- Decorate the Back-to-School party room with inspiring ornamentation.Back to school! image by Alexey Klementiev from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>
Some children are excited to go back to school, whereas others are nervous or do not want summer to end. A back-to-school party will inspire the keen students and allow the more reluctant ones to look at this time of year in a more positive light. Decorating the back-to-school party location is key to setting the mood. Use color, props and motivational motifs to bring the party room to life.
- Hang streamers and tie balloons around the party room using your child's or students' school colors. If the school does not have defined school colors, use primary-colored (yellow, red and blue) balloons and streamers.
- Place school-related plots around the room. Fill bowls with real apples. Set up floor-hockey sticks, sports balls, mini-chalk boards, world globes, maps, educational posters, rulers, text books, bicycle wheels, instruments, sheet music, and any other items you can think of, in a decorative fashion. Make cut-outs out of card stock of school buses, computers, flag poles, school buildings, apples, crayons and other themed-objects and hang them from the ceiling. You can probably find templates online for these. You can even make edible props and use them as centerpieces, like a cake shaped as a school bus, jars filled with colorful candy and dried fruit or tiered cupcakes with letters and numbers on top.
- Attach a piece of butcher paper to a blank wall. Give children markers and ask them to draw and write what they hope to accomplish in the coming school year. This graffiti wall will transform into a work of art as the party progresses.
School Supply Wall
- On another blank wall, hang a peg board. Fill small decorative buckets with pencils, erasers, markers, pens and other colorful school supplies. Hang the buckets on the peg board using hooks in a visually appealing fashion. For the party, the peg board will serve as a decoration; at the end of the party let each child take a bucket home as a party favor.