Beep-Beep, its Back to School

The summer days, filled with endless fun, wound down quicker than expected, and it’s now time to get back into the routine of early nights and much earlier mornings. We have an annual tradition on “School Years Eve”, where we all enjoy a Back to School breakfast, for dinner. I make a slew of pancakes, all different kinds (chocolate chip, banana chip, blueberry, peanut butter and banana), sausage links, bacon, muffins, fruit and some themed sweets, of course. The kids love it because it’s a huge feast, and I love it because there are no complaints, which is an oddity in this house. It also means I get to serve the leftovers the next morning before they race out the door.

It has been four years since my kids were all on the same bus together, so I just had to theme our dinner with a little nod to that tidbit.

It was pretty easy to put together and took me about an hour in total to create, but I believe it could have been less time had I done some things differently. Because this was only for one meal, and my kids think I’m insane for even doing it, I wanted to keep the project cheap and simple. Everything but the yellow paper was from my craft closet! #winning

Want to recreate this look? This is what you need:

  • 1 roll of yellow paper (
  • Computer paper (I used 8 pieces in total)
  • Black cardstock- 6 pieces
  • Red and yellow cardstock – 1 sheet each (for lights on front of bus)
  • Aluminum Foil (for wheels and grill on the bus front)
  • Black ribbon (I think black tape would be easier/faster to apply)
  • Adhesive letters/numbers (Or you can print like I did and cut each letter and number out & glue on)
  • An empty box
  • Packing tape
  • Stop Sign Clip Art (printed and cut)

I first taped the paper on top of the table to cover it. I then cut the remaining pieces to cover the front and side of the table (I did not cover the sides where we’d be sitting and eating) and attached it all together. However, if I were to ever do it again, I would cut and measure, and then lay the sheets on the floor to apply everything before hanging it from the table. It would be much easier to attach the pieces with a hard surface behind it rather than trying to stick things on something without a backing. Duh, Melissa.

I taped the computer paper horizontally to look like windows. I had black ribbon and used glue dots to adhere to the paper but a strip of black duct tape would have been sooooo much easier/faster. I printed the school district and bus number from a document in Word and cut them out myself. Each. Little. Letter. I used glue dots again to adhere, however I would recommend adhesive numbers or letters from Michael’s or AC Moore. Use the coupon, spend the money. It’s worth the couple of dollars. Believe that.

I wrapped an empty Amazon box with the yellow paper and then measured my circles for the tires and lights from objects around the house. I taped those on as well. For the front of the bus I put two more pieces of computer paper as windows and used scraps from my tires to make windshield wipers.I got tired of cutting out letters so I just wrote “School Bus” in marker. #slacker But, guess what? No one noticed.

Because the kids are going into 7th grade and 9th grade, I made addition cards from poster board I got from the Dollar Tree. (2 for $1) In the future I will use black tape to make the addition sign and the equal line. You couldn’t really see them in pictures, but I think they are super cute.

Some of the sweets I made included chocolate dipped pretzel pencils, and a composition notebook rice krispie treat. I used Wilton’s Cookies & Cream topping to create the look, and while it’s perfect for that…the taste…well, it was pretty darn awful. The entire treat got thrown in the garbage after we took a bite. It’s so stinkin’ cute though, I’m thinking crushed oreos would work and taste MUCH better. I’ll report back after we try that one.

So there you have it! A fun dinner party for your little people. Speaking of littles, I had this memory pop up of my daughters when they were heading off to second grade. Could you imagine if I had thought about the bus design then?! Oh my word, it would have been a color match made in heaven!!! Gosh, I miss those days!

One day I know my kids will look back fondly at the things I did for them. Today is not the day, but it will be here soon enough, so for now, I’ll take the ribbing and the eye rolls and celebrate every life event I can.

I hope for a fantastic school year for you and your children.

May they be safe, happy, healthy and treated with kindness this year and always.



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