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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Foot Themed- Back to School Party

While it may be very early for a Back to School blog post in our area,
(We don't head back to school until after Labor Day.)
we do know a few kids and teachers who start school in August.


Why not start the school year off with a fun Back to School Celebration?


My kids didn't mind having a Back to School party early...it meant new school supplies--which they love!

(The little converse hi-tops were worn by my nephew.  He had outgrown them and I swiped them.  Aren't they cute?  Perfect prop for my party theme.) 


I decided to 'step it up' a notch this year and have a  'theme' for our Back to School Party.
 It's a 'foot themed' party.





Not only do I want my kids to have a 'toe'tally great year,
I want them to start the school year off on the 'right foot.'
Last year was a bit rocky of a start, so this year we're making an effort to discuss what happened and how we can all work together to have a great school year.


A few treats, a few new school supplies and a few decorations helped set our theme.

A Back to School Foot Themed Party!


New notebooks encouraged the kids to give this year their 'heart  and sole'!




New athletic socks for my son and crazy toe socks for my daughter
were tied up with this adorable shoe ribbon!



A toe polish treat was packaged up for my daughter.

Lunch was 'foot themed' of course!
Foot long hot dogs, a foot long carrot and 2 'feet' of watermelon.
I used a foot shaped cookie cutter to cut the fruit.
(You could also substitute a foot long sub sandwich instead of the hot dogs.)


While eating, we talked about the upcoming school year and how they could 'step it up.'
We discussed subject areas they wanted to improve in, classes they would like to get better grades in.
How they could make new friends and help others.
We also discussed 'steps' we could take as a family to make the year go smoothly.



 After lunch we had a few treats.  Licorice is always a favorite.



 Nutter Butter cookies with red Candy Melts made the perfect painted toenails.


I used a foot cookie cutter to cut the crispy rice treats into flat feet.


After treats, we headed outside for some games involving your feet, of course!


We played a fun game called 'Paper Step'.


Each player receives 2 sheets of paper.  Object is to get to the finish line first.  Players must only stand on their papers, not the ground. If player falls off the papers, they have to start at the beginning.  It's constant moving of the papers to step on them and get to the finish line.
The kids beat me every time!


Once we were tired of that game, out came the sidewalk chalk and a mission.
Make the coolest hopscotch ever!



A hundred squares later (no joke!) with twists and turns and backward jumps, they were finished.
Of course I had to try them out...what a workout!



It gets a little harder each year to come up with new and exciting activities with my 'tweens'.
(I can't believe my kids are that old!  Too bad they can't stay in elementary school.)

I knew I had pulled off a successful Back to School Celebration when I overheard my son talking about it later.
His exact words, "It was actually pretty fun."

(Yes, I did it! Score!)



To see our Back To School Party from last year, click here.
Hope your kids start off on the right foot this school year!







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9 comments :

  1. My kids start school Tuesday, looks like a fun party. I like the idea of discussing the upcoming year and plans to make it a good one.

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  2. I love your party ideas, and this one is "toe-tally" awesome! Great job as always!

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  3. What a cool party theme! I love the Converse shoes. My mom and dad used to work at a Converse factory a looooooooooooooooooong time ago. And I love the foods cut into feet, especially the flat feet treats. I have severely flat feet. lol

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  5. This is so clever! I'm thinking of doing a back to school party for my boys next week...thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. What a fun idea for little ones to get them excited for school! We would love for you to share at our fun Super Summer Saturday link up here: http://www.thechirpingmoms.com/2013/08/super-summer-saturday.html Thanks! Julie

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  7. That looks like a lot of fun! If your kids were a bit younger, you could have added Pete the Cat and his shoes.

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  8. Such a cute little party! If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party going on now: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/08/sunday-linky-20.html

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  9. Oh my gosh adorable party!! The little watermelon feet our my fave but then again I love all the details!

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