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Cheap Back to School Party Ideas


Throwing a Back to School party but don’t have a huge budget or tons of time? You’ll love these simple back to school party ideas that can be found cheaply and even around your house!



Simple Back to School Party

Wouldn’t you agree that throwing dinner parties can be A LOT of work? Especially if you are the chef, set-up crew, decorator, photographer, entertainer, and clean-up crew? And that doesn’t count if you have little ones running around all while trying to do it all.

20 Minutes Is All You Need

I’ve tried a new little rule for myself when it comes to dinner parties. This doesn’t apply to ALL parties, but I think it’s a good rule to aim for. On some recent parties I’ve thrown lately, I have only allowed myself 20 minutes to set up and decorate for the dinner party. (This rule doesn’t apply to food preparation.)

With this time restraint, there obviously can’t be elaborate decorations or be able to have every single detail perfect. But that’s okay. Because this is real life and sometimes there just isn’t time for perfection. However, that doesn’t mean that we still can’t be festive.

Back to School Party Decoration Ideas

The dollar store is probably my favorite place to grab party supplies! I’m not usually one for cheesy decorations, but you can always find some basic party supplies that will be perfect for your back to school party.

Here’s what I’m talking about: 


Pick up a pack of cheap flash cards and make a back to school banner. Chances are you already have string and clips at home to assemble your banner.

Back to School Favor Bags

New school supplies are always a favorite, so why not package them up cute and set them out as favors? Grab some cute paper bags (I used these ones) and fill them with new crayons, markers, note pads, etc.

For the place cards, use a new pencil. Wrap a piece of masking tape around and trim off the edges. Write the names on it.


Back to School Party Centerpieces

Pull out a mason jar and fill with freshly sharpened colored pencils. Also, pick up a vase of sunflowers or find a random patch on the side of the road and cut your own!


Look around for some lined paper napkins or fold a piece of paper to add an accent to your place settings.

Back to School Dinner

Where to Get Cheap Back to School Party decorations 

  • Flashcards: Dollar Tree
  • Sunflowers: picked fresh on our road
  • Notebook napkins: Target Dollar Spot
  • red chevron paper bags: Amazon

Other Back to School Party Ideas

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Melissa loves simply celebrating life through holidays, travel, photography, and the simple moments at home. Her best friend Brandon and her are raising their 4 adorable little ones just north of Salt Lake City, UT. Sunshine, gelato, a good run, planning a trip, and an organized house make her really happy. She loves sharing simple ideas to inspire everyone to celebrate life. Simply.

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  1. Savannah August 28, 2013

    So cute! And perfectly simple. Thanks for telling us where you found the supplies, too!


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