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Theme ideas - Back to School

Last year I planned an association meeting with a back-to-school theme. You can use elements of this if you're doing a philanthropic event that benefits education, or if the setting for your meeting happens to be at a school, or if it takes place in early September.

This particular meeting happened mid-day, and members were expecting some sort of light snack. Sticking with the theme, I created the following:

Personalized snack bags for each attendant

Each bag had a selection from the above.

These bags got a great reaction, and trading did in fact happen! It was completely cheap and easy to create - just some lunch bags, sharpie pens, and some snacks from CostCo. I think it ended up being about $3-$4 per bag. The signs were made with an apple border that came bundled with MS Office, and Kristen ITC font.

Other elements to consider:

Create a Welcome sign on a portable chalkboard
Offer crayons, colored pencils, and butcher-block paper for brainstorming sessions
Seat everyone on those really tiny plastic molded chairs (KIDDING! Guests should always be comfortable, and I know my rear has outgrown those chairs!)

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Reader Comments (5)

What a fantastic idea! I bet this would go over well for PTA meetings.

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

Love the idea! Can't wait to hear about more ideas you have for themes!

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Thanks Kathleen and Jamie! More themes are forthcoming.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

"tiny plastic molded chairs'... too funny!! I love this idea! There are a number of school gatherings where this theme would be perfect!! -Steph

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPear Tree Greetings

Thanks, Steph!

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