The Do's and Don'ts for Planning a Classroom Party

by Kim Demmon
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Party Planning

If you've got a little one in elementary school, you've experienced the classroom party! Just the words "classroom party" may send shivers up your spine, because if not planned properly, it's where moms are scared and kids are wild. Being a veteran classroom mom, I'm here to share the most important do's & don'ts of planning the perfect classroom party. I've also asked a few of my "mom hero" friends. Not only will your child's teacher thank you, but you'll be building valuable school memories for everyone.



  • Get the teacher's input. Find out what has worked in the past, what their expectations/restrictions are and if they have their own list of do's and don'ts.
  • Form a committee. I'm sure you're capable of organizing a party on your own, but it's never a bad idea to involve other moms who are interested in helping. In fact, it's probably necessary. Meet up a couple of times to make sure everyone is clear on their responsibilities (this sign-up sheet is a lifesaver).
  • Be sensitive to multi-cultural and religious needs. A child or family shouldn't feel uncomfortable or excluded because the majority is OK with having a holiday party.
  • Plan that some people will forget, so send reminders (they will still forget).
  • Have an emergency party-supply kit. Include serving utensils, paper products and tableware. Leave it in the classroom so you are always prepared.
  • Plan a start and end time.
  • Decide if you need decorations. Who is responsible for what?
  • Plan EVERY detail so the teacher feels she can enjoy the party, too!
  • Choose a photographer. You're going to want photos!


  • Show up to the party and not expect to help out. 
  • Fail to follow up on agreed tasks
  • Flake-out if someone is relying on you. If you have an assigned duty, have a back-up plan in case your child is sick and you can't attend.


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