Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: Monday Made It: Open House Gifts and Back to School Party

Monday Made It: Open House Gifts and Back to School Party

Today is my open house! We are a semi year round school so our summers are a bit short. Today I meet my new students and their parents. They will bring supplies and fill out paperwork. I wanted to have a small gift for my new students. I was adamant that it NOT be candy and I wanted it to match my sports theme classroom. I like to call our open house, a Kick Off Party. I decided to put together goodie bags with a muffin, juice box, playing cards and directions for a math game.

I wrapped the juice boxes in brown construction paper and then used a white out roller to make the football lace lines. So simple!

I baked blueberry muffins and put them in clear plastic cups. The cups will keep them from getting squished. I also put a football pick in the top of each one. I found the picks at Party City.

I purchased playing cards from Dollar Tree. You get two sets for a dollar and I had a 10% off coupon from their website.

I designed a small card with directions for playing Addition War. I printed, laminated and attached it to the front of the card pack with a glue dot.

I thought that Addition War would be perfect practice for a beginning of the year third grader. I plan to teach them Multiplication War later in the year and they will have cards at home already! You can print my game direction cards for FREE by clicking HERE.

These are the three goodies my students will receive.

I got some football goodie bags at Party City and made a bag for each kiddo.

I am ready for open house! I will blog more about it later this week.

Friday was my birthday. I was in meetings and training all day. I didn't want to make a big to do about my birthday with my coworkers. Instead, I invited them all over to my house for a Back to School Teacher Bash! I invited them through Facebook, so the invite is a banner for the Facebook event invitation.

Did you catch the ABC? I thought I was so clever. Not sure anyone else did though! The apples, by the way, referred to apple martinis! 

The party decor was all school themed and all purchased at the Target Dollar Spot.

My husband was sweet enough to make all of the food while we were at school! He barbecued burgers, made macaroni salad, fruit salad and baked beans. He also baked these adorable cupcakes and frosted them like apples!

I love the clips and chalk board tags from Target. I used them to label all the food. Just in case someone could not figure out that this was a basket of chips.

A party just isn't a party without a game and prizes!

My coworkers loved the classroom decor, Starbucks gift card, TpT gift card and reams of copy paper. We are such simple folk!

I wish I had remembered to take pictures of us during the party, but I guess I was too busy enjoying myself! It was fun to have time to just talk and let our kids play in the pool. I think this will become a new tradition. 

Anyone else in full back to school mode yet?


  1. You are wonder woman! Good luck with your open house! I can't wait to see and hear how it went! Your students and coworkers are lucky to get to work with you... and how awesome to have such a helpful hubby! Points to him and his cupcake skills! Like they say- real men marry teachers. :)
    Tales of a Tenacious Teacher

  2. Love your open house and party ideas!! Thanks for sharing photos! :)

  3. Love your open house and party ideas!! Thanks for sharing photos! :)

  4. Wow, this is wonderful! I wish we had a back to school night before the kids started back. I think it would be fun to get a little glimpse at your class before it becomes stressful. I love all your football themed items. So cute! Thanks for the ideas.
    The Moving Teacher

  5. Love your back to school gift idea! I think I may have to do something similar in my sports themed classroom (:

  6. Such cute ideas!! You are so talented!

  7. You are too sweet. Love the back to school goodies and all the cute target items. Hope you have a good month back.

  8. What a fun party! I love that you used so many dollar spot finds for decoration! :)

  9. What an incredible made it!!! I wanna be in your class...your open house looks fab!!!! Thank you for linking up all your fun!!!! Great ideas!!!!
    4th Grade Frolics

  10. LOVE all your things. I bet your open house will be wonderful!
    PJ Jots

  11. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Absolutely love your sports theme! So so cute!! You are so creative.

    Mrs. Crouse @ Mrs. Crouse's Teaching Adventures

  13. Love both the school themed party and the football themed open house! You must be so organized! You've inspired me to think about throwing a party.

    My Bright Blue House