About the Author: Tara

I am an outgoing and fun-lovin’ gal who was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams! You could probably say I am an “extreme extrovert” as I LOVE to talk and be around people! I love ANYTHING creative and am not a fan of the “norm.” My favorite things in life are my family… especially my HOT husband, my friends, and my faith! We are expecting a miracle baby boy this year! I have a passion for life and I am having a BLAST running this website with some of my closest friends!

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4 Responses to “Back to School” Family Dinner Date

  1. Cute ideas!! I wanna know where she got those darling place cards!?! I am going to guess the dollar section of Target? lol Gosh, cute! Love it!