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Creative Back to School Party Ideas {+ FREE Printables}

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Who doesn’t love free printables, right? ;) Amanda’s Party To Go always has colorful and fun themes to choose from, and Cris of Crissy’s Crafts is sharing some beyond-creative Back To School Party Ideas featuring Amanda’s FREE Back to School Printables! Cris really is super crafty (hello, Twizzler pencils and grape “bookworms”!). If you haven’t seen her work yet, you’re in for a treat today…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Twister “Pencils”, StackerMallow “Erasers” & Marshmallow Confetti “Chalk”
– Adorable bookworm cupcake toppers +DIY crayon cupcake stands
– Chalk placemats for tic tac toe
– Free school bus box printables used as holders for red apple cake pops

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back to school dessert stand

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apple paper lanterns

back to school lunchbox snacks

back to school party pencils

marshmallow chalkboard platters

back to school free printables

school bus printables

back to school party favors

back to school apple gumballs

apple worm cookies

composition notebook party favors


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Cris

Back to School is always an exciting time for my children. We have a mom and me day to purchase the school supplies, special first day outfit, new shoes, new lunch bag and backpack. This year is extra special since my son, Joey, will start Pre-K!! Yep, all my children will be in school!! I want to celebrate Joey’s milestone by having a Welcome/Back to School Party. As always, Amanda from Amanda’s Party to Go designed the cutest FREE Back to School printable ever!!

My kids looked very cute wearing back to school personalized tees from *golden*.

For this party, I tried to keep the snacks simple but creative. For the sweet table, we enjoyed some erasers (StackerMallows), pencils (twisters), chalk (marshmallow confetti), ABC chocolate letters, 123 chocolate numbers, bookworm cupcakes with the cutest cupcake toppers ever from Lynlee’s Petite Cakes, gum ball apples, apple cake pops and apple sugar cookies from Sugar on Top. Before they hit the sweet table, the children munched on apple shaped whole wheat ham and cheese sandwiches, bookworm grapes and apple juice.

I set up the goodies on my daughter’s desk and used my son’s vintage school desk to display some of their treats that they took home.

For the backdrop, I used a black bulletin board paper, embellished with a polka dot trimmer and the Back to School banner from the FREE Back to School  printable.

As favors, the youngest took home a metal school box from Lunchboxes.com full of  goodies. The older children receive a lunch sack from Celebrations by Jill full of school supplies.

Thanks to Jill Celebration’s chalk place mats, the kids played tick tack toe while munching on their snacks. What a fun and creative idea!

I also used the FREE Back to School printable to embellish their lunch boxes, snack bags, mason jars, goodie bags, and popcorn container.

One of my favorite DIY project for this party is the crayon cupcake stand using crayons and toilet paper roll! So easy to make and definitely made the cupcakes stand out!

They had fun playing memory game and back to school bingo. A fun way to kick of the 2012/2013 School Year!



– Styling: Crissy’s Crafts
– Printables: Amanda’s Party to Go
– Personalized tees: *golden*
– Cupcake Toppers: Lynlee’s Petite Cakes
–  Gum ball apples, apple cake pops & apple sugar cookies: Sugar on Top
– Metal lunch boxes: Lunchboxes.com
– Lunch sacks & chalk placemats: Celebrations by Jill


  1. Amanda August 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Cris always does such adorable and creative work! Thank you for sharing the FREEBIE printables set and Cris’ fabulous party using them!

  2. Celebrations by Jill August 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Cris put together a great party – it was fun to be a small part of it! Thanks!

  3. Amanda Holliman Parker August 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Cris always does such adorable and creative work! Thank you for sharing the FREEBIE printables set and Cris' fabulous party using them!

  4. Lydia- The Party Wagon August 25, 2012 at 6:25 am

    That is the CUTEST back-to-school party! I love every little detail- and the talented party girls that put it together and contributed!! Love it!

  5. Debbie Wyler August 25, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Thank you so much for this adorable freebie. Just one question… can you tell me about the buntings you have hanging up? Did you just use scrapbook paper to make them or is there a printable for them somewhere?
    Thanks so much!

  6. artes dImaginacao August 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

    An adorable party!

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  9. Tara February 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Where did you find the yellow licorice? I can only find “nuggets” not the full length in yellow!! Thanks!!

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    I love this party so much. I’m hosting a school party this year, and I would love to know where I could print the school bus box. I’ve searched and searched, and I can’t find it anywhere. Can anyone send me a link so that I can download it? (It’s not in Amanda’s party printable set.)

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