How to Create a Back to School Breakfast Buffet

August 21

A breakfast buffet is a wonderful way to start the day…especially on the first day back to school!  If you’ve got kiddos headed to the classroom it can be an exciting and also nerve-wracking time!  A really fun way to calm those nerves OR add to the thrill is to serve up something out of the ordinary for breakfast!  Check out this first-day-back setup that’s filled with really easy goodies you can grab at the grocer…you may already have what you need right in your own pantry or in your child’s school supply bag!  By adding some decorations inspired by the classroom an ordinary breakfast can be a welcome treat to celebrate the new school year!  Let’s get some back to school inspiration…

a breakfast buffet earns an A for the day!

breakfast buffet

serving up a special breakfast can be such a fun tradition on the first day of school!  and finding fun decor is easy this time of year!  apples are a popular image when it comes to back-to-school themes so you really can’t go wrong with this one!  but to change it up a bit, i decided to go green this year!  a dessert stand topped with a handful of green apples makes a simple (and edible) centerpiece…table top decorations don’t always need to be spectacular to look spectacular!

breakfast buffet

a chalkboard is always fun to use for a back-to-school party…this one was embellished with vinyls from a silhouette and a DIY banner made with pages from a primary writing tablet & post-it notes!

DIY back to school banner

easy DIY banner

DIY back to school baner

i just cut out simple shapes from post-it sticky notes and green card stock.  i used a paper garland as a template to create the banner from the writing tablet…and a glue stick was all i needed to attach it together! you might be able to raid the supply bag belonging to your kiddo to find the supplies you need!

back to school DIY banner

and for the menu…apple cinnamon cheerios were perfect for this apple-themed table!  i took the extra post-it notes and used them for food labels too!

breakfast buffet food labels

it couldn’t have been easier to attach them to all the goodies…just write, peel, and stick!

back to school breakfast buffet

but if you’re serving something cold completely dry off any condensation on the bottle or it might not want to stay put!

breakfast buffet labels

on one of my favorite cake stands from Amalfi Decor sits some apple streusel muffins!  these semi-homemade treats made from a box mix with the addition of applesauce are a favorite of my boys…and they make the kitchen smell pretty darn good too!

breakfast buffet

DIY cake topper

i made some whimsical toppers by simply cutting some paper straws down to size and popping on a pencil eraser…couldn’t get any easier!  just make sure if you’re serving to littles, they don’t pop them in their mouths!

breakfast buffet DIY

back to school breakfast buffet

grab-and-go beverages are perfect for a breakfast buffet so i used individual OJ containers!  a really fun and effortless way to dress up the bottle is to tie on a paper straw!

breakfast buffet

substituting pom fringe for ribbon was a fun way to add some more whimsy to the table…not only is it cute but the poms sort of resemble little green apples!

breakfast buffet

and the inspiration that got this party off the ground…the little apple containers!  these green and white apples are just right to hold the yogurt for…

make-your-own parfaits!

breakfast buffet

yogurt is also popular with my boys…so a breakfast buffet in our home wouldn’t be complete without parfaits!  and since they’re being served up in apple containers the fruit of the day was…green apples!  of course, if a tart apple isn’t right for you, you can always serve up something different!  tiny, airtight containers were just the right size to hold the toppings…

breakfast buffet

breakfast buffet

what a fun way to make-your-own parfait for ANY breakfast or brunch table! you can see more breakfast buffet ideas here

back to school breakfast

a mouth-watering treat…and a healthy start to the morning!

breakfast buffet

so get your kids off to a great start with a breakfast buffet…

and they’ll have an A+ day!

some of the products found in this blog can be found at…

Target:  apple containers, post-it notes, wooden rulers, apple erasers, primary writing tablet, glue sticks

Amalfi Decor:  ribbon dessert stand

The Bakers Party Shop:  spoons

Ebay: vintage apple cereal/salad bowls

options for the mini storage jars:

Crate and Barrel:  similar tiny storage jars

Hobby Lobby:  similar tiny storage jars