Friday, August 21, 2009

The Write Stuff

Excitement was high on the first day that all four children went to school, so I thought I would plan a special family dinner to get the school year off on the write foot. The children gave my pencil-themed decor good marks. Click on the collage to catch more of the details!

For the arrangements, I filled small bud vases with flowers. Then I slid a rubber band around each vase and slipped a handful of pencils under the rubber band. When the vase was covered, I tied a ribbon around the pencils to cover the rubber band.

The centerpiece of our table was a pencil cake. I baked a cake mix in a loaf pan and shaved slivers of cake off to form the tip. (These pencil shavings didn't last long!) Pink, yellow and gray icing helped the pencil take shape, and chocolate chips and a Hershey's Kiss added the final details. We enjoyed this pencil for dessert, and so far no one has developed lead poisoning!

A handful of pencils and a card printed with Proverbs 1:1-6 made nice favors. Had I thought about it earlier, I would have ordered personalized pencils for the children. (Find them here, here and here.) That would have made our dinner extra special!

So if you are looking for a fun way to celebrate the start of another school year, pencil in family fun with a tablescape that has all the write stuff.


Christina said...

what a great way to end/ start. I love your cake. Do you mind if I steal your 'personalised pencil idea'? It will be the perfect thank you gift for my daughter's birthday on september 7th. Which is also the beginning of school.

Thank you again for your inspirational blogs. They help me find blessings and joy in every little smile, thought, corner, thing......Although we don't know eachother personally, you feel like a friend....Thank you.

Gr. Christina

Betsy said...

I love that you treat your children as the most honored guests you'll ever have!

My mother always did the same for us growing up, and I'm so thankful for all those memories. I hope I'm able to do the same for mine.


Beth said...

This is simply beautiful. I love the pencil vase idea. It would make such a cute teacher's gift as well! Love it!

Donna Hayden said...

You blog is my new favorite! Just found it yesterday. I love pretty things, and your pictures and ideas are just that. Those candles with the circles on them...did you attach those circles? Or buy them that way. I would love to know how to decorate plain pillar candles.

Rose said...

What a wonderful idea and a great way to make your children feel special. I love your blog.

Melissa Lester said...

Christina, thank you for your kind words. Please, use any ideas here that you like!

Donna, thank you for visiting! I found those cute candles at Hobby Lobby. I love pink and green, so have used these often. Sometime I plan to do a post about cutting and applying vinyl decals, so check back for that.

glor said...

I just found your blog and love what you did for your children on the first day of school! Almost makes me wish mine were back in school again. I certainly will be back to visit. Stop by and see me at ... I'm going to have to include you on mine.

Donna said...

Thanks for the candle info Melissa. I actually happen to be headed to Hobby Lobby today to search for 1)little carry out boxes that will become Blessing Boxes for my 1st grade SS class and 2)pink and green fabric for making a new table runner for myself! :)

I have a little beginner's blog called You might enjoy seeing the little side table I refurbished from Goodwill.


Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

If I hadnt ever said it are amazing! and must be very organized!

Our 3 are all in college now and are a 12+ hour drive from home...but do look forward to when they are able to be home and I can plan special things like this.

You have many wonderful ideas!

Thanks for sharing :o)
Blessings and Aloha!

julie said...

what a great idea! i think i need to copy! you always come up with the neatest ideas! thanks!

Kathryn said...

So sweet! Love that.

How do you do the picture collage? What do you use?

Workin' MAMA! said...

You are just so amazing!
I am very enthusiastic that I can pull of an equally as nice 'crayon' celebration!

back to school is an exciting time!


Nancy said...

too too too too too too cute, girl!!!

Elise said...

Hi Melissa

What a memorable celebration to kick off the school year. I love the bright, festive colour scheme.

Anonymous said...

How fun for your kids! I wish I were on of them. You are the best Mama! Debbi

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

You are so creative! I love that pencil cake! Your kids are so lucky to have such a great mom that takes the time to make each day special for them!!!

Judy said...

Shannon told me Mary Ashley and Taylor got in the same ballet class and we are so happy! Looking forward to a wonderful dance and school year.

Shannon has trouble with the toy situation too but remember she has that room off her den that is the toy room, it looks like every toy invented is in there! They are going to purge those toys b/c the twins don't really play with them anymore, and make that an office/play room.

I wish we had a place for a coat rack like I made Shannon and her long hallway was perfect for this project. We don't have backpacks and lunch boxes so I don't really know what we'd hang on would just look cute!

Hope to see you soon,

Live.Love.Eat said...

As always, you WOW me. Just incredible, all of it!!!!

My son started kindergarten today so it is very exciting!!!

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