Remember that Staples commercial from a few years back where the father is skipping through the store with his kids while shopping for school supplies? The music in the background played “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” If you can relate, then consider hosting a back-to-school shindig for adults only. Here are a few tips and ideas that will guarantee you score an A+ for effort!
Set your game plan:
- If your party will include both moms and dads, schedule it in the evening. This will allow working parents to attend, as well as stay-at-home parents. Weekends typically work better for most people, but if you’d rather have your party during the week, consider holding it from 7:00 – 10:00 since everyone will likely need to be up early with the kids the next day. Plus, starting at 7:00 allows time for people to get home from work and get the kids settled with the sitter.
- If your party is just for stay-at-home moms/dads, then consider having it while the kids are in school.
- Determine if you’d like to make it a potluck, whereby everyone brings a dish or dessert. If so, give your guests ample time to shop for ingredients and prepare their dish ahead of time. In order to have a good variety of dishes on the buffet, tell each guest the type of dish to bring, i.e., appetizer, side dish, dessert. As the host, be sure to take care of the main dish, along with beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and bread or dinner rolls.
- Determine if you’d like to send printed invitations or if you’ll be sending them via email or a service like evite. Allow enough time for people to line up a babysitter.
- If hosting a potluck, as discussed in the section above, make it clear on the invitation that you will contact everyone about what to bring.
- If holding the party on a weeknight, be sure to include the time that the party will end. Since most people will have to be up early the next morning, you’ll want the party to wrap up at a reasonable hour.
- Since this is an adult party, be specific on the invitation so there is no confusion the day of the party.
- Whether it’s a cocktail party or dinner affair, be sure to convey those details on the invitation so your guests are prepared. If you’re planing to serve cocktails and appetizers only, let guests know so they can choose to have a light snack before coming. Consider saying something like “School’s in session! Let’s celebrate with over cocktails!”
Have fun with the little details!
These clever beverage signs from TheSweetestOccasion.com are so much fun and best of all, you can download, print and make them yourself!
Bring out the kid in everyone by serving some sweet treats, like these apple cake pops.
If you don’t have time to bake a cake from scratch, order a cake from your local bakery or grocery store and decorate it yourself. This cake from Pepperidge Farm used two of their Vanilla 3-Layer cakes, which were then decorated and embellished.
Serve a signtaure cocktail! Here are a few suggestions: