An Owls & Apples party is a perfect theme for a Back to School celebration. Using the Owl School and School Days clip art by Revi Devi along with the Apples Digital Paper I created some really fun party elements for a reception for my daughter’s French Immersion tutoring group.
This past summer, my daughter was
forced delighted to take part in a French Immersion tutoring group hosted by my neighbor, Janice, whose son is also my daughter’s classmate. I was so happy when Janice allowed me to come in and set up a party table and dessert display for their end of session/back to school reception. The children would be performing a small skit based on a caged bird. So, my owls & apples theme tied in perfectly with the theme of the performance!
To start, I created a door sign that read ‘Bienvenue’, which means ‘welcome’, in French .
Since there would only be light refreshments, I did not have a lot to do when it came to treats. We had cupcakes, Madeleine cookies and apples (of course!). Using an antique secretary style desk that Janice had on hand, I set up the desserts.
As I started setting up I just knew I was in decorating heaven because Janice has so many educational tools in her home, that styling everything was a cinch for me! I used an abacus, old school teaching clock, a wood apple plaque, blocks, books and pencil cases to create lots of visual interest. This gave the display a very vintage school house feel, I think. I added my own elements like mini buntings created using the patterned paper, a cut out of an owl was used as a cake topper and I always love cupcake toppers and added some to the apples and created apple pops!
I find great ideas in the most random places. Recently I saw an adorably whimsical back to school window display at a local florist shop that had giant pencils, apples and rulers. I took that same idea and created a blackboard using black foam board to write ‘Back 2 School’ on and then added a bunting and giant pencil to the board. I found this tutorial and made giant pencils using poster board. I also added a few cute dollar find owls and crayons to the display.
There was a poem that I remembered from childhood called A Wise Old Owl. I created a print of it using the clip art and framed it in an Ikea Tolsby frame. It really makes for a nice gift for a teacher’s desk as well. You can print out your own; simply save the image to your computer and print.
Using cut outs of the clip art, I created party picks to add to a flower arrangement. One of my go to styling tips is, instead of using a glass vase, I like to wrap a container with patterned paper to make everything look cohesive. In this case, I disguised an empty juice can with a piece of the patterned paper. The giant pencils were also a fun element that was added to the table.
When the ceremony wrapped, the children got to go home with a fun certificate of completion and back to school supplies. I embellished some of the supplies with the patterned paper. You can easily customize glue sticks, pencils, and more with the paper . I also created a favor box using the cut out apples as embellishment. This project was a bit taxing for me, so I won’t go into how to make it. If I’d searched further, I would have found these very useful apple shaped gift boxes by Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff.
If you’re throwing a back to school celebration this year, try an Owls & Apples theme – you’d be wise to do so!
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