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3 Bon Voyage Party Ideas for PCS-ing MilKids

July 6, 2019

It’s PCS season, and if you’ve ever moved with kiddos before, you know how hard it can be for them to say au revoir to their home, friends, teachers, and more (cue the waterworks!).

This time is filled with the last library visit, last swim at the pool, last play date, and last dinner at home.

You’ve been there, right?!

The never-ending list of lasts can be downright draining. But you give the kid a break, right mom? Because uprooting from one location to the next can be hard. Yes, even if they’re super adaptable.

So this go-around, how about encouraging wishes for a good journey and adventure instead of heart-wrenching goodbyes? (Think Bon voyage instead of Au revoir.)

Show your milkid just how excited everyone is for his or her next adventure with a party they won’t soon forget. Gather friends and sprinkle in some fun by personalizing a celebration for all the cool things to come.

You in? Here are three creative ideas to ensure a send-off with a smile.

1. New State Cookie Party

Cookie Cut Out

Photo: Whisk-Kid

Gather friends and neighbors, and decorate sugar cookies shaped like the next home state of your PCS-ing milkid. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off the sweet new place military life is taking them. (Inspiration: Whisk-Kid)   

2. DIY Craft Party

DIY craft parties

Photo: Moving with the Military

Host a simple DIY craft party to give your kiddo something fun to take to the new house. He or she can decorate those white walls upon arrival and be reminded of the friends they made. (Inspiration: Moving with the Military)  

3.   Sundae Funday Party

ice cream party

Photo: Edy’s® Ice Cream

Serve up a tasteful goodbye by taking a trip to your local grocery store to purchase a tub of Edy’s® vanilla ice cream for a Sundae Funday theme.* Sprinkle in a little color, and you’ll have a dish no one can resist! (Inspiration: Edy’s®)   

Don’t have enough time to host a Bon Voyage party?

You’re in luck! Blue Star Families is hosting a super fun giveaway from May 1 through September 2. It’s designed specifically for your PCS-ing milkid trying to adapt to an unfamiliar place. All you have to do is fill out the form below for the chance to win them an ice cream social with prizes from Edy’s® between May 1 and September 2, 2019*.

* SWEEPSTAKES SPONSOR: Blue Star Families, P.O. Box 230637, Encinitas, CA 92023.

Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company and it’s Edy’s® brand are a Prize Provider only in this sweepstakes. Any questions regarding the sweepstakes or its administration should be directed to Blue Star Families. Edy’s® is a registered trademark owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland.


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