Fall Back-to-School Party Ideas

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Traditionally, back to school time is August or September, but now that many schools have moved to a year around calendar, back to school time can happen in the fall, winter, and spring. After a busy back to school season, we enjoyed a nice fall break. Fall break in October often means heading back to a school full of colds and flu. That's never fun! We wanted to prep for the back to school cold season and say goodbye to summer, so we had a fall theme back-to-school party. Scroll down to find some fun ideas to decorate and host a fall party. Enjoy!

Back to school time is time for a new routine. New routines bring stress and though it is fun to be back with friends at school, it means getting exposed to new germs our friends carry. Get ahead of germs and  guard against illnesses by stocking up on items that help the family feel better when sickness strikes. When you get tired and run down, you are more likely to fall victim to colds.

So, for our party we decided to give away some unusual treat bags.They weren't your typical goodie bags. We had bags of candy and fun toys for the kids who attended our party, but we also had a few prize buckets for the adults and parents!

Free Printable Goodie Bag Insert Goody Ideas

We filled a cardboard bucket with all of the great items pictured above. Then, we handed all of the adults at our party a little goodie bag filled with candy, an Emergen-C pack, and Chapstick. Inside two of the goodie bags, we included these fun free printables. The winner got the prize bucket pictured below and the runner up got a bottle of Centrum® Multi-benefit Multi-Gummies@ for adults.

Click here to download your own:  Free Printable Goodie Bag Tags

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We filled our goodie bags with Advil PM®, Centrum® Multi-benefit Multi-Gummies@ for adults, Robitussin® DM Max Nighttime, Emergen-C®, and ChapStick® in a variety of fun flavors. We also packed in a happy pumpkin candle to keep with our fall party theme.

Posing with the goodie bucket full of items to make you feel better and get well for back to school. He's going back to college; he'll need it!

Our party giveaway bucket included:

  • Centrum®: "New Centrum® MultiGummies® for Men and Women. So advanced, they have more Vitamin D3 than any other men’s or women’s gummy. *Among leading men’s and women’s gummy multivitamins
  • Emergen-C®  “Emerge and See. Emerge restored. Emerge replenished. “Emergen-C® is packed with B vitamins, electrolytes, more vitamin C than 10 oranges^ and other antioxidants†. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.* (^Based on the USDA.gov nutrient database value for a large, raw orange. †Zinc and Manganese *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • Chapstick® “Moisturizes and softens for smooth lips everyday.
  • Advil® Liqui-Gels® Nothing’s faster on tough pain. *Among OTC pain relievers. *Use as directed.
  • Robitussin® “It’s never just a cough™” *Use as directed.

We had tons of our homeschool friends over for a hayride and a weenie roast! It was so much fun, but most of our guests arrived after dark. We took lots of pictures, but they all turned out the same- just some lights in the night! Good thing we decorated with Tiki torches all around the party area. It was a great way to light the party in a festive way.

To prep the decorations for the party tablescape, we went with purple to liven up the fall color scheme. Purple is a great contrast to the orange pumpkins and the Centrum® MultiGummies®. Add a tabletop tiki torch for after dark and the mood is set. To keep the food safe, we set up a food table in our rec room.

Here's the goodie bucket just waiting to be won!

Before the party, hop over to Walmart and pick up all the supplies for your event. We found all of the goodies for the giveaway in the pharmacy aisles. The goodie buckets, cups, and table cloths are in the party section of the store- next to the gift bags. You can even find gourds and Indian Corn for the table decor.

Check out the Walmart pharmacy aisle for Pfizer products like Advil® Liqui-Gels®.


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Lora is a homeschooling mom, writer, creator of Kids Creative Chaos, and Director of the Play Connection.