30+ best back to school party ideas

At the end of summer, or even before, many children miss their classmates. While seeing friends is a big plus for starting school, some children may be a little apprehensive about school in general. Others may wonder if friends they haven’t seen in a while will still like them or if they will have the same interests as before.

To take some of that anxiety away, it’s a great idea to throw a back-to-school party a day or two before school starts. This way, children can reconnect with old friends without the pressures of going back to school. A relaxed atmosphere and a fun party theme will make these new introductions easier. Also, if you know you have new kids in the neighborhood who don’t know anyone yet, be sure to invite them over as well.

Now let’s get to the part of making your back to school party cool and amazing! To ensure a successful party for everyone involved, you’ll want to come up with a plan that takes into account the group’s common ages and interests. These clever back-to-school ideas will go a long way to throwing a successful party.

Back to School Party Ideas

First, think about the types of things your own child likes. Chances are that other children of the same age have similar interests. For example, if your child really likes dinosaurs, throw a party around that theme. Games, decorations, and even food can be based on your theme. Here are some fun theme ideas.

1. book theme – For children who like to read, you can base your decorations on popular books for the age group.

2. Garden games -Set up a variety of outdoor games in your backyard—you could even rent a bouncy house!

3. Pajama theme – Host a slumber party any time of the day. Who doesn’t want to spend time in their pajamas all day?

4. Back-to-school ice cream party – Create an ice cream bar with all the toppings.

5. Craft party to get ready for back to school – Let kids hone their craft skills in a fun way by cutting, drawing, coloring or painting before school even starts.

6. Superhero Theme Most kids aspire to be a superhero at one time or another. Choose popular superheroes to attend the party as decorations or games.

7. Crazy Socks Party – Make sure the kids add crazy socks to their shopping list this holiday. They will have fun showing off their unique styles to their friends.

8. Back-to-school t-shirt party – With the variety of unique t-shirts, kids will have fun choosing a special one to wear to the party. You could even dye together if you wanted to go that route!

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Consider co-hosting with other parents

Ideally, a back-to-school party would be all-inclusive with all classmates invited. However, this is not always feasible. Depending on the size of the class, there might be more children than you can handle. Consider inviting only girls or only boys to reduce the size of the party. You can also ask several relatives to help you organize a big party in a park or other place.

Back to School Party Venue Ideas

9. A local park – One with nature trails is particularly nice for a fun group walk.

10. Public swimming pool – If you have your own swimming pool, it’s perfect for having a pool party in your own backyard. However, there are other options that could be rented like high school swimming pools or a local gym.

11. Beach – Like a swimming pool, a beach is a fun place when the weather permits.

12. School Gymnasium – Hosting a back-to-school party at your child’s school gymnasium is a great idea for active play.

13. Backyard Camping – It is best to do overnight camping at least two days before the start of the school year because there will not be much sleep to do! This idea is also more feasible for a small group.

Back to School Party Menu Ideas

A children’s menu is usually quite easy to find. Things like hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pizza, chips, and cupcakes are all great ideas. However, it will be important to be aware of food allergies. Perhaps when the parents answer for their child, you could ask them to let you know of any allergies. If there are, eliminate that food from the menu or make sure you have other options available. Here are some popular food choices.

14. Cupcakes – The cupcakes are easy to hold and fun to decorate. Decorate them with colorful icing and school-related toppings like alphabet candies.

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15. Apples – The perfect food for school. To make it more fun, serve caramel apples or apple slices with caramel dip.

16. Chicken nuggets – You’ll be amazed at all the variety of nugget shapes you can find, from dinosaurs to the alphabet – there’s plenty to choose from to go with your theme.

17. Cookies – Any type of cookie would do, but sugar cookies in the shape of letters or apples would work for a school theme.

18. Sandwich cutouts – Even a simple bologna and cheese sandwich will look cool when shaped into a fun shape with a cookie cutter or crimper.

19. Rice Krispie Candy – Shape the Rice Krispies into a pencil shape. Add pink icing to one end for the eraser and some black icing to the tip for the lead.

20. Decorate a cake – A full cake decorated as a chalkboard is a fun idea. Frost the cake with black frosting and create “chalk words” with white frosting.

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Back to school party game ideas

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21. School Supplies Scavenger Hunt – Make a scavenging list of school supplies to find that are hidden around the party space.

22. Get to Know You Beach Ball – This game is fun for a beach themed party. Write questions on a ball. One person throws it to another and each person answers a question about themselves when they have the ball.

23. Hide the eraser – Someone hides a big eraser and the rest of the group tries to find it. For younger kids, the hider can tell them when they are hot (near) or cold (away) from the hidden gum.

24. Backyard Athletics – Set up competitive games like long jump, hurdles and relay races. Distribute ribbons to winners in each area.

25. Pool Volleyball – Perfect for a pool party.

26. Water balloon throw – Fill the balloons with water and ask the children to throw them to everyone, trying not to break any.

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Back to School Party Decoration Ideas

back to school party decoration ideas

27. Lots of balloons or confetti – Not only are they colorful and festive for any party, but they’re also fun to play with.

28. Colorful streamers – Any party can have a festive vibe just by hanging streamers in the space.

29. Chalkboard Signs – Display fun signs using mini chalkboards.

30. Themed paper plates and napkins – Whatever theme you choose, you should be able to find matching plates and napkins. With a generic theme, choose plates with school motifs like pencils or apples.

31. Colorful Bunting – Like streamers, colorful pennants create a fun party atmosphere.

32. School Supply Gifts – Decorate with party favors. For example, place pink gummies in a bowl to hand out at the end of the party. Rulers in a clear glass vase make another school-themed decoration that could also be handed out.

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