Celebrate the beginning of a new school year with this fun and simple Back to School Dinner idea-- a Backwards Dinner! Read on for all the details of eating dessert first plus a simple dinner menu everyone will love!
HOW TO HAVE A BACK TO SCHOOL BACKWARDS DINNER
Dessert first? Yes please! No one will complain about that.
As a young girl, I attended a backwards dinner with my mom for a mother/daughter activity in my church group. I remember it being so fun. Of course, my festive mom and I really got into it. We dressed backwards, including our jeans, shirts, earrings, and even did our pony tails backwards. The fun didn't stop there. The entire evening was done in a backwards fashion, including the order in which we ate our food!
The backwards dinner left a memorable impression on my young festive-loving heart. So much so that I have put on a few backwards dinners in my day, including Back to School dinners for my youth group and even my own family.
A Backwards Dinner is perfect for celebrating the beginning of a new school year!
HOW TO DO A BACKWARDS DINNER
Here's the basic outline for the dinner:
- Decorate your back to school dinner table (decoration ideas below) and set out dessert
- Prepare easy dinner that everyone loves (you don't want a fight)
- Eat dessert first, then main dish, then appetizer
- Dress backwards for even more fun!
SIMPLE BACK TO SCHOOL DINNER MENU
I bet you can get the idea of what a backwards dinner entails. You get to eat dessert first, then the main dish, and then the appetizer. How fun is that?
Of course, since you'll be eating dessert first, you'll want to choose a dessert that isn't too sweet or huge. If you do, then no one will want to eat the main course, which would just be a waste of your time and energy in preparing it.
They go right along with the Back to School theme and they are just the right size. Plus, since the apple cupcakes are pretty adorable, they double as a table decoration, since you can have them on the plates from the beginning.
These cute alphabet cupcakes will take you only 2 minutes to make, so if you're in a hurry, make these!
Homemade mac n'cheese is a great option for your Back to School dinner because who doesn't love mac n'cheese? Plus, it's easy to prepare in advance and then you can keep it warm in the oven until dessert is over.
- Apple Beer
We save soda for special occasions, so Apple Beer was a treat for everyone. I love how the packaging ties right into the apple theme!
- Choose your favorite simple veggie or salad.
By the time you get to the appetizer, everyone may be full. So...don't spend too much time worrying about the appetizer. Choose something simple that everyone loves.
BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY DECORATIONS
I literally decorated for this Back to School Dinner in about 5 minutes! When you are preparing the meal and the dinner, it's hard to spend tons of time decorating, wouldn't you agree?
I have found that if I have some basic decorations in my party stash, I can decorate quickly and reuse the same items.
CHEAP BACK TO SCHOOL DECORATIONS:
- Black and white polka dot wrapping paper
- No. 2 pencils
- small chalkboard
- red and white striped paper straws
- red paper plates
- black napkins
- apple cupcakes
PICK A FAMILY THEME
Each year, we like to pick a scripture to memorize as a family. I wrote ours out on a giant chalkboard I have hanging in the kitchen and we talked about what it means over dinner and how it can help all of us in the new school year.
And of course, I needed to snap a few photos of my cute Kindergartner.
And that's how you have a Back to School Backwards Dinner!
I'd love to see your backwards dinner! Tag @sofestive on Instagram so I can feature you!