With school starting in the next few weeks, what better way to help ease your kiddos back into the fall routine, then a Back to School Bash? Have your party before school starts and invite friends and neighbors or push it back to the weekend after school starts so that you can include all of your child’s new classmates.

Here are all my DIY tips on how to have your very own Back to School celebration!

Decorate with all the back to school necessities. For our event, I photocopied the covers of black and white composition books and mounted them on foam core for the backdrop. A simple paper pennant banner hung with paper clips was the perfect touch! Instead of a traditional dessert table, I did a table full of school supplies that the kids could take home as favors after the party. A bowl of apples, vintage books, personalized composition books; decorative packs of crayons and pencil boxes were just a few of the things on our table.

Use an apple place card marked place settings for each guest and placemats. I made with just basic handwriting paper. I bought the mini water bottles and wrapped them with sentence strips I found at the Dollar Tree. For our “cafeteria lunch” I served ham sandwiches, apples slices and goldfish, paired with all the traditional school lunch trimmings – chocolate milk, baby carrots, and applesauce. I tucked a napkin and spoon into little paper pockets similar to the ones that were pasted inside library books ‘back in the day’.

Be sure to plan a craft or a few fun party games. I bought a wooden letter of each child’s initial from the clearance section at Joann’s. We had paint and jewels for them to create their own masterpieces. I loved watching how creative they each were. Some fun game ideas:

  • Don’t Miss the Bus Race- Have the children pack a lunch, grab their homework, collect lunch money, put it all in their backpacks and hop on the bus.
  • What I Did on My Summer Vacation Charades – Give each guest a turn to act out their favorite summer memory.
  • Scavenger Hunt for school supplies.

A Back to School Bash—the perfect way to say goodbye to summer and hello to the beginning of a brand new school year!

For more ideas, check out the Cupcakes and Lemonade blog.