The night before school started, we had our annual back-to-school dinner. The girls look forward to it every year. They each sit at the head of the table and are queens for the evening. They don't have to set the table, clean off the table or any of their usual nightly chores. They can just sit and bask in their last moments of summer (oh the drama!!).
I like to think that the highlight of the evening is our engaging discussion of what the new school year will bring. However, when I'm being completely truthful, the highlight for my girls is probably their back-to-school surprises. Nothing fancy, just a little momento for each of them to use for the school year.
For Charlotte, I found the most darling bento box at this fantastic store in Laguna Beach. The design is fabulous and it is actually quite useful – sugar snap peas and a few dollops of hummus fit perfectly inside. For Amelia, I found a Batman water bottle. Not quite as chic as Charlotte's gift but Amelia was over the moon with her new water bottle.
I decorated the gifts with a version of the label above. If you click on the image, you can print out a whole sheet for yourself. I included blank ones that I thought would be cute to write notes on and slip in your child's lunch box.