A preschool graduation is a big deal and needs to be celebrated. The children in your child’s class are their first friends. In many cases the families have also become close, and if children are going to different grade schools, this could be the last opportunity to celebrate together. Be sure to invite the teachers as well.
Involve your child in the planning and preparations for the party. Up to this point most of the parties they’ve attended are to celebrate one child’s birthday. This party celebrates all of the children and their achievements as a group.
Keep it simple. There is no need to spend a lot of money for the celebration; much of what you need is available at the dollar store in your home town or by mail order. Due to the minimum quantities you’re required to order online it might be better to shop local for some items.
The Dollar Tree (I’m using this store as an example because I have a well-stocked location near my home, the dollar store in your neighborhood will most likely have these products) has an entire section of graduation decorations. Go for colorful balloons and a banner.
Do you want a lunch, dinner or just an afternoon of hanging out together with snacks? Plan a kid friendly menu with items such as: Hot dogs, hamburgers, spaghetti, fresh cut up veggies with dips, potato chips, etc.
A pot luck, where each family brings part of the meal, assures that no one will be overwhelmed with preparing everything. It also assures that those with special dietary needs can bring what members of their own family can eat.
A quick trip to the baking aisle of your favorite grocery store will let you turn dessert into an activity to remember! Bake cupcakes with your child a night or two before the party-but don’t decorate them. If you have a big group split up the baking duties among several families. When it’s time for dessert provide an assortment of colored icings, chocolate chips, colored sprinkles or anything else that sounds good to you and you’re child and let everyone decorate their own cupcakes. Before everyone eats their creation snap a picture of the cupcake and the artist. It will be messy-but fun.
Once again your dollar store comes though with colorful cups, plates, napkins and utensils.
If the weather is nice and you have a pool invites everyone to swim. No pool? Set up a sprinkler. The kids will love running through it. You can provide a few toys to make playing in the water even more fun.
You have to be ready with inside activities in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Guests can bring games and activities that the both adults and children can enjoy together both inside and outside.
Whatever you do it is sure to be something that those who attend will remember as a special day that capped off their child’s preschool experience.