Mention a fall party and immediately people think of Halloween. Fall parties do not have to be about Halloween. Just because we are in the world does not mean we have to do what the world does.
Of course, you can have a costume party, but ask your guests to dress up as fun, loveable characters and people. Explain that you do not want devils, ghosts, vampires, skeletons, witches, or anything to do with death. Tell them you want to glorify life, not death.
Decorate with pizza boxes, pizza bags, the cardboard the pizza goes on. Put shakers of Parmesan cheese out, tomatoes, fresh basil. Use red and white checkered tablecloths. Put old wine bottles on the tables with a candle in each bottle.
- Make individual pizzas. Have supplies for all different kinds. Allow guests to be creative.
- Have a pizza eating contest. See who can eat the most pizza in two minutes.
- Have a pizza making contest or a dough rolling contest with teams.
- Some ingredients to put on your pizza: tomato sauce, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, garlic, pepperoni, chicken, ground beef, anchovies, shrimp, BBQ sauce, pineapple, onion, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, sausage, sun-dried tomatoes…
Coupons to your favorite pizza place, pizza magnets, pre-made pizza crusts made by you or purchased at the store.
FAMILY HISTORY MONTH
Trace your family tree. There are many resources online to help you get started.
Create a family cookbook. Collect recipes from relatives. Ask them to share a story about the recipe (if there is one), how it got started, if there is a tradition behind it….Put them together and make a little book to give to family members or even put it online. If you make a book, add pictures of the ones who handed in the recipe, and if possible, the creator of the recipe.
Record family stories. Interview as many people as possible audiotape, videotape or journal the accounts. Put these together and share them.
Take a drive by old places you, your parents, and your grandparents, etc. lived or places that meant something to the family. Even go to the cemetery and look at family plots.
Get together as many family pictures as possible and make a scrapbook. With all of the resources today, you can give copies to everyone. CDs can also be made.
Make family heritage gifts by using old pictures and frames, quilts, tea sets, etc. Take time to make gifts for people that can become a tradition for your family.
CELEBRATE LIVING PARTY
(Goes along with National Vegetarian Month & is the opposite of all the death surrounding Halloween)
Since people in America seem to be obsessed with death at this time of year, do something different and celebrate life.
Decorate with pictures of living things or have real ones present. Ask guests to bring pictures of people who are alive. Maybe you could have cages with pet hamsters, lizards or turtles. Place goldfish bowls on tabletops. Plants are another item that could be used to decorate with. Of course, you can decorate with fresh fruits and vegetables, pictures of them or plastic ones.
- Play lively music.
- Have a dance contest.
- Play leap frog.
- Go outside and have a running race.
- Have a contest to see which team can shoot the most balls through the basket.
- Whatever it is, keep the atmosphere lively and upbeat.
Serve foods that are alive. Fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouted breads, yogurt, organic products….It could be a healthy eating party.
Fresh fruits or vegetables, coupons to your favorite organic market, a CD with lively music you have recorded for your guests, a goldfish.
Decorate with firewood, wood chips, saws, axes, kerosene lamps, flannel, corduroy, and jean material, tree branches and bark, Paul Bunyan and his ox, Babe. Ask guests to dress like an old time lumberjack. They can wear overalls or jeans, flannel shirts, suspenders, heavy boots, and knit skull caps.
- Log cutting contest: Divide into two or more teams. Have an axe and firewood to cut for each team. Contestants will stand in as many lines as you have teams. Put a pile of wood on the other side of the yard. Each team takes turns running up to the wood and chopping a piece of it in half then passing the axe to the next person in line. The first team to finish wins. If you do not have logs, use long pretzel rods and cut them with a knife. That will make it pretty funny.
- Log walking contest: Lay out pieces of wood on the ground. Team members take turns walking across, staying on the wood. First team to finish wins.
- Log pile contest: Every contestant has to wear heavy boots, so you may want to have two large sets of boots on hand for team members who did not wear boots. Line up teams. Place a log in front of each team. The members take turns running with the log to a designated point, drop the log, and run back to the team. Each person takes turns until the entire team runs. The first team to finish wins. You can use long pretzel rods for this if you like.
Serve chili, soup, stew, pot roast, sunflower seeds, apple and pear desserts, and pancakes with real maple syrup.
A bottle of maple syrup, beeswax or autumn scented candle, a box of pancake mix or homemade packaged in plastic bags with autumn colored ribbon and directions on it.
FARMER’S DAY IDEAS
Honor farmers and celebrate all they do on October 12th. Find ideas for crafts, games, and other activities.
Crafts to Make
- Make collages by cutting out pictures of farm related pictures (vegetables, animals, etc) out of magazines.
- Draw pictures of farm animals.
- Get a large sheet of white paper. Use small pieces of sponge and black paint to make cow spot all over the paper!
- Choose from many farm craft ideas here.
Other Things To Do
- Visit a farm or farmer's market.
- Play the Farmer in the Dell.
- Sing Old Macdonald.
- Play this Farmer and Chicken Game.
- Set up a dramatic play area with things you could find on a farm.
- What is your favorite vegetable.
- What is your favorite farm animal.
- What would the world be like without farmers?
- Have fresh vegetables and dip for a snack.
- Make a list of some of the things we get from farmers!
- Take a virtual tour of a farm!
- Read this short, online story about farm animals.
Fall Bonfire Theme
Decorate with leaves, mums, apples, pears, burlap, dried corn, corn stalks, gourds, pumpkins, bales of hay, and corduroy material. Include the colors of the season with the mums, tablecloths, napkins, and plates.
- Bobbing for apples: Fill a tub with water and apples. You can make it easy for people by keeping the stem on the apples or hard by taking the stem off. Time people to see who can get an apple out of the water the fastest with their mouth and with their hands behind their back. You can also break up into teams and the team who finishes first wins. If you are doing this indoors, have plenty of plastic under the tubs to minimize the mess. Keep towels handy for contestants to dry their face.
- Apple peeling contest: Divide guests into as many teams as you like. Give each team a potato/apple peeler and an apple for each contestant. As one person finishes peeling their apple, the next person peels theirs until the entire team is finished. Team that finishes first wins.
- Popcorn relay race: Divide into teams. Have a bowl of popcorn and a spoon for each team. Members take turns scooping up popcorn onto spoon and running to the bowl on the other side with spoon. Object of the game is to get the most kernels in the bowl on the other side. Team with the most kernels in the bowl wins.
Serve popcorn balls, caramel apples, apple coleslaw, cornbread, pumpkin seeds, chili, chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie, taffy apple salad, soup, spaghetti squash.
Caramel apples, popcorn balls, homemade applesauce or apple butter, un-popped popcorn neatly packaged.
Ladies, do not expect your man to carry the brunt of this day. Make a point of being the sweetest you can be. Do whatever he wants to do. Fix what he likes to eat or go to a restaurant he likes to go to. Have the best attitude possible. Be his honey in every way. Get creative. Think sweet, especially after the children go to bed and the lights are down low. Let it me a day he’ll always remember.
Whether you have a husband or not, find someone you can be sweet to. Visit someone who lives alone; send them flowers or chocolates; go to a nursing home to visit the lonely or to a children’s hospital and give them balloons….The thoughtful ideas that you can do are endless.