How to Throw a Back to School Brunch Party for Kids

by Liesel Kelly July 24, 2023 5 min read

How to Throw a Back to School Brunch Party for Kids | The Party Darling

School buses are practicing their routes, the shelves at the store are stocked with notebooks, and kids are picking out their school outfits. It's that time of year again for the first day of school!

What is a Back-to-School Breakfast Party?

Hosting a back-to-school breakfast party can be an enjoyable way to celebrate the start of a new school year with your children. Whether your child is beginning preschool or their final year of high school, you can celebrate the occasion by having a party at home or inviting their classmates over for breakfast to catch up after the summer break.

From school-themed tableware, back-to-school balloons, first-day-of-school photo props, and mouth-watering breakfast buffet ideas, there are plenty of ways to make the first day of school memorable and exciting for kids of all ages. So before the big day arrives, take notes on our styled setup and organize a terrific brunch party to get your kids in the mood for school before they even step into the classroom.

A+ Back to School Party Decorations

Back to School Balloons | The Party Darling

We all know what would make this brunch even better: school-themed decorations! Balloons are a simple way to enhance your decorations. We recommend selecting balloons colors that complement the table decor, adding an extra pop of fun and inspiring children to dive into learning. You could even opt for balloons in the school's colors to showcase school pride!

We picked green, yellow, blue, and red latex balloons for our back-to-school balloon garland. We added a Globe Balloon and Pencil Balloon that reads "Back to School" with sweet happy smiles to encourage and support kids on their first day back!

Back to School Banner | The Party Darling

With cutouts of notebooks, pencils, crayons, glue, and scissors, this Back to School Banner will have kids excited to start learning. Hang it across the table, along the wall, or in a photo booth backdrop for those first-day-of-school photos! Or teachers can use this school banner as a classroom decoration, creating a fun learning environment. 

Inspired by the "good ole days," we painted our arch backdrops with black chalkboard paint. The paint lets you easily write a welcome message in chalk. Alternatively, you can let the kids doodle and play games such as tic-tac-toe.

Back to School Brunch Setup | The Party Darling

We set up shelves on either side of our backdrop, loaded with school supplies and snacks to ring in a new school year. Glancing at the top right shelf, you'll be greeted by a tempting display of powdered donuts stacked neatly on a black cake stand. Just beneath the donuts are our Crayon Napkins. These napkins perfectly blend in with our school-themed party, and their crayon-like patterns and vibrant colors will surely spark joy and ignite creativity. 

Located in the lower left cubby, we included another sleek black cake stand proudly showcasing a cluster of Back to School Baking Cups full of delicious donut holes. Surrounding the cake stand, you'll see traditional black and white composition notebooks as well as jars of paint that add a touch of color to the display. 

Back to School Custom Cake Topper | The Party Darling

On the top of our shelf is an array of school supplies and more delicious treats. We stacked a variety of glazed donuts on a cake stand and added a Back to School Custom Cake Topper. We customized this topper for our team member's son, Hudson. However, you can customize the topper with any message you want using the two packs of stickers that come with it.

We sat out sheets of these Temporary Tattoos as fun back-to-school party favors to help kiddos get in the school spirit. Each pack includes two sheets of seven vibrant and fun temporary tattoos, including pink and green crayons, a yellow pencil, glue, scissors, a notebook, and colorful ABC letters. Drop temporary tattoos into party favor bags or give them to students on the first day of school!

Back to School Custom Cookies | The Party Darling

Consider having custom cookies made to add a personal touch to your back-to-school bash. We had custom sugar cookies designed by Objection Confections, coordinating with our back-to-school table decor. The sweet designs and colors have us reminiscing on our school days, but nothing will make homework sound fun again! 

Back to School Celebration | The Party Darling

Our second shelf is filled with more school supplies, breakfast food, and encouragement! The top of the shelf features a light sign that says "back to school" with additional Crayon NapkinsTemporary Tattoos, and a cake stand crowded with yummy muffins inside Back to School Baking Cups

alphabet dessert plates

As part of our school decorations, a pencil box filled with colored pencils, glue, a ruler, and more notebooks are on display and are easily accessible for kids to unleash their creativity during the celebration.

Back to School Brunch | The Party Darling

Easy Back-to-School Breakfast Food Ideas 

You know that children, especially those in elementary school, can be picky eaters. To help out, we've created a list of the top breakfast ideas for kids that you can include in your breakfast bar. This will not only make their taste buds happy, but it will also give them a positive start to their day at school. 

  • Pancakes
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Waffles
  • Cereal bar
  • Yogurt
  • Muffins 
  • Donuts
  • Cinnamon French toast sticks
  • Biscuits and gravy
  • Fruit
  • Orange Juice
  • Milk

Not only will students enjoy these treats, but many of these foods are easy to prepare or can be store-bought! 

Back-to-School Breakfast Table Decor

Back to School Cookies and Pennant Banner | The Party Darling

To celebrate going back to school, we decked out our back-to-school tablescape with tableware fit for a classroom. We used a Black and White Striped tablecloth to lay the foundation and protect it from messes and spills. For the centerpiece, we included a clipboard with school-themed sugar cookies and a First Day of School Pennant Flag to wave a warm welcome to the students. Alternatively, it can be used as a back-to-school photo prop for those memorable first-day-of-school photos.

Back to School Bus Plate | The Party Darling

For each place setting, we included a Yellow School Bus Plate followed by an ABCs Dessert plate with pastel alphabet letters. Additionally, we laid out ABCs Lunch Napkins and provided a set of Black and White Reusable Cutlery so guests could wipe their mouths and keep their hands clean. 

We equipped every guest with a Cherry Red Cup to match the color of the stop sign on the school bus plates. To avoid spills, we slipped a Black and White Striped Straw in each cup which complements the striped pattern on the table cover.

back to school brunch tablescape ideas

Laid out on either side of the table are Crayon Napkins, which come in four vibrant colors—red, yellow, green, and blue. These colorful napkins are ideal for wiping hands or cleaning up spills on the table. 

Back to School Party | The Party DarlingIt's an exciting time of year. Everyone is getting ready to drop kids off at the bus stop, pack lunches and help with homework.

We hope you found some helpful ideas for hosting a first-day-of-school breakfast party for your children. Whether it's suggestions for breakfast foods or finding the ideal school-themed decorations, your children will certainly appreciate it!

Throw a Back to School Brunch | The Party Darling

Looking for more ideas for a back-to-school party? Check out our post for more school party ideas to celebrate during the school year. Don't forget to save the post for future reference, and follow us on Instagram for the latest trendy party themes.

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