Back-To-School Party

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What better way to ring in the new (and often dreaded) school year than to have a party for all the parents? They are, after all, the ones who will have to stay up late helping with algebra they’d hoped to never see again. A back-to-school party can be exactly what you—and your fellow adult comrades—need to relax and prepare yourself for the upcoming school year.

INVITATIONS
First, you should determine which group of parents is invited. Just the moms? The dads? The working parents? Or maybe those who stay at home? Deciding which of the groups will be attending will allow you to pick a suitable time; for example, should you choose to host a daytime party for those with day jobs you, may be partying by yourself!

For the actual invitations, writing out the details on pieces of lined notebook paper and then pasting the paper onto primary colored (red, yellow, and blue) cardstock gives a sense of school day nostalgia and clearly demonstrates the party theme.

DECORATIONS
If the majority of the guests have children at the same school as your own, you can use the school’s colors for napkins, plates and anything else from balloons to party favors. If not, then sticking to the bright primary colors is something with which everyone can identify. A fun twist on your decorations would be to hang up fun facts along the walls, which double as great conversation starters. For example, did you know that porcupines float in water?

FOOD
Nothing says back-to-school like school lunches. Whether you’re a brown paper bag or tin lunchbox fan, there are some basic snacks that are always a staple.

  • Celery and carrot sticks
  • Grapes
  • Oreos
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, cut into triangles
  • Fruit Roll-Ups

Keep these on hand, as well as a variety of lunchmeat sandwiches, and it’ll feel like you and your guests are sitting in the lunchroom again. For the party host striving to be truly authentic, serve juice boxes and cartons of milk!

ACTIVITIES
The most important part of school, of course, is the knowledge you’ve gained. The question is, did you retain any of it? To stay true to the back-to-school theme, play a game based on trivia questions divided into categories like school subjects: geography, history, science, English and math. Split yourselves into teams, then ask away. The team with the most correct answers wins the respect of the neighborhood (and maybe a gold star!).

If you’d like to share a bit of your own school days, ask guests to bring an old yearbook, a favorite recipe from their childhood or a favorite book in the spirit of education. All three encourage conversation, story sharing and a great time!

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