School Christmas Parties on a Budget

This is my first year a room parent chair. My first major responsibility of the year happened today, the class Christmas party. I’ve gotta say even though I was stressed about it and worried I wouldn’t have enough for the kids to do it went perfectly. And best of all I managed to have the party with very little money out of my pocket (this is mainly thanks to the extraordinary amount of help from the other parents in the class). I was so busy playing with the kids that I’m sad to say I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures. But I will share with you all what I did to make our party a success and where I got my ideas.

Our class played 3 games: present toss, snowball scooping and opening presents while wearing mittens. These 3 games were a HUGE hit, especially the snowball and opening presents game and they were super cheap!

Present toss:


school christmas party

Items needed:

1 large box (I got mine free by going to Target early one morning and grabbing a box while they were stocking the shelves.)

4 or 5 smaller boxes

Wrapping paper

Red spray paint

White electric tape

All I did for this game camera reviews 2018 is spray paint the large box red. After the box dried I added white electrical tape around the box to make the box look like a chimney. Then I just wrapped 5 smaller boxes for the kids to toss into the chimney. Super easy and cheap to make since I already had the wrapping paper it cost me around $6 for the spray paint and electrical tape.

Snowball Scooping:

Items needed:

2 bowls

1 spoon

Cotton balls

Something to use as a blindfold

This game was super easy, cheap and hilarious. I filled one bowl with cotton balls and had an empty bowl right next to it. I blindfolded the kids and had them try to scoop the snowballs (cotton balls) from one bowl to the other. Since the cotton balls are so light they couldn’t tell if they were getting any or not so they got a good laugh at watching each other attempting to scoop these cotton balls.  I only spent $1 on the cotton balls for this game and used a scarf as the blindfold to keep with the winter theme.

Present opening with mittens:

Items needed:

Small boxes

Small gifts (The $1 section in Target is the perfect place for these gifts. Can you tell I’m a Target addict?)

Wrapping paper


Blindfold (for younger kids preK-Kindergarten the blindfold might not be necessary)

I wrapped a small present for each kid in the class. I had the kids wear mittens and a blindfold while they unwrapped their presents. I had originally planned to just have them wear mittens. Luckily I tested this on my daughter (who is 8) at home and she was able to tear right through the present so I decided I needed to blind fold the kids to add a little challenge. The kids loved the chance to open presents and got a good laugh at the challenge I gave them. This was the most expensive game since I paid for the gifts. I spent around $10 on the gifts.


19 thoughts on “School Christmas Parties on a Budget”

  1. Mystic_Kitchen – United States – SAHM of three teens.. Owner/Creator of The Mystic Kitchen; Recipes, Crafts, Tutorials, Digital Scrapbooking, Health, Home Decor, Relationships, Holidays, Natural Healing, Fibromyalgia, Coupons, Monetize your Blog, Great Deals, Tips&Ideas, Giveaways, Freebies & much more!

    What a Brilliant idea! thanks for sharing~

  2. bismah2010 – Oman – Stay at home mom of two toddler boys

    Sounds like lots of fun!!! I love the idea of opening presents with mittens. Would be a thrill to watch the kids work through that one. Such great ideas for saving money.

  3. Jessica Hehir – I’m a former broadcast journalist who found her calling in motherhood. The format of the show has changed. I troll Pinterest now instead of the AP wires. Other than that, my day job is pretty much the same as it ever was, complete with long hours and big personalities. I’m always looking for opportunities to put my writing/party planning to good use in the business world as I work over time to create sweet childhood memories for my three young daughters; the sugar in my life. They give me plenty of inspiration. Things don’t always go as planned, but we often have a good laugh at our own expense. The support and The Spice in my life come from my handsome Irish husband.

    You are a mama right after my heart! I hosted a party yesterday too, my co-chair took the reins (pardon the pun) on this party. We were more craft focused. I wish we had these games they sound like a hoot! I’ll pin this for next year. I love the creativity and the thriftiness of these games. What fun!

  4. I think I’d be a little stressed too if I had to plan a christmas party. But it looks like you did a great job!! 🙂 I think these games could be fun even outside of the classroom environment. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love these ideas! These would also be fun indoor party activities for a birthday party or just to do something fun during winter break. Love the mitten game!

  6. kbwhiskey – I'm a professional blogger for the site, Our Whiskey Lullaby. I'm usually known as "The Bird Lady" since I own 8 parrots and love almost anything with feathers. I also homeschool my daughter, Mary, who is five years old.

    These are fun ideas! I really enjoyed looking at them!

  7. Growing Up Bilingual – Florida – Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages. She is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on parenting, bicultural and bilingual education and disabilities. She is a passionate advocate for bilingualism, Latino familias and disability rights and the proudest mamá on Earth. In her spare time she likes cooking food from her native Guatemala and experimenting with healthy and kid friendly Latino inspired recipes.

    These are some really great and fun ideas for activities for any Christmas party. Congrats on your successful school Christmas party!

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