School is back in session! As summer comes to a close, it’s time for classes to begin, but the fun doesn’t have to end with the season. Make the transition from summer break into the new school year easier for your kids or students by throwing a back to school party. Snappening offers quick tips to help you plan a back to school bash to start the year off right!
Back to School Party Décor
If you’re a teacher with access to a classroom for your party, you already have the foundation for your school theme covered. If not, don’t worry. You can create a classroom scene at any venue or in any home. Use chalkboard easels, maps, globes, desks, bookshelves and whatever other school essentials you find useful (or handy) for your party needs. You may also consider hanging a “Welcome Back” banner above your table display. If you want to go a step further, create centerpieces for each table. You may use something as simple as stacked books or a bundle of crayons or pencils tied together with a ribbon.
Back to School Party Snacks
There are so many cute and fun ways to get creative with back to school party snacks. One way to incorporate your back to school theme into the snack selection is by providing paper bags and a variety of snacks for the kids to create their own lunches. You may provide multiple types of sandwiches, apples, pudding cups, crackers, trail mix and a few sweet treats as well. If you have a knack for baking, consider creating cookies in the shapes of apples, pencils, chalkboards with frosting letters and whatever else you can imagine. You may provide cartons of milk, juice pouches or water for drinks and give the kids playful bendy straws to add to the fun.
Back to School Party Games
It’s no secret that kids want to be entertained at all times and since this is a last of summer hoorah, it’s important to add some exciting games into the party mix. Bingo using school-related words with candy for game pieces is simple and fun. You could fill a box or chest with small toys as prizes for the winners of each round. To incorporate a bit of physical activity into the fun, you may have a jump rope or hula hoop contest. Or, you could stick to some traditional games like red rover, red light green light, Twister or capture the flag. Depending on the children’s ages, different games may be more appropriate so make sure to keep that in mind when planning activities.
Back to School Party Favors
Since there will most likely be quite a few kids attending your back to school bash, it’s easy for party favors to get expensive quickly. However, there is a variety or relatively inexpensive options for you to consider. If you want to give the kids something fun and useful, you could give each a pencil box filled with pencils, crayons, erasers and other school necessities. Or, you can offer coloring books with crayons, watercolor paint and brushes. A treat bag is always a nice go-to item, so you could personalize brown paper bags filled with candy, cookies, an apple and other snacks. If the kids you’re throwing the party for are a little too old for coloring books, you could offer customized journals with pens, pencils and markers as an alternative.
A back to school party is just a chance to enjoy the last little bit of summer and to incorporate some fun into the transition into the classroom. The kids will love the chance to just get together to talk and play with other classmates and the parents will enjoy catching up on summer vacations, fall plans and holiday prep. Depending on the size of your party, you may consider hiring a professional event planner to help you in the planning process or, if you don’t have a spot for your party, try our venue search for a variety of indoor and outdoor options.