12 School Party Ideas for Any Budget

School should be a space where students' needs are holistically addressed. And what better way than an energetic school party?
By 
Charmaine Williams
 | 
May 17, 2022

It’s time to party!

Long gone are the days when two slices of pizza and a VHS playing on a tv cart would suffice for the mundane intricacies of school. It used to be enough to just go outside for 30 minutes and then head back in to finish instruction. 

With the influx of technology, social and emotional needs, students need tangible incentives to come to school, to thrive, and be rewarded for just simply being a kid. 

While I understand that some would argue students should only be rewarded with school parties if they have met a certain reading score, maintained perfect attendance, blown a math test out of the water, or even managed to be the “model” student… 

Presenting students with opportunities to “let their hair down” and enjoy leisure unattached to anything other than that, incentivizes them to come to school, which inherently decreases absenteeism and increases student classroom engagement. 

It is important for students to be cognizant of the ability to enjoy school and not attach school to just work, grades, and test scores. 

This attitude truly dampens the overall school experience. School should be a space where the students' needs are holistically addressed. And what better way than an energetic school party?

School Party Ideas

1. Glow Party

Glow sticks galore with a nice playlist while surrounded by darkness and a starry ceiling… with glow stick necklaces, bracelets, mouthpieces, halos, and more! 

Of course, you must have a glow stick dance competition to top off this already fun and exciting intentionally illustrious illumination! 

2. Decades Party

Get to digging through those attics, garages, sheds, and deep back in your parents’ closets. Because it’s time to party with a blast from the past!  Imagine seeing students gather in outfits like those from the Roaring 30s, Fabulous 50s, Soulful 70s, and nostalgic 90s. 

There must be a playlist with music reflecting each era making students do some research to make this happen. It’s a self-motivated history lesson while making unforgettable history themselves!

3. Anime Themed Party

Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and Tokyo Revengers just to name a few! It’s time to get the gear, look the part, and transform your school into a local Cosplay convention! Who doesn’t want to dress as their favorite Anime character? 

Anime is one of the biggest and fastest-growing entertainment industries in the world. This is another way for students to express themselves and share their love of anime! 

4. A Cookout – Old School Style

Bring out the grills, chilled sodas, and hamburgers! Hire a DJ and play some old-time hits along with a nice game of kickball in the schoolyard.

Of course, you can have the classic hot dogs and hamburgers but having a small cookoff with students would really take things to the next level. 

Go ahead and have a hot dog and pie-eating contest as well. Every good cookout has games and even better desserts. 

5. Silent Disco

Give everyone headphones and let them play their favorite music and dance the night away, silently. Students can use a valuable item, like house keys, as collateral to ensure they return the borrowed headphone equipment. 

Ultimately, the focus is a new, growing trend of fun and unique ways to party. A simple radio transmitter with multiple wireless headphones hooked to it will do the job. 

6. The Domino Effect

Students can only gain entrance by wearing the colors black and/or white. Decor to match the theme all while allowing students to see how creative they can be by only using two colors.

7. The A-List

Imagine putting your students putting on their very best business casual attire, mimicking a networking social, while the sounds of a live band playing in the back give students the optimal time to mix and mingle! 

Think of this as your school's version of the Met Gala. You literally can roll out the red carpet. Have red carpet interviews and a best-dressed competition. Make it a fundraiser by hiring a professional photographer and charging students a reasonable price for receiving their amazing photos. 

8. Meme Party

Each person will dress as their favorite meme (the crying Michael Jordan meme or the Red Cup meme). They will automatically know and understand each other’s choices based upon their cultural and social similarities. Have everyone vote on the best meme recreation. 

9. Food-Themed Party

Who doesn’t enjoy great-tasting food? Students would have the opportunity to dress in their favorite food but in the most stylish way possible. Best costume wins!

10. Awards Show Afterparty

If you ask celebrities the fun is never at the award shows. It’s at the after-party! Students can dress up as their favorite celebs and even have funny interview sessions planned for this star-studded student event. 

11. The Love Soiree

Love is in the air! Maybe a gala, banquet, or simple dinner makes for a safe alternative to the very anticipated Valentine’s Day. Letters and Love Songs could be the theme where you pre-approve students' poems, writings, and songs to provide entertainment and appropriate  expressions of love for self and others.

12. Kickback Vibes

This is for the chill and super relaxed crowd. There are students whose vibe is not all over the place and would rather a nice and cozy space where they can not be overstimulated. Couches, pillows, floor cushions, dim light, calm music, and lite refreshments will set the right vibe. 

Poetry readings, small skits, and a live band are the perfect ways to turn any space into the right kickback party. Host it in the library, drama room, or any carpeted space.

Your School’s Turn

School does not have to be all work and no play! In the same regard as adults, we need time to unwind and recalibrate so that we can continue to be our best selves! Our students need those same opportunities to let their hair down and be kids!

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Charmaine Williams
 

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