A+ Back to School Party Ideas

The school year will begin before you know it, but there is still plenty of time to host one last party! Although we absolutely love summer vacation (and we’re sure you and your kids do too), we believe that the start of a new school year is super exciting and something that should be celebrated! So what better way to get your kids, their classmates, and yourself excited for the new school year than with a back to school party? It’s not only fun but encouraging too! Inspired by books, teamwork, and other fun learning activities, these back to school party ideas are sure to get you an A+ in hosting. Continue reading to see some of our very favorite ideas.

Take keepsake photos 

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Before the school year officially starts, we suggest taking a photo of each guest so they can look back and see just what they looked like when entering their next grade. There are plenty of ways to show off their new grades, such as with chalk or a cute sign. Trust us, you’ll be so glad that these photos were taken! And all of the other party guest’s parents will be glad too. Just don’t forget to give them their copy.

Decorate your home like a classroom 

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Make your home look like a classroom! (Except a little more party oriented of course.) We love all of the ideas above such as using flashcards as garland, a chalkboard table setting, including a globe and books as props, and of course apples – real ones and these easy DIY apple balloons, too.

Get prepared for the first day of school with fun activities

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Get your guests excited for the new school year with a variety of fun activities that revolve around school supplies. Some of our favorites include decorating your own pencil boxes and lunch sacks as well as a school supply scavenger hunt! Creativity is sure to spark with the decorating of pencil boxes and lunch sacks, and a school supply scavenger not only helps with first-day-prep but encourages teamwork as well.

Get inspired with books 

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Tying in with decor and activities, we love the idea of encouraging the kids at the party to read. Three of our favorite ideas include having the kids make their own bookmarks, having the party theme inspired by a popular book such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and hosting a book exchange. For the book exchange, ask each guest to bring a book (or two, or three) of theirs that they enjoyed reading and are ready to pass along. Set up all of the books so that the guests can each pick a new one to enjoy. (However many books they brought to the party are how many they get to take home.) It’s a great way to share favorite stories and get the kids excited about reading.

Make a gift for teachers

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It’s always a nice gesture to let teachers know they are appreciated and a small gift is a great way to do so. Have your party guests work together to make a gift for their new teacher/teachers. Even the smallest of gestures goes a long way, and this is a great activity to encourage teamwork too.


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Thank your guests for attending your back to school party with favors inspired by learning. A couple of our favorite ideas include these tasty number cookies and a set of highlighters with an encouraging note.

What do you think about hosting a back to school party to get kids excited for the new school year? Which idea was your favorite and what is another idea you would suggest? We love to hear from readers, so don’t be shy and feel free to leave a comment below!

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