Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How To Plan An Awesome Fall Classroom Party

Calling all room parents!!!
Most of you are probably preparing for your child's big Halloween or Fall party this week at their school and
we here at Faulkner's want to help make your party planning experience as easy as possible for you!
Here you will find some helpful hints and resources for preparing an awesome fall party!
#1 Talk to the teacher.
Before you do anything, be sure that you meet with your child's teacher to get an idea of what they would like for the party.  There are also several important questions that you should ask such as:
  • What is the party date and duration, and how many kids are in the class?
  • Are there any particular kinds of food or refreshments expected? Does any child in the class have a food allergy or dietary restriction you should be aware of?
  • How many helpers should attend? Will the teacher recruit volunteers or should you?
  • Can you send a letter to other parents and request donations of time or money?
  • Where will the party be?
  • Does the teacher have any game or activity preferences or restrictions?
  • How much time will you have to prep the party area? How much time will you have to clean up?
(Question list from
#2 Keep It Organized
One of the best ways to organize a class party is to set up stations.  These would include 4-5 different activies that the kids can rotate through.  The benefits of this are that each parent and activity only has a small group at a time.  Since most of the kids will be super excited (plus a little hopped up on sugar) this will help to keep the party craziness at a minimum. Also, since time is usually limited, it is best to avoid messy items such as paints and glues.
#3 Arrive Prepared
On the day of the party, arrange to meet the other parents helpers outside of the school or classroom prior to the party.  This will give you time to review the plans and assign any left over tasks.
It is also a good idea to arrive with supplies already sorted out so that you can set up quickly beforehand.
(Note: If you can’t get into the party space prior to the party, then bring a quick craft activity that the children can do at their desks while the parents set up.)
#4 Enjoy yourself!
It’s a party afterall! Remember, you can be as flexible as you want.  If the students aren’t responding well to a game or activity, just move on to the next idea.  Also, sometimes things don't always go according to plans, so bring an extra easy activity just in case you have some extra time to fill.
#5 Don't forget about our Classroom Pack Specials this week!
We have some special deals at Faulkner’s to help you save some dough while planning your classroom party!
Mini pumpkins are normally $.75 each or 12 for $7.50 but this week they are only $.50!
Pie Pumpkins are normally $.80/lb but this week are only $1.00 each!

Also, check out these links for more party planning tips and fall activities:
We hope that you and the kiddos have a blast at the party!
~ Your Friends at Faulkner’s

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