So every year there is a sucker and this year that sucker was me. I am of course, speaking of the job of class parent. It’s up to me to throw three holiday (but not holiday specific parties a year.) Each one needs to be amusing enough for twenty kids, not involve anything messy, take less than five minutes to set up, but be thirty minutes long. Yeah.
But my favorite one is coming up, the Valentine’s Party! Not only do I get to involve the actual holiday but it’s also the last one. With two under my belt, I know what works and what doesn’t. So now, I am sharing the best tips with you.
Here’s the top ten for easy Valentine’s Class Party tips!
1. Make the take away the craft! I personally frown upon goody bags for class parties but it’s fun for the kids to take something home. Make the main activity a craft that can be taken home. Valentine’s Day calls for something to hold all the cards from classmates. One of my favorites is the cereal box craft. Cover with paper bags ahead of time and let the kiddos go to town with decorating. Here’s a great tutorial. More ideas for Valentine Boxes.
2. Provide healthy snacks. Snacks don’t have to be a sugar fest to be fun. These yogurt covered strawberries make for a fun heart themed snack that won’t cause a sugar crash.
3. Chose participant games where everyone is a winner. There’s nothing more sad than a kid who is crying when they lost at pin the star on the tree. Not that I would know. Instead go with pass the parcel. Wrap several layers of small gifts in red tissue paper and then play music and have each kid unwrap a layer.
4. Have the students decorate a giant valentine for the teacher. Make a heart out of posterboard and then have the students take turns decorating.
5. Enlist a parent helper and set up a “tattoo” station. Use washable markers to draw heart tattoos on the kids’ biceps.
6. For another healthy snack, decorate bananas and peel able tangerines with sharpied hearts. For an extra special touch, write the name of each kid and place it at their chair.
7. Make one big statement; it doesn’t have to be expensive. Kids are enchanted by fun. Ideas: blow up balloons and cover the floor space in them, cover the tables in white paper and let the kids decorate them, or set up a cupcake decorating station.
8. If the class doesn’t trade valentines, make ones for each kiddo in the room. One of my favorite blogs, Momfessionals, has adorable valentines printables here that make assembling them a snap. You could even have them build their own trail mix and take it home for an activity
9. Make up an agenda and share it with the teacher before hand so she or he can help you keep things moving. This site has sample ones by age.
10. Feeling overwhelmed? Ask for help! I’ve found that parents are always happy to help, especially if you ask for small contributions. Send home a letter or a group email with specific requests.
If you’re looking for other ideas to make your Valentine’s Day a little bit more special, I’m sharing a few ideas from my favorite bloggers.
- Romantic Lavender Linen Spray from Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- Homemade Bath Salts from Momma D Jane
- Pomegranate Cherry Parfait from Upstate Rambling
- Chocolate Strawberry Muffins from Day by Day in Our World
- Glittered Wine Glasses from How Was Your Day?
- Sparkling Cider Etched Bottle with Love Printable by A Mom’s Take
- Valentine’s Day Breakfast Recipe by Our Family World
- DIY Heart Handwarmers by About A Mom
- Reeses Pieces Valentine Jar by This Mama Loves
- Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging by Better in Bulk
- Decadent Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Recipe from My So Called Balanced Life
- Strawberry Cream Parfait for your Cubit from 2Boys + 1Girl = One Crazy Mom
- White Chocolate Valentine Hearts from Views from the Ville
- Valentine Love Letters Craft from Philzendia
- DIY Valentine’s Bath Fizzies from Simply Southern Mom
- Heart Shaped Oatmeal Dog Treats from Two Little Cavaliers
- Mason Jar Valentine’s Day Craft from Sunshine and Sippy Cups
- Valentine’s Class Parties from The Guavalicious Life
- Valentine’s DIY Cards from Libby’s Library
- Mini Meatloves for Valentine’s Day Dinner from Mom on the Side