The end of summer signals cooler temperatures, shorter days, and heading back to school, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! The first few weeks back at school can be pretty intimidating. Saying goodbye to summer, getting used to a new routine, and dealing with new, unfamiliar teachers can be a scary prospect for kids, grandkids, and parents alike. One great way to ease the back-to-school stress in your household is to throw a party to celebrate the coming year.
Celebrate Going Back to School in Style
Make the start of the school year a bit more special with these back-to-school celebration ideas and recipes.
Host a Back to School Party for a Cause
School supply shopping can put a strain on many family’s budgets. If you are in a position to help others, how about throwing a backpack-stuffing party with your kids or grandkids.
Ask each guest to bring a particular item—glue sticks, paper, pens, etc. Provide backpacks (either new or gently used) and set up an assembly line for the kids to fill the bags with supplies.
After the work is done, let the kids play and eat. You can even allow them to help with baking some back-to-school treats. (See recipes below.)
At the end of the party, deliver the backpacks to your local YWCA, school district office, or other programs that help kids in need.
Chewy Maple Cookies
A little bit of sweet makes everything better, even the kids going back to school. These Chewy Maple Cookies are the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer.
Put an end to summer vacation with a school-themed party for your children or grandchildren and their friends. Already know some of their new classmates? Invite them to attend as well so the children can get to know each other in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Serve food in brown paper lunch sacks. Menu items could include sandwiches, cartons of milk, and red apples.
Play school-themed music, such as “Wonderful World” by Sam Cookie.
Decorate with chalkboards, globes, stacks of textbooks, and flashcards.
Play traditional schoolyard games such as tag, foursquare, dodgeball, tetherball, and kickball.
For dessert, serve caramel apples or apple cupcakes. (See recipes below).
Maple Caramel Apples
Fall is the perfect time to start serving a kid and adult-favorite caramel apple. Maple syrup can provide a fun twist to this classic treat.
Bake cupcakes according to the box directions. Cool completely.
Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla extract.
Gradually add the powdered sugar a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Add milk as needed.
Fold in red food coloring until you reach your desired shade of red.
Spread cupcakes with frosting. Dust with red sparkling sugar.
Place one Tootsie Roll onto each cupcake to resemble a stem.
Place 2 M&Ms on each cupcake to resemble leaves.
Back to School Breakfast
Instead of having a party the night before, try having it the MORNING before so your kids or grandkids can get a good night’s rest before their first day. Make sure to include plenty of fun breakfast options so that everyone has a good time.
A waffle, or pancake, bar can be a sweet way to add a bit of something special to your back-to-school breakfast. Use Grade A maple syrup, some of your favorite toppings, and add in some fresh fruit for a breakfast treat that is sure to be a hit! Even better, you can add some flavored maple syrups to the lineup. Here is a simple maple syrup waffle recipe to use for your waffle bar.
Don’t let the kiddos have all the back-to-school fun. Consider throwing a back-to-school bash for the parents to enjoy!
Meet the Parents Party
For little ones just starting school, it’s very likely that you’re not acquainted with other parents. If you’re up to it, a casual party to introduce yourself and get to know everyone may be the answer.
To keep things from getting overwhelming, you could have everyone bring a finger food, while you host in your backyard. If you want a challenge, you could hold it at a local park and organize a family baseball game or relay race followed by a BBQ to keep things relaxed and break the ice. Who knows? It may turn into a yearly tradition!
Moms and Mimosas Party
Invite your mom friends over on the first day of school after all the kids are on their way. Even moms deserve to celebrate the start of the school year! With a mimosa and iced coffee bar, along with a delicious menu with quick and easy brunch recipes, your mom friends will thank you for kicking off the new school year in style.