Find fun and creative ways to celebrate your little scholars as they head back to school with my Back to School Inspiration. Plus get easy breakfast, lunchbox and after school snack ideas for kids!

The BakerMama, Maegan Brown hands her daughter a lunch box on the first day of school with a Hooray sign in the background.

Back to School is a Party!

With four kids, we’ve had a lot of first days of school. There are some nerves, some excitement. But there’s always a celebration! We make a big deal of celebrating each new milestone and first days of school are no exception.

This month, I had the honor of sharing some of my back-to-school inspiration in the first issue of Life’s a Party Magazine. You can order a copy here.

Life's a Party magazine cover with two women in a pool floating on pink floral pool floats.

From fun traditions to yummy snacks and treats, I’m sharing ways our family grows closer together at the start of the school year. I hope it inspires you to create wonderful memories with your kids on the first day of school!

A collage of a magazine layout featuring school lunch boxes, first day of school celebrations and after school snacks.

Make it Special From Breakfast to Bedtime

Because childhood is so short, we turn special days like the first day of school into celebrations that last all day. And for back to school, that means filling up their bellies and their spirits!

A family of a mother and four kids  enjoying breakfast on the first day of school with colorful hanging paper decorations in the background.

Ready Confetti!

I love the message in this little Ready Confetti card. It’s such a sweet reminder to our kids that they are special and loved. Pair this colorful card with an adorable confetti pouch keychain or a little baggie filled with confetti that they can carry with them. That way, they’ll be reminded to keep that sparkle everywhere they go!

A small key chain pouch with glitter, a pair of child's pink ballet flats, and a bright pink eyelet lace child's shirt on a pale pink ruffled bedspread.

Click here to download and print the Ready Confetti PDF.

First Day of School Breakfast

Fill ’em up before you send them out with a super fun and yummy first day breakfast. A hearty meal made with all their favorites and, of course, a fun celebratory treat, too. Here’s one of our go-to menus on the first day of school:

A breakfast spread featuring soft scrambled eggs in black cast iron skillet, bacon on a round white plate, a stack of confetti pancakes on a white cake plate, and a pile of fruit skewers made with raspberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple pieces and a blueberry on a rectangular white serving tray.

The star of the show is definitely the Confetti Pancake Cake. Sweet whipped topping between layers of homemade confetti pancakes and topped with even more whipped cream and sprinkles. Sure, I balance it out with nutritious scrambled eggs, baked bacon and fruit. But we all know what their favorite is!

These fun Confetti Pancakes are great for any time. But when you stack them with Cool Whip and even more sprinkles, it’s truly a pancake party!

A stack of five confetti pancakes with layers of whipped topping between on a white cake plate with four candles on top.

Super Cute and Easy Lunchbox Ideas

Keep the excitement going throughout the day with a fun, healthy lunch made with lots of love and personality. Fruit that smiles back, or sandwiches cut into fun shapes–your kids will love these simple gestures that make school lunch the highlight of their day.

Over the years, I’ve gotten lunch boxes down to a science. I keep a rotating menu of ingredients the kids love so I can quickly pull together fun, healthy and easy school lunches I know they’ll actually eat. The kids enjoy the variety and I love the ease!

These Fun and Healthy School Lunchbox Ideas will make packing lunches for your kids a little easier and a lot more fun!

Four fun lunchbox ideas.

After School Snacks

When they come home hungry (and they will), you’ll be ready! I love to keep the back to school celebrations going with a really delicious after school snack! Or two! And here are two of my favorite!

Welcome home your little scholars in delicious style with an After School Snack Board. Full of nutritious foods, fun snacks, and a sweet treat or two, it’s the perfect way to fuel up after a long school day.

A round wood board with Hummus, Peanut butter, Snack Mix (made with peanuts, mini pretzels, chocolate chips and M&M’s), Cheese cubes, Celery pieces, Apple slices, Mandarin orange segments, Green grape halves, Strawberry halves, Goldfish crackers, Dried cranberries, Yogurt covered pretzels and Mini chocolate chip cookies.

This Study Time Snack Mix gets top marks for flavor and fun! Popcorn, dried fruit and nuts along with sweet treats like M&Ms and mini alphabet cookies. Sweet, salty, and so yummy!

We always keep a batch of this on hand in the pantry in a sealed container or jar. It’s perfect for fueling homework sessions, test prep, and getting those read-a-thon minutes. For younger kids who don’t need to study, it makes a great after school snack.

‘My First Day’ Questionnaire

First days are big. Big feelings, so many new experiences with teachers and friends. After such a big day, we love to give our kids a moment to reflect. This ‘My First Day’ Questionnaire lets them share all the things that made their first day so great.

It’s such a positive way to end the day and a fun memory to hold onto. My kids love to compare them year to year and see how much has changed.

A young girl filling out a My First Day questionnaire and eating a popcorn snack mix.

Click here to download and print the ‘First Day’ Questionnaire.

My First Day questionnaire

On a day of so many firsts, I love creating traditions that bring us closer. Sending the kids back to school with flair is one of our favorites. Not only does it seem to help calm those first day jitters but it helps us make memories we will all cherish forever.

A family of a mother and four kids  enjoying breakfast on the first day of school with colorful hanging paper decorations in the background.

If you try any of these Back to School Inspiration ideas and post a pic to social, be sure to tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see! 😍 I just love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the ideas I share. Enjoy!


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About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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