Funky Christmas Jumpers' Top 7 Tips for Hosting a Classroom Christmas Party
We've gathered together the best of the best for your football-themed Christmas party this year. The best tips, tricks, crafts, and websites for you to be sure you're hosting the most memorable party any of your students have been to! Without further ado, here are our top 7 picks. Can't get enough Christmas ideas? Head on over to our Pinterest for loads more!
1. Decorate Your Door
2. Find or Make A Jumper
3. Decorate Your Classroom
4. Make Some Awesome Christmas Themed Food
5. Plan Fun Activites to Entertain
- Christmas Booth: Festive Photo Fun (free)
- Christmas Photo Booth - Xmas Holiday Face Effects (free)
- Pocketbooth ($1)
6. Have A Gift Exchange
7. Reward the Best Outfit
Before you get anything else done, get everyone's attention with a fun decorated door. There are plenty of ideas out there for things you can put together or even that you can make with your whole class. Check out some our favourites below:
Next is the make or break. You are the host, after all, so you have to make sure that you have a great outfit! There are plenty options out there both if you want to make a jumper yourself or if you want to buy one.
The door may be decorated but don't forget about the inside. Add festive decorations that you can make with the students!
You'll need at least a few nibbles and drinks for your students. Keep it simple, or go all out!
Let's get to the best part. Dessert. Go crazy with mince pies, cakes (or cupcakes), and more! Again, you can serve them in both Christmas and football themes. And don't forget about the gingerbread men! They're a Christmas classic that you can't skip.
Set up a few really fun games that you can play with everyone. Whether you've gathered all of your family together for the party or just your friends, these will be a blast! You can step up your charades game, play gift swap games, play conversation-starter games, or even get really hands on in the minute to win it games! You can play with as many or as few people as you'd like, and choose the difficulty level that suits your needs. These games are sure to get everyone together and laughing.
Maybe you don't want to play games. Or maybe you do, but you want an extra something to entertain everyone. Set up a photobooth and let everyone capture silly photos of themselves! It's a whole lot of fun to take the photos with different backdrops and props. After, the students will have cute photos to take home or put up around the classroom!
You can take the photos on an iPad with one of the following apps:
You can also use a digital camera to take higher quality photos. Here are some tutorials on how to set up a photbooth with a DSLR.
One of the best things to do at any Christmas party is to have a gift exchange. There are lots of different kinds with different price ranges, themes, and rules. Look for gifts on Ebay, your nearest pound store, or a charity shop. Or, have students bring something from home that they already have, but don't want anymore. It can be a good way for kids to go through their toys and decide which ones they've outgrown, and give them a new home. A last option is to have the kids all make something to give. It can either be an in-class project or a homework assignment. Here are some ideas for different gift exchange games:
By the end of the night, you and your students are bound to have noticed one jumper or a whole outfit that's particularly spectacular. Be sure to reward the creative guest's efforts with an award. You can put as much or as little effort into these as you want. Add a small gift along with the reward, hand out awards that are catered to the particular winners, or make 3 awards for the top 3 jumpers. You could always make your own, but you can also find quite a few options on sites like Etsy! Here are a few ideas to get you started.
If a lot of your students aren't wearing Christmas jumpers, you could also award the best craft, the best outfit in general, or the best participation. It's all up to you and your party!