How to Throw a Family Fall Festival
Fall time is by far my favorite time of the year! The weather is perfect, wearing layers is way more fun, and of course PSL!
Four years ago I decided to throw a fall festival for my family in my parent's backyard, with hot apple cider, chili dogs, and games for the kids. It quickly became an annual tradition! So every October my mom and I put on this fall festival for the family, and it is always so much fun!
p.s. the invitations are from Etsy!
For food this year, we put hotdogs in a crockpot and turned it on high for about 2 hours and they were perfect! We made chili as well, so our guests could either just have a bowl of chili or have a chili dog! We also had potato soup, a veggie tray with ranch dressing, kettle corn, sm'ores, and lots of pie!
We went to a local popcorn shop called Premier Popcorn for some kettle corn! I got a few large bags, and transferred the popcorn to small clear bags and tied them with twine. It was a fun snack to have on hand! You can also order online on Premier Popcorn's website and have popcorn shipped to you!
This year we added a pie baking contest to the festivities for a little fun competition! We had a variety of pies, and we gave prizes out for best tasting and for best looking pies! We went to Home Goods and got a pie dish and whisk for one prize, and a rolling pin and measuring cups for the other!
My sisters and I made this photo prop a couple of years ago out of a piece of sheetrock(My dad does drywall for a living). I googled an image and then freehanded a copy of the image as best I could, then we painted it! I love how it turned out and it's always a hit at the party!
My brother surprised me by making this adorable "pumpkin" photo booth! I love it!
This was my favorite part of the whole fall festival! How cute is this little picture set up?! It's so easy to make, too! For the backdrop, we made 3 burlap garlands by tying 12-inch by 3-inch pieces of burlap into knots on a piece of twine. We didn't measure the twine, we just eye balled it! It's a little time consuming, but I love how they turned out! Then we made a paper banner using cardstock and a piece of twine. We connected them to the fence with tacks.
Fun activities for the kids included a pumpkin ring toss, a can knock-down game, wagon rides for the littlest of the kids, and face painting! For the face painting, we used fall themed temporary tattoos I found on Ebay!
I hope you liked hearing about our annual fall festival! If you have a similar family tradition, I'd love to hear about it!
Happy Fall, Ya'll!