Homecoming Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Homecoming event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


A homecoming is a time-honored school celebration observed throughout the country; one celebrated with parades, parties and of course good music.

The ultimate homecoming party playlist will feature songs that are vibrant, lively, and of course celebratory; with a few sentimental tunes thrown in for good measure. They could include:

Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C
Be True to Your School by the Beach Boys
Coming Home by Michael Buble
School’s Out by Alice Cooper
We’re All in This Together by the cast of High School Musical
Don’t Stop Believin by the cast of Glee
All For One by the cast of High School Musical
Greased Lightning by the cast of Grease
And of course, no homecoming party would be complete without a full host of party supplies; tokens and decorations that could include plastic or paper mache air horns, footballs, pom poms, books and backpacks hanging from the ceiling, as well as pennants that represent the school of honor adorning the walls. A model school or football stadium would make a great centerpiece, especially when presented with a scene setter that resembles a football field or high school gym.

Guests will have no problem coming home to the ultimate homecoming party. Select a cake that can be part of the theme decoration initially, until it’s time to serve the cake to the guests. At a gathering where there will be small children, consider hiring a babysitter to keep them occupied in another part of the house. Inspire everyone to be creative by setting up arts and crafts workstations with amazing activities from coloring and drawing to finger painting to be taken home.

Preparing and planning a Homecoming dance using homemade party supplies can take a lot of time and organization. Homemade party goods and party supplies, such as handmade tissue paper flowers and handmade party streamers can be a great addition to this extraordinary occasion. Many times, these handmade flowers and homemade party streamers for this party will compare to other paper flowers. These paper tissue flowers are the ideal addition to any Homecoming dance.

Many people will compare handmade Homecoming tissue paper flowers to traditional paper flowers, but for the most part, there is no comparison between the two. Making party supplies for a homecoming dance like tissue paper flowers and dance party streamers is very easy to do.

First of all, in order to make handmade tissue paper flowers for a Homecoming dance, you need to get a pipe cleaner and approximately six to eight sheets of colored tissue paper (placed one on top of the other). Next, you will fold the tissue paper like an accordion and then put the pipe cleaner in the center of the tissue paper and twist. Once this has been done, use scissors to round the ends and then pull the petals one at a time out of the flower to form the flower itself. These Homecoming homemade paper flowers can then be hung from the ceiling or other areas throughout the room.


A homecoming is far more than a celebration, it’s a milestone for a school and its students; and every homecoming celebration warrants a perfect homemade homecoming party cake.

Of course, when it comes to a homecoming celebration and the homecoming party cake, the term ‘homemade’ has many different potential meanings. A host could indeed present a simple theme cake prepared in a home kitchen, a basic chocolate or vanilla concoction that bears a simple iced message like “Happy Homecoming.”

Or she could opt for a homecoming party cake that truly and creatively reflects the spirit of the homecoming celebration. This could be a confection with icing that reflects school colors, and/or that forms an illustration of the school’s logo or mascot.

Taking this theme a step further, the host could present a homecoming party cake that resembles the school’s homecoming parade float. Using a basic chocolate or vanilla sheet cake (or perhaps an ice cream cake, thus giving the term ‘float’ a dual meaning) as a canvas, she could produce an actual facsimile of that year’s float in the homecoming parade; topping it with handy party supplies like small plastic fashion dolls (to liken the homecoming queen and her court), plastic and candied flowers, ribbons and streamers, etc.

“Bring it home’ today with a homecoming party cake.

A homecoming party is fitting for a lot of themes and can be used for all kinds of homecomings from a high school football arrival to a couple coming home from their honeymoon. You’ll find that the Under the Sea Homecoming dance is very popular amongst high schools and though you may not want to use this theme for yet again another high school dance, you could use it to create a twist on the homecoming party of someone coming back from a long trip.

The Survivor homecoming party is another great theme for someone’s homecoming if they’ve been overseas or someplace tropical. You can buy lots of paper supply with the Survivor theme on it, paper plates, cups, napkins, and tablecloths even. The guests will get a kick out of their Survivor bandanna’s and scarves. You can use tropical inflatables like palm trees and beach balls to help decorate the guest of honor’s return. A banner proudly stating ‘Welcome Home’ on it will add to the event.

A Valentine’s homecoming can be great for a party especially if it’s a couple coming back from their honeymoon or if the return is near Valentine’s Day. Pick up some fun heart shaped wall hangings and place them all over the party area. Get pink streamers and wind them around the armchairs and table legs. You can make up a Valentines punch for the guests to drink from pink lemonade and cherry flavored soda.

The work party theme is also another good accent to the homecoming party for a graduating student. You can both congratulate them on their return and subtly hint that they should get to their future careers with this one. Simply decorate the party area with decorations related to their future career choice. Those looking to become archeologists would love a party decorated in inflatable dinosaurs and dinosaur toys. You can even give out plastic buckets and shovels to the guests as party favors.

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Homecoming History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Homecoming theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Homecoming is a time of fun and celebration at colleges across the country. And this grand celebration is also—in some ways—a patriotic one.

America is the home of homecoming; indeed, homecoming celebrations originated in the early 1900s at places such as the University of Illinois and the University of Missouri. Football coaches, students and administrators at these academic institutions decided to supplement their football games with parties, parades, and other festivities. Into the 1920s and 1930s, more and more schools launched the homecoming celebration as an annual event.

Soon other homecoming competitions came to claim the spotlight from the traditional football game. At coeducational institutions, men and women competed for the positions of king and queen; others were named princes and princesses of the homecoming court. Events such as this one, along with the homecoming parade, draw spectators who may have no interest in football to the homecoming celebration.

Today’s homecoming parties, which take place in late September or early October, can feature fun activities like campus parties, banquets, tailgate and dance parties, fraternity and sorority soirees, elaborate pageants, and of course the classic homecoming parade; which features performances from the school band, colorful floats put together by students (both groups of friends and organized academic, sports and social clubs) and administrators, and appearances from the exalted king, queen and court.

Homecoming is a time to celebrate, not only one’s school and football team, but the richness of American history and celebrations. Plan the ultimate Homecoming Party today! With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats. As you plan a menu for a celebration remember, there may be vegetarians and vegans on the guest list so plan accordingly. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats. The history of Homecoming has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Homecoming to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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