I am a planner and I would rather be overly planned. So in the spirit of over planning, I am already planning my students Christmas party. Let me first start by saying, I am not one of those teachers who LOVES class parties. In fact, I really dislike them, like really, really, really dislike them. And before you think I am a horrible teacher, I will say that I don’t mind doing fun things with my class and tend to do fun activities weekly that go away from the curriculum, but when the students know that is it going to be a ‘Party Day’, my little ones lose their minds and this teacher needs a cocktail.
This will be my 7th year of planning parties for my class and I have gotten the party planning down to a science and I want to talk about what I do for my Christmas Party. I am not sure where this idea came from but it really is the easiest thing EVER and we all need easy during the holiday season.
First, I will create a sign-up genius asking parents to have their child bring in items for the class party. See what I do there? I have the students bring in the items, so I don’t have visitors in my classroom the last hour of the day when things are CRAZY, right before break! Also, if you don’t know about sign-up genius by now, please google it! I use it for everything. Here is my sign-up that I will be using this year.
If you can’t tell, the theme of my Christmas Class Party is hot chocolate and sweets. I ask parents for TruMoo chocolate milk and I will put one of the gallons into my crockpot and put it on low. I don’t use the other gallon until later. The chocolate milk continues to get warm all day. Then, I set up my hot chocolate bar.
While my students are watching Polar Express, I start getting the hot chocolate ready. I line up the cups, add a peppermint stick in the cup and pour 1 part HOT chocolate from the crockpot into the cup and then 1 part cold hot chocolate to cool off the hot chocolate. When I do this, my students are able to start drinking their hot chocolate right away and don’t have to wait until it cools. I am a cheeseball and when the students are watching the Polar Express and it gets to the part where they ask the kids if they want hot chocolate, I will pause the movie and ask my students the same thing. They LOVE it and it has been something that I do every single year.
Also, for the sweets part of the party, I will put together pre-made plates and students can just grab the plate that they want. This helps with timing, they take forever to pick out a cookie and touch every single one (hello germs) and then students get one of everything.
While my students are enjoying their treats, I will start cleaning up the hot chocolate bar and sweets table. I am able to have everything cleaned up and put away before the end of the day.
I have had students from previous years tell me how much they loved this party and it was the best one. If you have any questions on how I do my class parties, leave a comment!
Lots of love,