Vintage Inspired Back to School Tablescape

It’s time to head back to school!  Celebrate back to school season with a classic, vintage-inspired tablescape! 


Today I am excited to be joining a talented group of blogging friends for the Late Summer Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by my talented friend Chloe, from Celebrate and Decorate.  I am so glad you are here! This week-long blog hop is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for some end of summer inspiration. If you are heading over from visiting Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction, welcome! Be sure to head over to visit Katherine’s Corner next.


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This upcoming school year is going to be a bittersweet one for me and my family. This year my daughter, Elisabeth, is a senior in high school.  She is my youngest and this means this year will be a year of lasts. I’m finding that the saying is very true…the days are long, but the years are quick.  I am determined to be present and savor all of the moments in this year ahead.

Here in Connecticut, we head back to school in about a week and a half. We’re starting out this school year by hosting a few of my daughter’s close friends for breakfast on the first day of school. It will be a fun way for them to begin the school year together.  Of course, we can’t have a breakfast without a table to celebrate!


To set the table, I began with wide brown craft paper.  I topped the craft paper with black paper that I picked up in the sale section of my local Michaels Craft Store.

My mom has recently moved into a long-term care facility and we’ve been spending time this summer cleaning out her home.  Boy, was she a saver and now I am appreciating it.  It has been like walking down memory lane. She saved so many treasures from my brothers’ and my childhood.  I found these old hard-covered books and these flashcards. They add a fun, vintage feel to this table.


When working in my fourth-grade classroom this week, I borrowed my globe that I keep there to use a centerpiece.  After stacking the books, adding a handful of pencils into a jam jar, and clustering a few apples, I could see this table was beginning to come together.   

For the place settings, I kept it simple by using these  cute gingham melamine plates that I had found in Big Lot.  They are the same that I used on my Patriotic Picnic Tablescape. Topping the plates are my DIY Cloth Napkins. Would you believe they were made out of a sheet?


A memo book is something I know the kids will use throughout the school year, and it also makes a great place card to complete the setting!

Has school begun yet where you live?  Whenever you may begin, I wish you and your family all the best for a wonderful start to the school year!


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  1. Such a cute idea! Schools in Alabama started this week and the temps are in the high 90s! Such a fun way to send your daughter off to her last year of school, and the school supplies are such a clever way to decorate your table! I know they are going to love it and it will be a great memory to add to their year!

  2. Your tablescape speaks to my vintage loving heart, Lynne! Having met you at Haven, I am surprised that your last child is graduating from high school. I would have thought that your children would be elementary age. Being a former teacher, your tablescape is right up my alley. I love your globe, old books, and those fabulous vintage flash cards. Adding a memo book to eat place setting is the perfect finishing touch for your table. I hope that both you and Elisabeth have a wonderful school year.

  3. Lynne, I love your tablescape! As vintage and antique dealers, my sisters and I always try to set a vintage school days theme somewhere in our booths each year, and you get an A+ for yours! Those books are precious, and so are all the other great elements you’ve added that your mom saved. Love it all, and I bet your daughter and her friends will too.

  4. What a charming, heartfelt table setting to celebrate a wonderful year ahead! I hope you enjoy every moment! I. Working on similar theme table right now but your creative use of school theme materials has me beat! Particularly like the little notebooks used as place cards, as well as a table favor. And the fact that you found and used those flash cards is fabulous.

  5. This is truly a great theme for this blog hop and what a way to start the school year. Adding a few school supplies as favors is very thoughtful.
    School here in Michigan starts the day after Labor Day. When our kids were in school I always had mixed feelings about the start of the school year. On one hand I was happy that they were going back and on the other hand, I knew that meant their time in school and home was dwindling down. Your table is very pretty and nostalgic. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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  7. I think I hear the school bell ringing! Such a charming vintage back to school tablescape. It includes everything that I remember back in my days. (Quite some time ago.) I loved those old blackboards and the math flash cards for learning. Of course, there were plenty of pencils for the quizzes on geography. Definitely, there is a need for a world globe. And one apple for the student and another for the kindhearted teacher. Gosh, those were the days. Thank you for taking me back to those times. It is a very sweet tablescape which really brings back all of the good memories. Have a great time during the remainder of the summer.

  8. Lynn what a fun theme! Our grandchildren all go back to school on Monday. I love the mason jar mugs. The apples for the teacher and little notepads. It is all so darn cute! It’s a pleasure to hop with you. Pinned! Hugs

  9. This inspires me so much! I love the gingham dishes and all the vintage treasures! How fun to find such sweet memories your mom had saved! What a fun idea to do a back to school breakfast for your daughter and her friends! I just love that!! Have fun with it!!

  10. Very sweet theme Lynne. I remember always being excited on the first day of school. Apples, notepad, globe and so much is perfect for a back to school table. The old blackboard is lovely plus the flash cars. Brings back those school time memories for sure. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

  11. Lynne, this is the perfect tablescape to celebrate back to school. This being a year of lasts, will definitely be bittersweet, enjoy each moment! I know your daughter and her friends will love having breakfast at your fun and creative table. So fun blog hopping with you!

  12. This is an adorable back to school table!! I love the vintage flash cards and books! The gingham plates are too cute! This table means a lot to me because my two sons are both teachers!! They are both busy getting their new school year started. I hope you enjoy these last days of summer.

  13. Lynne, what a cute idea for a tablescape and a great way to kick your daughter’s senior year off. Having done that 4 times, I can tell you that you will survive! Such sweet details on your table.

  14. What a fun themed table for this time of year! I am just now catching up with photos of my granddaughter heading off on the school bus for the first time after being off on vacation myself. Your table is so cute, I will be passing this idea and your post on to my daughter for next year’s back to school since both girls will be heading to school next year! Thank you for once again sharing your talents with our great group!

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