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Back to School Bash August 24, 2010

How can you get the little ones excited about going back to school in a few weeks?  Throw them a Back to School Bash!

This event could be approached in two ways: 1) Host the party sometime over the next two weeks and invite all of your child’s neighbourhood friends; or 2) Host the party sometime during the first three weeks of school and invite your child’s class.  The pre-September option could be a fun way to say goodbye to summer and to allow your child one last chance to have all of the neighbourhood gang together before the weather turns cold.  Alternatively, the second option is a nice way to help your child get acquainted with his or her classmates, and also gives you the opportunity to meet some of the parents.

Tom Kat Studio has just created a new line of back to school printables that will dress up your home, food table, and party favours.

Tom Kat Studio's Back to School Printables

Welcome to the party!

Custom Printed Party Favours

The printables are available to order online and then print off on your home computer.  Quick and easy!

To further the back to school theme, Pen & Paper Flowers came up with a great idea for dessert – ice cream apples.  So cute.  You can find the recipe here.

Ice Cream Apples

Watch out for the seeds!

Simple food works well for a back to school party theme.  Sandwiches, fruit, juice boxes, and some special treats for dessert would be fitting and welcome.  You could even have your child decorate plain brown lunch bags for each guest, and place the party meal inside the lunch bags.

Custom Party Lunch Bags

And don’t forget the games!  AmazingMoms.com has some great tips for a back to school bash, as well as this list of fun party games:

Pencil Box Game
Fill a pencil box with school items – scissors, pencils, crayons, etc.  Show the children the filled box.  Leave the room and remove one item. When you return have the children guess what is missing. Replace the missing item and play again. They can take turns removing the items for the game as well.

Show and Tell
Invite your guests to bring pictures (photos or magazine cut-outs) of their favorite summertime activities, a recent family vacation, etc. Set aside time for “Show and Tell,” so everyone can learn what each guest did over the summer.

Certificates of Summer
Before the party, create your own certificates or buy blank awards at a local craft store.  Make sure they have a space to write what the award is for, as well as an area to write the child’s name. After everyone has had a chance to share their stories of summer, hold an anonymous vote for special awards. Some ideas: who had the most fun, traveled the farthest,  grew the most, got the best hair cut, changed the most (and least), had the funniest experience, etc. Collect the votes, fill out the certificates, and have an awards ceremony.

Have fun!

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