Back to School party

Back to School party ideas and free printables

My kids go to school in 1 week. Seriously you guys, how in the world did that happen? I can’t even believe that they are that old. So today we planned to have all their friends over for one last shabang before school starts. I can’t wait to share all the aspects of it with you, because if you have a few hours to spare, you can throw this party together too. All you need is a printer, paper, a few fun snacks and some craft supplies that you can pick up for super cheap.

Back to School party ideas

Each of the kids got to make their own t-shirts. These were so easy and the kids absolutely LOVE them.

Back to School party ideas

I used my cricut explore to cut out freezer paper in each of the kids’ initials. I then ironed them onto the shirt using a high heat iron for about 5 seconds. Then each kid picked their favorite color of fabric spray paint to use on their shirt and then they helped the adults spray it all over the front of their shirt. To keep the paint from bleeding thru to the back, We used a piece of cardboard in the shirt.

Back to School party ideas

Then we laid them out to dry and started the festivities!

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We started out by having the kids play sac races. These sacs are so cute because they are numbered 1-4 and in bright colors. My kids love picking the sac with their age on it. The kids had so much fun racing and it was a good way to get some energy out.

Back to School party ideas

They also played Simon Says. Because what child doesn’t rock that game?!

Back to School party ideas

Then it was time to eat. This was the best part. A bunch of the kids will be riding the bus to school for the very first time, so I made a lot of this being bus themed. I’ve been talking to William about what happens on the bus and what to do when he gets to school and the right things to do while riding the bus. So creating fun bus themed signs made him excited all over again to talk to his friends about the bus.

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We ate Bagel Bites and taquitos which together make a dang cute and yummy bus on your plate! Not only were these perfect for the party, but they will be awesome for a quick lunch when the kids get home for school, or an afternoon snack. They are quick and easy to make so there’s not a whole lot of planning needed. And the Bagel Bites are even made with real cheese, homemade sauce and have 0g trans fat.

the wheels on the bus printable sign

The drinks we had were “bus fuel” which was just a berry punch mixed with sprite. Always delicious and a huge hit with the kids. I created a printable bus sign that you can put on the front of your pitcher or drink dispenser. For the drink stand I covered a box with construction paper and cut out a few shapes to create a bus.

Back to School party ideas

Back to School party ideas

 And of course I made apple cups. Because isn’t that the one thing you think of the most when you think of back to school?! The leaves are available in the party printable pack download at the bottom of the post. I just used some red cups, black bendy straws and then punched a hole in the leaf to put the straw thru.

Free printable leaves for your straws to make an apple cup for back to school party Free printable leaves for your straws to make an apple cup for back to school party

I decorated behind the food table with an ABC banner, and had 2 different signs placed on small clipboards. The banner and the signs are all available in the printable pack as well.

Back to School party ideas the wheels on the bus printable sign

By the time everyone was done eating, their shirts were dry and they were so excited to put them on.

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We pulled off the freezer paper to reveal their initials. The uniqueness of each one is so fun. 

Back to School party ideas

Gracie keeps calling it her “Pink G’s shirt”

Back to School party ideas

 This is Gracie and her best friend wearing their new shirts. They are both so excited to be in pre-school this year!

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At the end, I sent each child home with a gift to give their teachers next week when they go to school. This is such a fun and easy way to help support your child’s teacher. I once again used my cricut explore to write and cut out the signs in the shape of a door hanger. If you want to cut your own, just go to this URL and click cut. It really is that easy!!! The possibilities are endless with what paper and pen combos you use!

Back to School party ideas and free printables


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  1. What a fun party! I bet they all had a blast. I love how you made little buses out of the food. So creative. šŸ™‚

  2. How fun! Those shirts are adorable. And my boys would love those snacks!

  3. BUS FUEL! I just love that. I think we’ll be having that the afternoon my kids get home from their first day. Such a cute party!

  4. Such fun and creative ideas! I need to try that with my Cricut Explore too!

  5. Everything is SO cute. It looks like a total blast

  6. Cute! Such clever ideas!

  7. Such darling ideas!!!

  8. This turned out ADORABLE V! Good work lady!

  9. So much fun!! I’m sure everyone had a blast! šŸ™‚

  10. What a fun party – I love all the details you added! Those little shirts are so cute too.

  11. Such a cute idea! I should totally throw a back to school party for my soon to be kindergardener!

  12. Such a fun party!! Everything is adorable!!

  13. How fun!! Those apple cups are adorable!

  14. Oh my heck! This is probably the cutest party I have seen! Love everything about it!

  15. What a cute back to school party! And I gotta admit – I love Bagel Bites!

  16. You are such a fun mom!!! I want to come play.

  17. This is such a fun idea!! Loved the pictures and the ideas! Became your newest follower on G+ I’ll be featuring your post on the next Brag About it Link Party hope you can join us – Party starts Mondays at Midnight!

  18. Adorable! Pinning to my kids party page. Hope you drop by sometime.

  19. How cute is that?! I love all the little details. Turning the taquitos and bagel bites into a bus on the plate? I would never have thought of that! The monogram shirts are adorable and I love the idea of the teacher gift as party favor.
    Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty Can’t wait to see what you share next!

  20. This looks awesome and like so much fun! I’ll definitely have to keep mind for when my little guy gets older. Thanks so for sharing and for linking up with our Living With Style Linky Party Have a great weekend!

  21. Back to school?! NOOOOOOO!!!!

  22. What an adorable party! Thank you for the awesome printables. I love them all, but I am especially excited to make the apple cups!

  23. Such cute ideas, Vanessa! This looks like so much fun!

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