What better way to kick off the start of a new school year than with a Back-To-School themed party. This party is perfect for students, parents or teachers and the theme can be tailored to either group.
The goal of my party is to encourage you to prepare for a healthy school year and continue being your children or students biggest cheerleader.
Today I’ll show you how I planned my party and created fun goodie bags. These goodie bags will help families prepare and guard against illness this school year. I will show you my go-to products, and how I created the goodie bags with them.
The inspiration for my party comes from a morning brunch our school hosts for teachers and parents the first week of school. The idea is to help parents prepare for the back to school routine. I spun that idea into a party of my own that will help families prepare for the cold a flu season. It’s almost impossible to keep our kids from getting sick when they are around so many people, but we can be ready when they start feeling under the weather.
For my party decor, I used school supplies a teacher would typically use in his or her classroom. For the table linen, I used craft paper stamped with fun messages you’d see a teacher use on a graded paper.
To give the table center pieces a school theme, I covered my son’s text books with construction paper and hand wrote the subjects on the spine. The thickness of the books gave me the height I needed for the center piece. To add even more of a school feel, I placed school supplies like netbooks, pencils, and erasers on the table. The final touch was the bookworm die cut border.
The theme of my party has two parts: health and encouragement this school year and that came through in my menu choices.
My party menu incorporates healthy, vitamin packed snacks with encouraging messages to motivate children. The goal of the menu is to reinforce our desire for them to choose foods at school that will boost their immune system, help them fight off illness, and do well.
To make the snacks fun I added encouraging messages. This is not only a great idea for this party, but for lunch boxes as well.
Fun Fruit Notes
To create fun fruit messages on the bananas and oranges, I used a black marker and drew directly on the skin. After drawing faces on the bananas, I secured a folded napkin to it with a piece of tape.
Happy Apple Leaves
Using a sheet of green construction paper I cut out leaf shapes for the apples. I used them to write a short message for the kids which I attached to the stem using tape.
Along with the fresh fruit at the party table, I served, smoothies and parfaits.
Healthy Families Gift Bags
Before the party, I stocked up on school and wellness supplies from Walmart for each family. Whenever I’m planning a party I stop there because I can usually find the decor, food and party supplies I need all in one store. Each bag was filled with the following items.
For the student
- mini notebook
- binder clips
- magnetic locker storage container
- student planner
- “Big Mistake” eraser
- Chapstick®: “Moisturizes & softens for smooth lips everyday”.
- “New Centrum® MultiGummies® f
- Advil® Liquid-Gels®