I can’t believe how quickly this school year has gone with the two kids in school it just seems to fly by and we really live for the weekends but as it approaches I want to make sure that as the kids will be leaving this school as well we celebrated finishing the school year with a bit of a bang so I’m letting you in on the plans ahead of schedule with our End of School Year Party.

End of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve

I love Pinterest don’t get me wrong it’s fantastic to search through all the ideas and once you start looking at parties the parties that I throw at home are put to shame by the ones that I pin and aspire to one day through, however, your kids won’t know any difference and this party is just full of fun which is what they will remember more than whether the napkins were folded in such a way or the decorations had taken you hours to prepare. This is a throw together in an afternoon party.

End of School Year Party Decorations

It’s becoming more common in the UK that at the end of school year kids have a graduation to the next year especially if they are switching key stages, and speaking with my nephew it seems that they are common in the states as well – not like when I was growing up when graduation was reserved for university. However, it does make creating decorations easy. Simple graduation hats, balloons using Balloon Time Standard HeliumĀ Tank there is enough Balloons for all the party guests to go home with their own graduation balloon’s at the end of the party as well as provide decorations making it fun for the kids as well.

Materials need for End of School Year Balloon Decorations

Standard Helium Tank from Balloon Time

Permanent Marker

Making your End of School Year Balloon Decorations

The Helium balloons are really easy to fill up – just switch the tank on following the clear instructions on the tank.

End of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve

Attach the balloon to the nozzle and inflate

End of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve

Tie the balloon in a knot and then store – they are helium so don’t do this outside wait till you have everything prepared and then take outside.

Using a permanent marker add the end of school year date or if you want and the kids are leaving to join a new school then add in the “Class of” and the year that they will all graduate high school.

End of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve

Materials Needed to make Simple Graduation Hats for Decorations

Card stock – we used grey

Pencil

Ruler

Scissors

Sticky Tape

Ribbon

How to make your Simple Graduation Hats for Decorations

  1. Start off with a piece of card stock – measure along the shortest edgeEnd of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve
  2. Now mark this on both long edgesEnd of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve
  3. Join up your marks
  4. Cut to make a square
  5. Cut a 5 cm long strip from another piece of cardEnd of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve
  6. Bend the card about 2cm in and then cut along to make a frayed edge – this will make it easier to bend
  7. Bend the strip with the frayed edge to form a circle with the frayed edge facing in and then sticky tape the edges togetherEnd of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve
  8. Stick the frayed edges to the underside of the hatEnd of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve
  9. Cut a length of ribbon slightly longer than half the hat width
  10. In one end cut a v shapeEnd of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve
  11. The other end use sticky tape and attach to the hatEnd of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve
  12. Flip the ribbon to the side and you have a simple graduation hat decoration for the party

End of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve

Game Suggestion

End of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve

This was so much fun last year – the kids are still talking about it. Notice the washing up bowl well shhhhh but that is filled with water balloons – I tried to do one colour for each person but in the end I gave up and just filled up a washing up bowl of water balloons for each person coming. I made it clear that the kids would get wet – in fact there was also water pistols hidden in those washing up bowls as well ready for action – and suggested that they bring their swim gear. Once everyone arrived and got changed we let fire… me included what a fun end of year.

End of School Year Party Ideas with simple DIY decorations and suggestions for fun games and food to serve

More suggestions for End of Year Party Fun for Kids

Make sure that with any party food you serve you cover allergies – Kara from Kara Carrero has some great tips on throwing an allergy free party for the end of the school year.

The East Coast Mummy has some ideas for Treats that you could gives as favours at the party that are easy to put together and ideal to share with the classmates invited.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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