Leaving party ideas for kids

In Expat Kids, Preparation & Planning, Preparing kids by Carole Hallett Mobbs3 Comments

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Going-away party ideas for kids

Help your children have a smooth transition to a new home with a leaving party with their friends. Saying goodbye is hardly party material. But if you’re moving with children, you can help them make a smooth transition with a fun going-away celebration.

Before you finish packing up and embarking on a long-distance move, throw a bon voyage party for your child. Choose a “moving” theme or showcase the region where you’re relocating.

Party invitations

  • Make homemade invitations that resemble moving vans or cardboard moving boxes.
  • Design a flyer-type invitation with a map that shows your current home and your new home-to-be, with arrows connecting them. You can add photos of your child and your new house.
  • Cut up an old road map into squares and glue onto the center plain sheets of paper with the invitation information. The map will serve as a frame or border for the invitation.

Going-away gifts

If you prefer to discourage gifts, specify on the invitation that in lieu of gifts, each child can bring a specific token:

  • A written piece of advice for your child for his first day at his new school
  • An empty cardboard box, decorated, for him to pack his toys

Theme food

Make the food part of the celebration of new places and new adventures.

  • If you’re moving to an area known for its regional foods, serve them at the party.
  • A rectangular cake can easily be decorated with a highway running across it and a lightweight toy truck on top. Put a sticker on the truck that says “Moving Van.”

Party fun

  • Have the children design stationery or note cards that they can take home and use to correspond with your child.
  • Play a trivia game about the new city, state or country you’re moving to.
  • Tape a large piece of poster board onto a wall and have the children write going-away messages and draw pictures. Your child can hang the poster up in his new room.
  • If you’ve already begun packing, have the children sit on the sturdier boxes (boxes full of books are good for this) instead of chairs. This is one party for which you won’t be expected to decorate!

Mementos

  • Have the kids put together pages for a scrapbook that you can put together for your child after the party.
  • Have each guest bring a photo of himself with the moving child and write a memory of something they did together.
  • At the end of the party, have your child hand out “business cards” with his new address, phone number and email address. Using a computer program as simple as Word and a color printer, you can design your own colorful, fun business cards, printed on card stock and cut out to a desired shape and size.
  • If you have a digital camera and a computer, take a picture of each party guest with your child at the party. Make quick photo prints and put stickers on the back with your child’s new contact information. Pass them out to the children before they leave.

via Going-Away Party Ideas for Kids | Suite101.

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  1. Thank you for suggesting that I should throw a party for my kid before our big move in order for him to make good memories with the friends he gained in our current neighborhood. My son has a lot of friends who come over frequently to play video games, so I’m thinking of renting a trailer where they could play with a lot of games that they don’t usually experience. I hope the kids treasure this memory for as long as they can.

  2. So many companies now let you make a photo album online. We put together books of our children with their friends as a memento of their time together. We also asked all the parents of our kids friends if they wanted a copy. We had extra ones made for those who did and put them in the party bags. They do not have to be expensive – some companies even do a discount on multiple orders.

    1. That’s a great idea 🙂 I’m smack bang in the middle of attempting to do something similar – but with words – which is why it’s taking far longer than it should. One day I’ll take the easy way to do something…

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