Let's celebrate! It's time for NOT back to school.
As homeschoolers we have the greatest freedom and flexibility in our days. We've got to take advantage of this great gift and use it for a day of fun!
That means, a (Home) school party!
Let's throw a Not Back to School Party!
I've posted some questions for you to consider as you plan your party. It can really be anything that fits you.
What do you want from your celebration?
- Pump your children (and yourself) up for the coming school year
- Have a day of fun
- Celebrate your reasons for homeschooling
- Set the stage for your school year
When will you hold your party?
- The week (or more) before
- The day before
- The night before
- The day of
- The night of your first day
Who is coming to the party?
- Just your family
- Your other Homeschool friends
- Your family
- Your Homeschool club or co-op
What age of people is this party for?
- All ages
What's your budget?
- Mostly free
- Small budget
Your budget may impact your complication. Though, it is possible to have a very involved party without spending lots of money.
- You want a simple party
- Somewhat involved party
- Very involved party
- Community Center
- Outdoor location
Here's an invitation for you to use
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- Ultimate Frisbee
- Water Kickball
- Swim party
- Flour tag
- Party Games
- Party Games
- Time capsule
- Decorate your own journal/notebook
- Wrap a pen/pencil
- School photos
- Treasure hunt
- Swim in the river/lake/pool
- Water games
Yummy stuff to eat
- Cookies and milk
- Apple buffet
- Ice cream sundae bar
- Burgers and hotdogs
- Chili cheese fries
- Family's favorite meal
- Apple Pie Cupcakes
- Confidence Cookies
- Rice Krispie apples
- Chocolate Kiss Pencils
A treat to give away is always fun
- A visit from the Homeschool Fairy (fresh fun school supplies)
- Edible Glue
- Lucky Charms goodie Bag
- Gumball Ruler
- Pencil cases
- Snazzy notebooks
- Membership to a museum or zoo
- A new book (or a set of books)
- A fun printable full of encouragement, framed
Let's put it all together into two options
Party option #1
Who: Family Party
When: Afternoon/Evening of the first day
Have a few simple decorations
Red, yellow, and blue streamers, a couple grouping of balloons, and 3 mason jars filled with fresh new pencils, crayons, and colored pencils for a centerpiece.
Have an apple buffet:
Apples with caramel sauce in a bowl (melt caramels with some milk/cream). Have bowls of toppings to sprinkle on your caramel apples. Can slice the apples up to make it easier to eat.
Have apple rice krispie treats, apple cupcakes, and apple juice. Lay out some savory treats as well to counter balance all the sweets: fresh veggies, chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, a favorite dip, etc.
Have a treasure hunt, draw a vague map. Have them stop at several locations within the house and backyard. Have a clue at each stop. Have a prize at the end -- a box of fun art supplies or science experiment.
Decorate your own composition notebook with glue, paints, paper, and anything else you love and can find.
OR decorate your own library bag with fabric markers and paint. What Homeschooler doesn't love the library?
Each person (even the parents) fill out a survey for the year.
Make a sign displaying their grade (if you use grade levels) and take a picture and have mom take a picture holding each sign for the children's grade levels. Make sure and take a family photo as well.
Play relay races.
Make a picnic dinner together, pack it up, go to a park, on a hike, or to the backyard and eat out under the sky.
Tell each kid what you love about them, what you think their strengths are, and your hopes for them this year. Ask them what their hopes are for this school year are.
Be sure to record them either at the picnic or when you get home.
These are the treasure they find, the things they decorate, and the centerpieces for them to keep.
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Party option #2
Who: Homeschol Group
When: Weekend before school starts
Everybody brings their own picnic lunch
Have fun treats: pencil cupcakes, chips and dip, cut up watermelon, Rice Krispie treat apples.
- Mattress surfing: blow up a queen-sized mattress, push it out into the water. Everyone takes turns seeing how long they can stand up in the middle of it. Longest time wins!
- Mattress wrestling: get on that same queen-sized mattress and have two people kneel on the mattress, facing each other. Place your hands on the other person's shoulders and try to push the other one off without getting knocked off.
Make sure those that are weaker swimmers have life jackets on. If in a pool, may need help to keep the mattress away from the sides.
Easy party games for the younger kiddos.
A small treat bag with a few fun art supplies: tube of paint, paint brush, pencil, and mini canvas or a list of art prompts.
Optional: Have an opening or closing "speech" to welcome everyone and to give some words of encouragement for the new school year. The confidence cookies thought is a great thing to share.
Looking for more resources and ideas for your Not Back to School traditions and celebrations? You're in the right place!
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Here is a post I curated for you, my lovely friend. There's a ton of not back to school party ideas, treats, gifts, and photo ideas in this post. In fact, there's 120 different ideas. Get excited.
Keep an eye out for more ideas headed your way! And to see what we do for our own NOT Back to School Party.