My children are having a back to school party, they are each allowed 5 friends. I have 2 ten year olds, one twelve year old and one fifteen year old, could you help with some ideas, decorating, food, activities because all different ages.
I think "party" is the word you should focus on. Remember that these kids are old enough to know what school is like, and probably won't consider a too "realistic" school theme to be much fun.
Do give them school stuff, but not the ordinary stuff. Get brightly colored pencils with glitter on them (instead of the plain yellow ones), pencils, rubbers, pencil sharpeners, pens, pen cases, note books, etc etc, with funny shapes, even scented gel pens (I know you can't actually bring those to school, but they're fun, and that's what parties are about). I once bought some nice "secret message pens" with UV lamps at Dollar$tore (yes, they spell it that way).
The party could have the form of a "day" with a series of "lectures" in different subjects.
Why not give away novels, and have a "literary" school party, maybe with a Hogwarts theme... Maybe include showing a filmed version of some classic book (but pick a good one! maybe something a bit older, that they haven't all already seen, Harry Potter is nice, but I bet these kids already know those films by heart...). As a Swede, Astrid Lindgren is a name that comes to mind.
Subjects like History, Geography or Biology could also become "lectures" in the form of films.
Gym class = disco, maybe with a dance lecture at the start (if you know somebody who is good at that). (last part of party)
(That subject where you learn how to cook, whatever it's called in English) could be a lesson in how to make a cake and cookies, etc for the party itself... (first part of party)
Math is a wonderful subject, where you could do creative things on themes such as M.C. Escher, fractals, or a treasure hunt ("This wall is the x axis, that wall is the y axis, a unit is this long, and the candy is hidden at the coordinates 21.3, 7.4...."). Possible gifts could include a sudoku book.
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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.