I always get super excited when I can showcase our own boy party ideas here. My son Sam is starting school this year. He's a little nervous about it. If I am truthful, I am a lot nervous about it - although trying not to show any of those nerves to him! I cannot believe my little baby is a little boy going to school. So I turned to what I know best: I threw a Back to School Party. Of course, I photographed it for the blog because that's how we roll around these parts.
My whole idea with this party is that I didn't want to spend a lot of money. It's not necessary. This is a party that is about the experience and getting kids ready for school. I scoured the dollar store for supplies with a budget of $50. As you can see for centerpeices, I turned to the grocery store and bought two bags of green apples. They worked out wonderfully!
Even though I used paper plates, cups and naplins as well as plastic forks, I wanted to take them up a notch. I first did that by keeping them in the same color palette. But I also did it by customizing them. I turned the paper plates into apples. For the cups, I blew up large letters that had each child's initial, cut them out and glued them to the glass. It also helps everyone keep track of their glasses!
I've done several posts from this Back to School party on the blog already! Check them out!
Instead of placemats, I used cork tiles which are about 50 cents each. They are perfect to keep in place for craft time as well.
Here's a little secret. That cute brown and white polka dot table cloth. It's actually wrapping paper. I use it all the time instead of table cloths now. Waay cheaper. There are tons of cute patterns and when you're done you just roll it up and recycle it. I was getting sick of stains on nice fabric.
The table runner is also made of paper. You can find out how I made that big ruler here.
For the party itself, I focused the activities on things that the kids would be doing at school. They had art class and practiced their math skills with a fun activity that involved counting green apples (yes, the ones used in my decor, this was a budget party). I then cut some of the apples open so the kids could learn about the different parts of an apple during science class. For "recess" I served vanilla cupcakes. They were store bought (shhh). You can get these school-themed cupcake wrappers for free by signing up for our daily newsletter here.
The easels are from the dollar store (naturally) and came with the canvas. I ended up letting them run wild with crayons rather than paint because of the clean-up. I'm a wimp, I know this.
For menu ideas, don't get fancy. Turn to your child's lunch box. Serve sandwiches, apples and juice boxes.