For back to school, I'm letting my 3 daughters have a party. It will be during the day. They are each allowed to invite 4 friends. The invitation will be written on the back of a school map (my two older daughters will be attending middle school, but the youngest is in Elementary school, so I'll need 2 different school maps).
On the invitation, we are asking the guests to bring their top 3 choices of what they might wear for the first day of school. When the guests arrive, they will change into their outfits, model them, change in to their 2nd outfit, model it, and then their 3rd outfit. My oldest daughter has been stressing about what to wear for the first day of 7th grade, so this should help her and everyone else decide what to wear, since they'll have feedback from friends.
Then, I will put names of teachers (from both the middle school and elementary school) on each door in the house. All the doors will be closed so it's easier to see the names taped on the doors. Everyone will be given a "schedule" and then the "bell" will ring. The guests have about 30 seconds to find the door that has the name of their "first period teacher's name on it. Then they have to find their "next class" and so on.
This party will be during the day, and we will have lunch during the party. For lunch, it will be like in a cafeteria, where everyone goes down the line and picks out what they eat.
After lunch, there will be a scavenger hunt for things on the school supply list! I will use the kids' real school supply list. The things they need (such as glue, scissors, box of pencils, etc.) will be marked with a sticker because they might pick up a pencil that wasn't supposed to be part of the hunt!
The next game is more for my middle school kids, but maybe my daughter in elementary school and her friends will want to play along. There is a box of dress up clothes. You will also need a student handbook for this game. One person dresses up and has to walk around in it for 30 seconds or so. That person is the student. Everyone else will be teachers, principals, etc. and have to look in the student handbook to see if the "student" is out of dress code. If they find nothing wrong with the outfit or can't find the rule against it in 30 seconds, the "student" gets a prize.
This should be very fun. I hope this helps you!