The school year is winding down and the kids are getting excited for summer! It’s that time of year for end of school picnics, parties, and potlucks. Kids, parents, and teachers alike will appreciate a fun day to celebrate all of the achievements of the school year! And the teachers really appreciate it if a few parents volunteer to pull a party together for them. All it takes is organization and communication. With very little effort you can avoid that party where the only food choices are pretzels, potato chips, cookies and more cookies!
Here are a few tips for a successful end of school picnic:
1 – Assign specific dishes to your guests. You can break this up by last name:
A-F bring a main course
G-L bring a dessert
M-Q bring salads and fruit
R-T bring paper plates and cups
U-Z bring plastic silverware and napkins
2 – Get volunteers in advance to bring ice, coolers and some extra serving utensils just in case.
This is a great option for full-time working parents who may not have the time to prepare a dish, but will feel uncomfortable if they aren’t able to contribute.
Serve food immediately or make certain you keep it refrigerated prior to serving.
3 – Make a large cooler of Lemonade, with powder or fresh. Skip water bottles, juice boxes, and soda cans to avoid wasted drinks and excessive trash.
4 – Set up a buffet table that can be served from both sides, so you can accommodate a large number of hungry guests.
Serve the kids the main meal and drinks. Get a few parents to help out. Kids will get their food and drink fast, and you will make certain that portions are controlled.
5 – Set up games to keep the kids (and adults) entertained. If you are entertaining at the local pool, this is pretty easy – all you have to do is open the gate and the kids are guaranteed a good time!
If it is a backyard pool party, hire a lifeguard for the day so adults can enjoy the party too.
If you are having it at a park, there are always water balloons, sprinklers, bag toss…you get the idea.
6 – Make sure you have plenty of shade and sunscreen available for adults and kids. No need to start vacation off with a sunburn!
7 – Before you let the kids leave, gather up all of the abandoned socks, shoes, shirts, towels and have them at the door and ask every kid to look to see if they are missing one of the lost items before they go!
With just a little bit of planning, you can host a spectacular summer kick-off that everyone will enjoy! We would love to hear your plans for an end of school picnic – share in the comments!