Back to School Traditions

Hi there! Today’s the day…my kids head out on their first days of school! My kindergartner gets to ease into things as today he and I will go to his school together. Send tissues–this mama is going to be sad tomorrow when he gets on the bus for the first time! Last night we had our annual back to school dinner and I wanted to share all of our back to school traditions with you. If you’ve had kids in school at all, I’m sure you have created some of your own traditions. I’d love to hear what you do too!

Back to School Dinner

My favorite tradition is our back to school dinner! I try to pick something everyone likes–typically breakfast foods. We keep it simple but it’s a special time to connect about the upcoming year. We encourage them to talk about things they are excited about and any fears or anxieties.

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This year we had eggs, bacon and cinnamon rolls…always a favorite meal!

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Pancake Breakfast

We make chocolate chip pancakes on two occasions–birthdays and the first day of school:) This is another fun tradition that gets the kids excited to get out of bed (sometimes!). After the 1st day, it’s typically oatmeal or cereal for breakfast, so everyone appreciates the special breakfast.

 Special Pancakes for the 1st Day of School Tradition

1st Day of School Pictures

It goes without saying much that 1st day of school pictures are a must!

Back to School Dinner Tradition #1stdayofschool #dinner #traditions

There are so many cute back to school signs and plaques but guess what? We usually make our signs about 5 minutes before we take the pictures and call it a day!

This year though, the kids had a BIG SURPRISE waiting for them when they woke up on their first day! Card My Yard Cleveland put the CUTEST display in our yard!! Talk about a festive way to start the school year!

The kids were so excited and surprised that I honestly think the surprise took away the typical 1st day of school jitters! The display also made for great photo opportunities. Although I sure wish we didn’t have a rainy day!!


1st Day of School with Card My Yard

Local friends, be sure to check out Card My Yard Cleveland! Card My Yard has locations throughout the country so be sure to check if there is one in our area!

They can work with you on any holiday or special event all year round! These displays would be great for birthdays, welcome home baby, graduation, homecoming…so many possibilities! It is a festive and cheerful surprise that really makes you smile!

Thank you to Card My Yard for providing us with this fun display in exchange for my honest review. As always, I only share products and services that my family truly loves!

After School Cookies

Last year, I shared a post on how we transition back to school and I mentioned our after school cookie tradition. On the first day of school, I make sure to have warm cookies waiting for the kids. This is a little bit of a bribery to this tradition. I ask the kids to sit with me and share their day while they eat cookies! It is a win-win. Honestly, as the school year progresses, I can barely get any info out of my kids after school (am I the only one?) But the kids are on board with this 1st day of school tradition!

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This year I made these Soft Baked Snickerdoodle cookies and they are amazing! We may have had to do a test run on them earlier in the week. I made the recipe exactly as stated including the recommended bake time. PERFECTION!!

Well, we sure seem to have a thing with food and back to school traditions. But for our family, good food leads to conversation and togetherness…so I’ll take it! The kids really count on these traditions and my husband and I hope they will always remember them!


Besides these day before and day of school traditions, we have a few other ones leading up to the first day. As I mentioned last week, my mom, daughter and I have an annual back to school shopping tradition too. The boys get some new clothes too–they just don’t request the actual shopping part:)

Plus, we always enjoy organizing and  labeling all of our school supplies! There is something exciting about starting the year with brand new school supplies.

Back to School Organization #closetorganization #mudroom #tips

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I know many of you have already started a new school year! For those who still have a few more days and weeks–enjoy it for the rest of us:)




  1. August 22, 2018 / 11:05 am

    Love these traditions! We have a few of our own also. I love the after school cookie idea! We will have to try that one.

  2. Tami Sullivan
    August 22, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    These are really cute ideas. My kids go to school online, but I think the traditional morning breakfast or afterschool treats are a great idea and maybe even a little motivating or them!

  3. August 22, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    I love your organization center for their backpacks! Our backpacks usually end up in the floor. Eeek!

  4. August 22, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Aw, I love all your traditions. I hope your kids all had a good first day back. I’ve never heard of Card My Yard, but how fun is that?!


  5. Jessica Moore
    August 22, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    My daughter LOVES the process of labeling all of her supplies. We usually do cinnamon rolls for breakfast before the first day of school and we have t-shirts with their graduation year that we take a picture in each year. They grow up so fast! Love the card my yard sign!

  6. August 22, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    We have many of the same traditions. Back to school time is seriously one of my favorite “holidays.”

  7. August 27, 2018 / 8:19 am

    That display is awesome! Makes for some great pictures too. I hope the first day went great for all of your kids and for you!

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