10 Back to School Event Ideas

  • Jul 23, 2019

Use these 10 awesome and fun back to school event ideas to bring families, teachers and the community together before school ins back in full swing!


  • Carnival with centers and games
    • Add some fun to the mix with our Photo Fun Outdoor Package!
      • Perfect for outdoor events, this package provides both entertainment and photo ops. The event tent provides shade at your event (includes case and stake kit). A Selfie Frame gives your guests the chance to become social media stars. A Jumbo easel gives you a place to set your Selfie Frame in between photoshoots. Bag toss game includes two game boards and eight bean bags.
  • Ice Cream Social
    • Sprinkles, hot fudge, nuts, whip cream and more! Use these handy ice cream bowls with your school mascot on them to help amplify your school spirit! 
  • Pancake Breakfast
    • Who doesn't like pancakes for breakfast with their best friends? A pancake breakfast is a perfect back to school event for all ages! Hand out these branded spatulas to all of the amazing volunteers to thank them for their time and effort! 
  • Plan a Potluck
    • Plan a potluck with a theme, whether it be Italian, Mexican, Chinese or something else, choose a unique theme and have everyone sign up to bring a dish. Order some plates and napkins in your school colors to add some flair to your event! 
  • Outdoor Picnic
    • Everyone brings a blanket and a basket of food. Provide live music or a DJ and you'll be sure to have the best back to school party in town! Have each participant buy raffle tickets to win camping chairs, picnic baskets or other picnic themed items to help raise money for the upcoming school year. It's a win-win! 
  • Parking Lot Tailgate
    • Bring your sports themed games, tailgate essentials, and a winning attitude and set up your back to school party in your school parking lot. Contact local PR agencies to see if any local athletes are available to make an appearance! 
  • School Dance or Sock Hop
    • Sometimes it's nice to beat the heat and get inside. Hire a DJ and get the music pumpin' and feet movin'! Looking for a great school spirit item to commemorate your back to school dance? Check out these socks that can be made in your school colors and with a logo or mascot! 
  • Pool Party
    • Get the beach balls and sunglasses ready for a day at the pool! Rent out a public or community pool and beat the hot summer temps. Plan water games, or a poolside movie and you will be sure to draw a crowd.  
  • Bowling Night
    • Who doesn't love to bowl! It's a family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy. To ensure people sign up early and you can reserve enough lanes, offer a free bowling towel giveaway to those that register early! 
  • Community/School Clean Up Service Day
    • As they say, it takes a village! So take the people of your village, town or city and help plan a community clean up day. People love to give back to the communities they live in. Areas that can be serviced are school grounds, local police stations and other government facilities, as well as parks, rivers or beaches. And don't forget to hand out litter bags to every participant! 

Whatever back to school event or back to school party you decide on, these events are about coming together, having fun and getting reconnected. Have a great time! 


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