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Winter Classroom Party Planning

5 Tips for Organizing a Fun Holiday Class Party

Are you in charge of planning your child's holiday classroom party? SignUp is here to help you host a stress-free, fun event for all! Use these five tried and true classroom holiday party tips to plan the perfect class celebration.


1. Talk to the teacher.

Contact the teacher to find out the pertinent details. What is the timeframe for your party (including set up and clean up)? Are there any theme/decorating restrictions? Be sure to ask if any of the kids have food allergies or dietary preferences, and if there are specific things the teacher would like to see that will help reinforce classroom curriculum. For example, if the class is learning about global holiday traditions, are there ways the menu and crafts can support that? Your teacher can fill you in on any special needs of the kids too, such as disabilities that might influence which activities you choose.


2. Stay on track with SignUp's class party checklist.

The devil is in the details – use our holiday class party checklist to make sure you don't miss any important planning steps or needed supplies.


3. Get on people’s schedules NOW!

Eliminate endless email threads and telephone tag by having your participants sign up in one easy place for free. SignUp allows you to organize your volunteers, donations, decorations, and menu all with a few clicks of a mouse. Create a free, online class party SignUp and send it out via the class newsletter or social media. Once your participants sign up to bring items or volunteer (no registration required!), they’ll receive real-time eCalendar syncing and automated reminders to ensure follow-through on commitments made.



4. Mix it up this year.

Instead of the same old candy cane reindeer craft, this year try something new.  Try these simple and beautiful Finnish Paper Stars. If those are too advanced for your age group, use pipe-cleaners to make snowflakes and then have the kids string beads on them in a pattern of their choosing! Pinterest has a wealth of ideas for crafts for every age group, and great suggestions for holiday party menus, too.

Pro Tip: Plan for extra attendees including volunteers, siblings, and the teacher (for snacks, crafts, and activities) so that everyone feels included and welcomed. Have an alternative in case the activity planned proves unworkable or finishes early.


5. Don’t forget the teacher! 

Take up a collection from among the other class parents and chip in for a gift card or a class gift to thank your teacher for his or her hard work throughout the year. Since teachers often subsidize class budgets with their own money, this is a good way to acknowledge their sacrifice, while giving a little back at a time when everyone’s expenses run higher. Be sure to check with your school administration to make sure your gift is aligned with school policy. 

Pro Tip: Use SignUp to collect funds electronically!


Have a blast and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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