End of the School Year Party Tips

Outdoor Lights Over a Patio

Across the metro, from Edmond to Bethany, students and teachers are preparing for summer days under the sun. The warming days of the spring season are perfect for an end of the school year party. Everywhere you look, you’ll find fun end of the school party ideas for kids. We think it’s time to host a party celebrating our teachers, administrators, and others for whom the end of the school year means a celebration of all they have accomplished in the past year. Here are some easy ideas for an end of the school year bash, grown up style.

Sit down dinner

Dining al fresco isn’t just for going out. Take a break from the kiddie games and treat your guests to a more formal affair – a sit-down dinner in the fresh air. The end of the school year means warm temperatures in Oklahoma City, so don’t plan your meal too early in day, when the sun’s rays are at their most potent.

Serving a meal outdoors can be a bit more complex than your typical backyard barbecue, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to prep and plate before and after cooking. Consider limiting your guest list to a select group of treasured friends, and enjoy an intimate evening around your outdoor table.

Lighter fare

The beginning of summer welcomes in warm weather, and too much food can weigh heavy on us. Instead of a full dinner, bring guests over for a light cocktail hour of appetizers and summery drinks. A run to the Oklahoma City Farmers Market is sure to yield a host of veggies perfect for a crudité, and this Sun-dried Tomato Hummus from Katie Johnstonbaugh at Dinin’ & Dishes is sure to be a hit. For a summery drink option, take a peek at Johnstonbaugh’s Citrus Sparkler.

Classic cook-out

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with firing up the grill, and serving your favorite combination of sausages, steaks, chicken, or fish. Cook-outs have been a staple of American gatherings for many years, and they’re an easy way bring everyone together for a good time. For a more relaxed, eclectic feel, have guests bring the meat of their choosing to put on the grill. For a more structured event, plan a menu in advance and host your guests from beginning to end.