Equip your little ones with all the supplies they need for the new school year with this fun DIY Wrapping Paper from Oh Happy Day! From notebooks and paper to paperclips and erasers, we think packaging it all up like this makes going back to school feel extra special.
Welcome the fall season and the new school year with a room filled with pops of bright color. Try a serene palette for furniture and walls like Sherwin-Williams Greening SW 6448 mixed with fun printed bedding in a theme your little one loves.
1. Hang up our Transportation Art in bold, saturated colors to liven up your little one’s walls.
2. Get the look of a 1930’s automobile headlight for the base of your table lamp with our Headlight Lamp.
What better way to celebrate National Banana Split Day than with a cool treat that has plenty of sprinkles? We love this Banana Split Pudding Pop Recipe from The Kitchen McCabe – it’s colorful, kid-friendly and less messy than the classic banana split!
Looking for more great recipe ideas? Visit Design Studio to start cooking.
With summer coming to a close, it’s hard to believe our thoughts have turned from the swimming pool to the classroom! Heading back to school means backpacks, notebooks and, of course, packing lunch. Today we’re sharing a few of our favorite back-to-school lunch ideas that are as fun as they are healthy.
An easy way to get kids excited for lunchtime is to get creative with how their meal is presented. Something as simple as changing the shape of their sandwich can interest even the pickiest eaters. Have fun making silly faces out of sandwich garnishments, or use these Stainless Sandwich Cutters to easily cut out fun sandwich shapes. (We used the flower cutter and embellished it with cheese slices cut into flower petals and a cherry tomato to finish it off.)
For storing everything from chips and salsa to dips for fruits and veggies, we absolutely love the Spencer Dip & Chip Container. My boys will not eat fruit or veggies without some type of dip, so for us, this container is a must!
On that note, here’s a recipe for a healthy and delicious dip that’s perfect to serve with sliced apples or celery:
Peanut Butter Dip
½ cup creamy peanut butter
6 – 8 oz. original or vanilla Greek yogurt
¼ cup honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
Just mix everything together – it’s that easy! We know your little peanuts will be asking for this in every lunch ahead.
For a main dish – and to change things up from the traditional sandwich – try making fun-to-eat mini wraps. Our favorite includes ham and cheese with a little mayo and lettuce, all wrapped up in a tortilla. For a sweeter version, try filling it with peanut butter, thinly sliced apples and cheese.
The All-in-One Lunch Bag and Stainless Steel Bento Boxes are perfect for keeping wraps, sandwiches and even leftovers fresh. (The day after taco night, pack your little one’s lunch with strips of tortillas, pieces of chicken, beans and cheese. They’ll have fun making their own fajitas for lunch!)
Every good lunch needs a little treat at the end. We absolutely love these fun and educational alphabet crackers (we have a hard time keeping our hands off them ourselves!). Try making them with your children as a fun shared activity.
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter (softened for 30 minutes)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Beat in softened butter and slowly add sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat.
Add half of the flour mixture and beat until combined. Add remaining flour mixture until completely combined.
Divide dough into two balls. Shape each ball into a flat disc and wrap separately in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate dough for at least an hour before using. (Tip: chilled dough is easier to cut out and will hold its shape better when baked.)
Once dough is chilled, use a rolling pin to roll out to a thin layer.
While gearing up for a busy school year, don’t forget to schedule some quality family time! Whether it’s reading a favorite story together before bed or watching a movie over the weekend, everyone deserves a break. Here are some of our favorite ways to get the family together.
Cozy up with a book. We can’t think of a better place to snuggle up for story time than in one of our teepees. Add a few blankets and pillows, and you’ve got the ultimate hangout for you and your kids.
In the first of our four-part back-to-school series, we took a look at getting (and staying) organized. Now that you and your little ones are all set, let’s add some details to make school days more fun!
We rounded up three sweet printables to keep your kids encouraged, motivated and smiling through their day.
It’s that time of year – back to school is back! In the first of a four-part series on getting set for school, we’ve rounded up three tips for your home to help kids stay organized.
1. Create a back-to-school station.
Designate a room (or part of a room) as back-to-school central. Fill small bins with basic school supplies – a ruler, tape, glue, hole punchers, erasers, sticky notes, and boxes of crayons and colored pencils.
Hang a calender or pinboard on the wall to help keep track of everyone’s schedules, to-do lists, and things to shop for.
Make a checklist for each child to ensure homework and reading are done, and clothes and shoes are ready for the next day.
2. Prepare for tomorrow the night before.
Pack backpacks so they’re ready to simply grab and go in the morning. Make sure the right homework is in the right bag and that everyone has what they’ll need.
Packing lunches the night before is another time-saving step that will reduce stress on hectic mornings.
3. Build an inspiring desk space.
After a long day in the classroom, give kids a creative, fun place to come home and wrap up assignments. Create a “study corner” with a spacious desk, comfortable chair and a few desk accessories.
For an alternative to a desk chair, add a plush place to sit and read – like our Anywhere Chair, personalized with their name.
Here’s to an organized school year! For more inspiring ideas, visit potterybarnkids.com to shop our entire collection of desks, chairs, storage and more. Plus, check the blog tomorrow for the next installment in our back-to-school series. Here’s a hint: it’s all about extra special details!
Shimmering gold is our new favorite neutral to add a little luxe to a child’s room. From lighting to party ideas, here are a few of our favorite ways to turn the shine on with this perfect color for fall.
Hayleigh Gold Chandelier
Gold Circle Blossom Mirror
Wire Butterfly Decor
1. Add a little sparkle to room accents. Gold is surprisingly easy to mix with warm whites and soft beige tones. Try it with lighting or wall decor for a simple switch that adds whimsy and drama.
Cora Duvet Cover
Cora Decorative Sham
Silk Channel Quilted Bedding
Cora Nursery Bedding
2. Layer it on with other neutrals. If you’re adding gold to bedding, try layering it on top of crisp whites and soft grays.
Golden Bloom Cake
Gold Baby Shower
Gold Mason Jars
Gold Baby Shower
3. Decorate your celebration with dazzling DIYs. When welcoming a new addition to the family or celebrating a special birthday, gold is the perfect color to bring warmth and joy to the festivities. From recipe ideas to party decor, check out our Gold Baby Shower for inspiration.
For more great ideas on decorating and party inspiration, visit Design Studio.