This day is special because it is fall themed---everything from the food, to the music, and the games. I am going to share what we do here so in case you are interested in doing something like this you will have some inspiration to go by.
FALL PARTY DECOR
We plan in advance and decorate the house and outdoors with a fall theme. We decorate with pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, candles, haybales, mums, cornstalks, and the like.
HARVEST PARTY FOOD
We ask people to bring to the potluck a fall dish, a fall side or fall dessert and a gallon of apple cider. We also like to serve cocoa and marshmallows as well. I usually try to make a crockpot chili and cornbread. People usually bring all kinds of amazing soups, and fall dishes galore. It is soooooo deliciously good. For dessert we usually have an array of pumpkin pies, pecan pies, apple cobbler, taffy apples, popcorn balls, pumpkin rolls, etc.
We also told people that they were welcome to dress up in cowboy clothing such as:
cowboy hats (we'd always find some for the kids at the dollar store)
It is completely optional and up to them if they'd like to. Sometimes we just wear fall colors!
HARVEST PARTY GAMES
The games are SO fun! Here is a sample of what we have done over the years:
three legged races (tie their legs with bandanas)
potato sack races
wheel barrow races
pumpkin rolling contest
pumpkin relay races
throw the hula hoop over the pumpkins (a set of three a few feet away--great for small kids)
hot pumpkin (same as hot potato instead with a pumpkin)
whip cream "pie" eating contest (a piece of bubble gum is hidden in it and the one who can blow a bubble first is the winner)
tug of war
corn shucking races
corn doll craft
Pumpkin, pumpkin, gourd (same as duck, duck, goose)
Hay bale jumping (this is the biggest competition that is everyone's FAVORITE)
square dancing or dancing like the Virginia Reel (I linked a tutorial video but you can forward to 4:45 of the video to hear the music and see the dance quicker)
During it all we like to play some clean country music or blue grass just to get everyone in the mood. Here is an example.
Here are some of the pictures from past celebrations:
Kicking off the three legged races
Pumpkin rolling relay races
Cute homemade corn husk dolls
Whip cream pie eating contest
Adults taking in the fun
Hay bale jumping--sometimes stacked at three bales high!
The adults even get in on the fun!
And later after that we had a bonfire going with some smores or marshmallows on sticks for roasting. For a few years we had a good friend come out and sing some interactive country folk songs to the kids during this time but this year he eventually had moved away and we just did the roasting instead.
Adults and children alike all have fun and get to fellowship--I don't think I have every laughed so hard at some of the games! It was also a great way to reach out to our neighbors, several of whom like to show up. We definitely always look forward to hosting this event with friends.
Have you ever had a Harvest Party?
What would you add to this list?
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