Creative Card Ideas for an End of Summer BTS Party #ValueCards #shop

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Can you believe summer is almost over? I can’t! My son starts back to school Wednesday. Two of my best friends and I thought it would be nice to have an end of summer – back to school party for our children. I went to Walmart to pick up some supplies and as I started past the Hallmark aisle, I wondered what creative card ideas for an end of summer BTS party I could come up with…

We decided on a pool party. A pool party was the perfect way to say good-bye to the end of summer break and celebrate the start of a new school year! One of them will be just starting Kindergarten and three of them will be starting middle school — definitely cause for celebration!

I love the Hallmark Rewards program. And along with Hallmark’s value cards,  you can turn any celebration or party into something really special. Which is exactly what I did for our end of summer pool party. Walmart had such a great selection to choose from, too. I saw so many card idea while checking out the Hallmark value cards aisle.

I knew I needed to get cards for 6 kids, ranging in age from 5 to 12. I was able to find a different card for each child that was perfect for them. Of course, adding your own sentiments to cards make them extra special — and this group of kids were so easy to write personal messages to… I love, admire, and adore these kids.

I was truly touched at how much these kids enjoyed their cards. The hugs and thank-yous were so heartfelt and made my day.

As much as I hate that summer is ending, I am excited for the school year ahead for these smart, funny, kind-hearted kids. I know they will accomplish amazing things.

Thanks to my two dear friends, I think we pulled off a great end of summer/back-to-school party.

It’s easy to get creative with cards for the last month of summer — just grab a school supply, like pencils, some ribbon, and a Hallmark Value card… and get a few kids together for a back to school party. Fun will be had by all!

How would you celebrate the last month of summer with value cards from Hallmark?

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  1. Going back to school is scary for some kids. I love the idea of having a party to help generate excitement.

  2. A real card, not an online one, is such a great way to boost your day!

  3. I like these ideas.

  4. This is such a great idea! I love that the cards give the sentiment without costing a ton (leaving some room for a good gift inside!).

  5. Great ideas, I always love buying Hallmark cards.

  6. This is such a great idea. It’s perfect for giving them something to hang on to throughout the school year and beyond. I’m glad that your kids treasured it.

  7. I know my kids would love to have a card to hang onto throughout the year. My middle child loves his cards and notes that we give him.

    I never would have thought to do this for my kids, but I think it’s a genus idea.

  8. Great idea, not sure why I didn’t think of this.

  9. I think it’s so sweet that you also wrote a personal message to each of them. What a thoughtful gesture for you to give them a unique card.

  10. There is nothing more fun than a back to school celebration. Looks like so much fun.

  11. I’m a huge fan of those Hallmark Value Cards and always make sure to have a few on hand for special occasions. I love your idea of pairing the card with a school supply!

  12. I know I can’t believe summer is almost over either. I use to get little cards for valentine’s day and put it in their lunchbox (when they were younger) high school kids don’t appreciate at so much LOL!

    1. But they seem to like it again when they get to college and are away from home. At least my nieces do!

  13. That’s so cute! What a great idea! I can tell the kids really enjoyed their cards!

  14. Hallmark cards are the best. I enjoyed getting them as a child and also enjoy receiving them as an adult. Thes kids looked like they really enjoyed their cards.

  15. What a fun party, I love the jumping into water picture that is so fun!

  16. What a great way to get them to feel good about the coming school year. It’s a great show of support. I need to do these.

    1. She really did such a sweet thing for those kids, didn’t she?

  17. greay for kids

  18. What a cute idea. I love that pic of all the kids at the pool!

  19. That is SUCH a great idea! We’re sending our daughter off to college next week (sob!) and I will be going to look for just the right card to leave with her.

  20. It looks like you all had so much fun! I think hosting a back to school party is such a great idea–and I love that you were able to get cards and supplies for each of the kids thanks to the great Value Cards from Hallmark! 🙂 #client

  21. This is a great idea and I’m so glad you all had fun! We’ve had something like this several times before (it wasn’t really a back-to school party though) 🙂

  22. I love the sentiment behind a real, actual card. Great party!

  23. I’ve never thought about celebrating the end of summer in that way, but it’s a wonderful idea!

  24. What a super cute idea! And, I love all of the photos!

  25. I love Hallmark cards. I’m glad to see they have some value cards now.

  26. This is such a great idea, I have never thought about giving cards for the end of summer.

  27. i love these

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