Somebody said “Best Party Ever” again this year at our 2nd annual Back to School Party but this year it wasnt one of the guests, it was me! Seriously, I totally recommend this party to everyone who has kids in school -especially if your child is in kindergarten. What a great way to meet the kids and parents and start to build relationships in your school community. I know every one is super busy on the weekends, sports, parties, errands etc so I was so apprecitive that so many people attended. (they must have heard through the grapevine about my candy bars and goodie bags!!). I did the party as an “open house” style so people could stop by anytime as their schedule allowed and say hello, grab some pizza and dessert and be on their way if needed. Well wouldnt you know, people arrived early and stayed the entire time. I heard multiple parents comment on what a good idea the party was and how much they enjoyed the opporutnity to meet the other parents.
I did my usual candy bar plus a table with the goodie bags. Details are all below in case you wish to replicate any of the party.
I will share a few photos that I took myself so I must admit it was alot at the end trying to get everything ready and snap photos given my amateur status. I found that taking photos of glass is initself a challenge and of course the weather was partly cloudy so I would get ready and then the light would change dramatically!! scream
Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions! Happy to help you plan your next party.
Invitations. I used the HPD graduation cap image and just did the year the kindergartner’s will graduate – in our case 2025 but you can use this same them and just change the date. It’s a great conversation piece as to look ahead at a date 13 years from now and the concept that goes with it– it is alot of fun! I did these on correspondence cards, vertically. 24 for $40.00 and can be ordered here.
As always rushed for time and doing everything 2 days before I ran to Target to get the candy. My theme was primary colors which made it pretty easy. If you have seen my candy bars in the past, you know that I ususally spend hours sorting candy by color. No such luxury this time around. Hopefully I am the only one who noticed!! I purchased, Skittles, M&Ms, Smarties, Sour Patch Kids, Starbursts, Kisses and the candy table favorite, Ring Pops. I used the jars that I purchased at Target a few years ago. They are inexpensive and great to keep on hand as you can reuse them. The scoops are from Sur La Table.
For the labels, I did HPD 2.5 round stickers which you can find here with an image and mounted them on cardstock I purchased at Michael’s. I added a ribbon and used double sided tape to adhere. Very easy.
For the Cupcakes I used the same 2.5 rounds sticker mounted and purchased cupcake sticks at Michaels. They are by Wilton and in the cake decorating section if you havent purchased them before. I ordered the cupcakes from HolyGanache. They were delicious and I was so happy to have cupcakes that didnt have colored frosting sprayed on like I had at the firetruck party!
I needed a bit in inspiration on my candy table once I had it set up. I reached for my copy of Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas and sure enough I saw her polka dot party and decided to create some colored circles. It was just what the table needed!
I learned my lesson (no pun intended) last year as I tried to buy supplies for the party in August. It was a huge mistake. Did you hear about the woman camped outside of Target in July the day before the schools supplies went on sale? Ummm it was me. ( just kidding). In all seriousness I purchaesd the supplies on the day they were put out on display. It was July I know but everything was available and on sale (super cheap) and last year I had to travel to all Targets in a 50 mile radius ( ask my husband – he will testify as I made him drive me!) to get the supplies and a wood ruler was nowhere to be found!!
I included the supplies below, ruler, markers, crayons, scissors, notepad and glue. Total per box was less that $5.00