Please, let me help!
I've been the coordinator for our homeschool group's All Saints Day party for several years now and have fine-tuned our party plans to work wonderfully within a 2-3 hour time slot - from set up to clean up, with an hour to two hours of actual party time pending the year, number of participants, and location.
(Last year - when all the pictures in the post were taken, we had a small group, so we enjoyed the entire party in one hour. Some years, we have had larger groups, so have stretched to three hours. One year, my crew and I missed the big party due to illness and did a small one with just a few friends and that took about two hours.)
Pre-Party Planning and Preparation
The first thing I do each year is ask one or two dependable friends what day and time they are available for the party and, that settled, ask a local parish or friend with a large home for use of a space.
Date, time, and location settled, I, then, put word out in our Facebook group to see who would like to join our party and to ask every family coming to do one or more of these things:
- dress as saints.
- bring saint-themed snacks or drinks (or tablecloths, disposable cups, paper plates, etc.).
- bring prizes (saint cards, like-new books and toys to pass along, anything but candy - but you can do candy if you like).
- bring art supplies for our St. Luke's Studio table (where kids use scissors, paper, glue, stickers, markers, etc. to make hank you cards for whoever let us use their space and create notes and cards for others, too).
- prepare a saint-related game or activity.
Once everyone has volunteered to bring snacks, prizes, art supplies, and/or games/activities, I see what we might still need and either bring it myself or ask others to do so. I, then, plug everyone into jobs on an agenda, which I send out to everyone. (See a sample here.)
Finally, the week before the party, I send out a reminder, check in to see if anyone needs anything, and gather all the supplies I am responsible for bringing.
(This year, I may use Perfect Potluck to help with planning instead of just using Facebook messages.)
A Word About Game/Activity Choices
In one corner, I set up a "little ones" area. This area typically has Lincoln Logs, blocks, and Duplos, so children can Build like Saint Joseph or Build a Church Like St. Francis of Assisi.
I typically plan to have 8-15 game and activity stations.
Then, I aim to have a variety of games and activities that encourage physical skill, sensory input, or creative problem solving.
|Find them here.|
Of course, I also welcome whatever games and activities other families wish to prepare and run.