A Peek at the Fun: If you want to celebrate the end of another school year with the kids, this School’s Out Summer Party is fun, simple and can be thrown in your own backyard. We’ve got food ideas, summer party decorations, activities, and invitations!
Summertime!! It’s something we both love! We love being with our boys, spending time at the pool, lazy afternoons, summer treats, warm weather, backyard BBQs, the list could go on. And on and on.
As summer approached this year we decided to celebrate with a great big School’s Out Party! This Splash into Summer Party for our kids and their friends on the last day of school was a huge hit! We invited everyone over and had candy, food, water games, fun drinks and a great time to officially kick off summer break.
Even though it ended up being a little bit chilly that day (lame!), the kids had an absolute blast and didn’t even mind getting wet. This summer party was perfect to kick off summer break!
Here’s a peek at some of the fun we planned for our Splash into Summer School’s Out Party and ideas for you to use to throw your own.
School’s Out Splash Into Summer Party:
Summer Party Invitations:
We started out by inviting everyone over with cute summer party invitations and water guns. We just tied the cute little invitations to the water guns (you can grab cheap ones from the dollar store). It’s a fun twist on a regular invitation that will get the kids excited and it’s super simple to do! You can download and customize these invitations for your party here.
Grab these: Summer Party Invitations
Splash into Summer Party Invitations & Printables:
To use these you will just need to right-click the image and save it to your computer. Then open in a program like Word or Pages and size to whatever size you prefer and print. Or, we’ve got PDFs with some of the images ready to go.
Pick and choose what you want to use.
Here’s a sample of what the invitation will look like when you add text to it. (The font I used for the additional text in this is Sorry Not Sorry Chub which you can download free at dafont.com. Or use any font you want!)
Here’s the blank one for your to customize. Don’t know how to customize your own? We’ll walk you through it here.
Summer Party Decorations:
Our goal was to make this school’s out party bright, colorful, cheerful and fun. We started with a fun Balloon Backdrop just to give it a huge pop of color.
The balloon backdrop was fun to make and turned out so cute! Want to make one for your own party? We have a tutorial here: Tutorial for Balloon Backdrop
On our table we decorated with candy (because really, what kid doesn’t want candy at a party!):
Lots of candy!
Lots and lots of candy!
We also have some fun signs and posters for you.
(Here’s your PDF that has three of them ready, or right click and save to your computer, then you can open and customize.) The font I used, if you want to use the same is KG Summer Storm.
Splash Into Summer Party Labels
Or you can create your own. Here are some blank ones. If you need help with adding your own text, here’s a tutorial for you.
Summer Party Favors:
We had cute little bags and boxes for the kids to fill with a variety of candy. If you prefer you can have the bags or boxes already filled and just have a cute little tag on them to use as party favors:
Cute tags you can use for favors:
Have a Great Summer Favor Tags
Summer Party Food:
Our kids had just a short day of school for the last day, so we wanted to feed them at this school’s out party. We thought it would be fun to create little box lunches for the kids-they are fun and functional!
We created a cute little box for the bottom from bright colored cardstock and a cardboard bottom, then filled them with a sandwich, bag of chips, water bottle (with a cute printable wrapper which you can grab here) and a squirt gun and fun straw.
Summer Party Drink Station for Kids:
We also wanted part of the party to involve letting the kids create their own fun, summery mixed drinks. (Mostly because we think drink stations are fun! And our kids LOVE making their own drinks.)
You could use these for a kids party of any sort-something summery, a birthday party, or just to have a fun day with the kids! All you need is a bunch of fun drink stuff for the kids to mix however they want. To make it extra fun we added lots of bright colors and fun straws and balloons and tons of fun!
We made a full party spread of sodas, juices, flavors and even Pop Rocks for them to have fun creating!
Kid’s Drink Party Ideas:
Here are some ideas of things to gather to throw your party:
- Hawaiian Punch
- Pop Rocks Candy
- Drink Mix In Flavorings (we got ours from a restaurant supply store. Grocery stores have some too.)
- Peach Rings
Get creative! You can bring in anything that works for you!
Then let the kids mix what they want! They will probably get a little crazy!
Fun Punch Recipes for Kids:
Here’s a free printable menu that you can use to give the kids some ideas of what drinks to mix at this School’s Out Party. (Just right click and save, then print. Or here’s a PDF with it ready for you.
Print This: Kids Drink Party Menu
Or here’s a blank one if you want to customize it yourself:
School’s Out Summer Party Activities:
We also threw some colorful and fun toys on the table-water guns, bubble wands, sidewalk chalk, and silly string so the kids could have fun just playing in the yard.
When the kids showed up we just let them have fun!
Silly string to celebrate summer:
They played a little volleyball:
Played with water guns and really, just had a blast!
The moms did their own fair share of candy eating and sat in the sun. It was a great day. We were thrilled with the party, the kids were thrilled with the party and we were all thrilled to celebrate summer!
Summer Party Printables:
Here are a couple more things you can use to decorate and throw your party.
Another cute sign:
Need some name labels for party favors or their drinks or signs or anything else at the party?
Splash Into Summer Small Labels
And how about some cute water bottle labels? These will work for full size or mini water bottles.
Here’s a PDF file with 4 water bottle labels per page that you can print.
Splash Into Summer Party Water Bottle Labels
And finally, here’s a little help with your shopping:
Party Supplies Shopping List:
- Candy Scoops
- Candy Favor Containers
- Silly String
- Bubble Wands-Dollar Store
- Candy-Grocery Store
- Silly Straws
- Candy Bowls-Zurchers
Have FUN throwing this School’s Out Party for your kids!
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what a wonderful site!!! I live in London and you have sparked off many ideas for me to have fun with my little two year old granddaughter..now..and as she grows!..thank you!!!!!!
E'star Brown says
This is the best party idea, with detailed directions and provided the things needed to complete the project! Thank you!
Amber & Danetta says
We hope you had a blast!