Do you need some tips on how to plan holiday parties for your classroom? Holiday time is an especially magical time when you are working with children but can also be very stressful. In addition to your normal responsibilities, you also have to plan your classroom holiday party. How do you get a handle on everything that needs done and plan the perfect day care holiday party?
How To Plan Holiday Parties For Your Classroom
Start Planning Early
This seems very simple but is very important. Sit down with your co-teacher by at least mid September and start thinking about what needs to be done. Some questions that need answered are:
- How do you want to decorate your room?
- Where are your holiday decorations? Do you need to replace any?
- What do you want to do for your parent gift?
- If ordering from a company like Oriental Trading, how far in advance should you place your order?
- How do you want to decorate your bulletin board?
- Are you going to do a gift exchange? If so, how soon should the announcement go out?
- Are you going to play any games?
- Are you going to buy a few extra gifts in case one of your students don’t or they forget to bring their gift?
- How soon should you put up the sign up list for snacks/treats and parent volunteers?
- Are you going to send out a newsletter to parents about what you need or are you going to post it on your day care web site?
The Party Planning Phase
Once you have these questions answered, you can start working out a time line for each step. Here are some tips to help you. These will help make planning your various parties a breeze.
In September: Brainstorm
1. As soon as you know how you want to decorate your room (Winter wonderland, snowmen, Santa’s workshop, etc), make sure you locate your holiday decorations within the next week.
2. Once you locate them, make a list of any that need replaced or anything you need to buy to correlate with your classroom theme.
3. Decide on three ideas for parent gifts. If it’s going to be a craft project, make a list of the items needed. If you are ordering a project from a company such as Oriental Trading, mark in the catalog or online what you are looking at.
4. Decide how you are going to decorate your bulletin board.
5. Decide weather or not you are going to have a gift exchange and what the dollar amount for each gift should be.
6. Decide if you are going to play any games with the kids such as having each child bring an unwanted household item wrapped up in various layers of wrapping paper. To open, the kids must wear mittens or gloves.
1. Make an official decision on your parent gift and, if needed, gather supplies or order by the first week in November.
2. Start gathering what you will need to decorate your bulletin board.
3. If you are doing a gift exchange and want a few extra gifts on hand, start buying them. (For example, a few extra books for a book exchange.)
4. Therefore, start writing a rough draft of your newsletter for parents so you don’t forget to include anything.
1. Buy/replace decorations.
2. If needed, order the kits to make your parent gift.
3. Have your holiday bulletin board up by the last week of November.
4. Have your parent newsletter finalized, printed, and in cubbies by the third week of November.
5. Wrap your ‘extra’ gift exchange presents. (Preferably during nap time.)
Putting It All Together
December: Enjoy less stress
1. Hang up your sign up list for snacks/treats/volunteers.
2. Have your parent gifts made by the second week of December.
3. Decorate your classroom.
4. The week before the party, consult the list in your classroom and see if you need to buy anything not signed up for. (Juice boxes, plates, napkins, etc.)
5. Enjoy your party.
These tips for planning the perfect day care holiday party will make your planning process much easier. Although I was thinking of Christmas specifically, you can adapt the time frame for planning various parties throughout the year.
If you take the time to plan ahead and do a few things each month, you are bound to have a less stressed, magical holiday party with your students.