The first day of school has come and gone for many families – mine included! We have a tradition of always having a special first day of school dinner, so we can all talk about how everything went. By special, I don’t mean fancy or elaborate, but special, so the kids know that I put some effort into it. Sometimes it’s pizza, sometimes I cook.
First Day of School Dinner
This year I went with a school cafeteria theme. Things have been hectic with our move, and I still haven’t unpacked all the kitchen boxes, so I had to work with what I had.
I grabbed a few things from Target’s Dollar Spot, like an apple banner that I used as a table runner, a pencil knickknack, and milk bottles. I also had a little chalkboard where we wrote funny things or drew pictures during dinner. I had some extra composition books that I piled on top of the table and voila, it took me 5 minutes to decorate. Good, because 5 minutes was all I had that day.
The kids really wanted empanadas that night for dinner. Not the Latina empanadas, but the Paula Deen type. Ok, it was their day. I added some cafeteria-like trays that we had from a past Christmas and cooked tater tots, because everyone needs some Napoleon Dynamite for their first day of school. “Hey, Napoleon, gimme some of your tots.” I added some baby carrots for ease and to remind them of things they eat for lunch at school.
For dessert, what’s better than a decorated sugar cookie? Did I make these? Nope. Could I have? Sure. But I knew Wegmans would have some sort of school-themed dessert, so I let them save me some time, and the kids loved them!
Nothing fancy, but it was a fun dinner that the kids appreciated. It was nice to not have after-school activities that first day, so we could enjoy each other’s company and just talk. The kids open up more when we’re not rushed and are genuinely interested in what they have to say. Like I said, sometimes it’s pizza, or sometimes we go out for dinner, but we eat together. We’ll be continuing this tradition for as long as we can. At least until my girls are old enough to find boyfriends with nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, and computer hacking skills.