back to school celebration and printables

i’m a firm believer that whether you are crying tears of joy or tears of sadness over the kids going back to school, it deserves a celebration. i’m also painfully aware, around this time of year, while purchasing new everything for my kids, that there are families who can’t afford to do the same.


so this year i thought i would do the whole 2 birds, one stone thing and put together a back to school brunch for all the fantastic mamas in my life while also collecting school gear for the kids in our community.

to help me pull this shindig off, i’ve asked my friend emily to host at her gorgeous home. she will also be sharing some fun decor tutorials on her blog leading up to the event. i’ll be sure and share links, but you might also want to head over to her site and sign up for emails so you don’t miss a thing!

we would be over the moon if you wanted to join us and plan a celebration of your own! (although – side note – one giant party would be amazing! maybe next year!?) all the paper goodies have been designed and are ready for you to download, just click the links below.



because the brunch won’t happen until the week after school starts, we decided to ask guests to bring shoes as their donation that we will give to a local charity called lions 4 kids.

new shoes are such a big deal in our home – a highlight of going back to school – so i can hardly wait to pull up with a load of them to give away and pray that the kids who receive them will be blessed.


i can also hardly wait to chow down on yummy brunch foods with my girls and will be sharing menu ideas and details for putting together a mimosa bar next week, so stay tuned!

in the meantime, let me know if you have any questions about the party details or finding a charity as we would love to help as much as possible!!!

xo . rae

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  • Elisa August 13, 2013 at 6:11 am

    These are so great! Thank you for sharing them!

    • rae August 13, 2013 at 8:59 am

      thanks elisa! i had fun designing them! xo

  • Jules M August 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Such a great idea. Last year I had breakfast with a friend when the kids went back to school. I think that we are going to do that again but I think that I will send a little bag into one of the kids schools so that there are some extra supplies for any student who may not have been able to pick up everything that they needed. Enjoy the brunch. I hope that everyone has a smooth start to the new school year.

  • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I am a teacher, and this is such a fabulous idea! Every kiddo deserves to celebrate teh beginning of a new school year with new shoes. It’s heartbreaking to see the ones that don’t have the material blessings of so many others! Thank you for doing this!

    I have downloaded all of these gorgeous printables, but I can’t get the bunting to download. It doesn’t act as a link.