Whether you’re celebrating the end of high school and the start of college or a year of hard work in the elementary classroom, it’s time start planning an end-of-school celebration. Here are our favorite end of school party ideas and tips to pull them off!
The first step to a successful party is to pick a strong, singular theme. (This could be why the Luau Dunk Tank Chili Cook-Off Costume Contest we threw last month didn’t really pan out.) Pick a single thing to focus on and plan the party around it. Pool parties are especially popular at the end of the year, and they can be quite easy to pull off. Since most of the celebrating will take place outside, you won’t necessarily need to go all-out with decorations, especially ones that aren’t waterproof. Get some pool floats and a couple of tiki torches and you’re set. The same goes for backyard barbecues, which can be somewhat labor-intensive for the host. So focus on fun and colorful paperware, cups, napkins, coasters and drinkware that will pull the focus to the beautiful food you spent all day preparing!
What food you’ll serve depends on so many things, but most of all, it’ll depend on your budget. There are ways to feed a party crowd of any size with a budget of any size, so make sure to get a solid headcount and swallow your pride for an afternoon, because there is no shame in store-bought potato salad. For unique recipes that can feed 10 or 100, check out SampleHouse’s selection of cookbooks that cover appetizers, finger foods, barbecue and everything in between. And of course, we have the serving platters, utensils and table coverings to make your culinary prowess shine. Better yet, ask guests to bring their favorite dish that reminds them of summertime, and your party buffet will be both diverse and meaningful!
Since the D-FW metroplex has been channeling its inner Seattle lately, it might be wise to think about what kind of activities your guests can do in case the weather cancels your pool party. SampleHouse is ready to outfit your indoor soiree with puzzles, word games, trivia books and too many crafts to count. For easy fun with lots of laughs, games like Two Truths and a Lie and the Purse & Pocket Search are easy to learn and might even become the new end-of-school-year party tradition.