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.

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