Yes, a back to school party.. This is trending a lot in the west and its a great idea to get children excited for the new school term. We see and hold so many parties for the end of school year, the excitement of summer fills the air and family bbq’s are everywhere.
Here are some funtastic ideas to get started:
Host a Back to School Party for a Cause
School supply shopping can put a strain on family’s budget. If your family and friends are in a position to help others, how about throwing a backpack-stuffing party with your kids?
- Ask each guest to bring a particular item—glue sticks, paper, pens, etc. Provide backpacks (either new or gently used) and set up an assembly line for the kids to fill the bags with supplies.
- After the work is done, let the kids play and eat.
- At the end of the party, deliver the backpacks to your local YWCA, school.
Throw a Back to School Bash
Put an end to summer vacation with a school-themed party.
- Serve food in brown paper lunch sacks. Menu items could include sandwiches, cartons of milk and red apples.
- Play school-themed music, such as “Wonderful World” by Sam Cookie.
- Decorate with chalkboards, globes, stacks of textbooks and flashcards.
- Play traditional schoolyard games such as tag, foursquare, dodgeball, tetherball and kickball.
- For dessert, serve caramel apples, an apple-shaped cake or a cake shaped like an old-fashioned schoolhouse.
Host a Backyard Campout
Soon enough, the weather will turn cold and the schedule will be filled with soccer lessons, field trips and homework assignments. Better squeeze in a night of backyard camping before it’s too late.
You’ll need tents, air mattresses, sleeping bags and coolers with ice. Serve hot dogs, hamburgers, cut fruit and vegetables, chips and s’mores.
- Set up an outdoor movie theater and play a film with a school setting such as Grease or High School Musical
Hold a Back to School Fashion Show
Once all the back-to-school clothes shopping is done, have your child invite friends over for a fashion show.
- Set up a catwalk, turn down the lights, play some techno music and hand everyone a flashlight so they can illuminate whoever is strutting their stuff.
- Serve bottled water, cut fruits and vegetables, tea sandwiches and cut-out cookies shaped like dresses or high-heel shoes.
- An alternative to this is to have all the kids bring gently worn clothes they no longer want and have them exchange with each other!
In late August and early September, most high school football teams are playing scrimmages on their schools’ practice fields. Elementary and middle school-age kids might enjoy watching the teens play.
- Find out the scrimmage schedule, then arrange for your children and their friends to attend a game together. Pack sub sandwiches, easy-to-eat fruit (such as grapes), popcorn and crispy rice cereal treats shaped like footballs (use licorice or fruit leather for the football laces).
Plan Your Own Family Tradition
Back-to-school season is a chance for fresh starts. Why not launch your own ritual that celebrates new beginnings?
- Make a scrapbook together for the upcoming school year. Create the first pages, but leave most of the book blank so it can be filled throughout the year.
- Serve a special breakfast on the first day of school or pick a restaurant where you’ll eat on the first day every year.