Many of you are putting finishing touches on a welcome-back party to kick off the school year, and that’s fabulous. But if your group hasn’t been able to pull it off—it is often difficult to connect with parents in summer—don’t stress. Consider hosting a family event sometime in the fall.

. It can be a more relaxed event than a welcome-back party because the hectic back-to-school weeks are done, and parents, as well as students, feel more settled.

A fall event lends itself to fun seasonal themes like sports, harvest, and Halloween. There are also traditional events, like a spaghetti supper, that you might want to start at your school. A potluck dinner is another good option because people truly enjoy being able to contribute and share their special dishes with others. Or you could try something like a chili cook-off to give an event a little friendly competition.

We have lots of resources, including our free School Family Night kits, to help you plan a family event. You can preorder our School Family Night kits now, and they will be available later in August.

To help spark ideas for creative events, check out these articles:

Our File Exchange has dozens of free downloads for flyers, invites, and volunteer signups on the Family Events section. You’ll find these will save you time and money as your plan your event.

Also, we have a collection of PTO Today and community ideas on our PTO Family Events board on Pinterest.

Good luck!