This year we tried out a new thing. We planted a pumpkin patch in our backyard. Unfortunately we didn’t get quite the haul that we expected. Still, that didn’t stop me from celebrating fall with a fun Harvest Party. It was such a blast and I hope to do it again next year! My sister graciously provided dinner and then the simple (yet very fun!) festivities began!
The kids put together these darling leaf crowns. I got the idea for them from here. We used fresh leaves and made a few using glue sticks which worked but required a little more patience and a few with the good ol’ stapler! That was sure quick and easy.
You could see the staples obviously but you couldn’t beat the ease of putting it together!
When the kids were done with their leaf crowns, everyone got to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. This was by far my favorite part of the evening! In my mind I had envisioned everyone just walking down, picking the first pumpkin they saw and that was it.
Then when everyone had picked a pumpkin, we all went back through the patch and searched for the all the remaining pumpkins. This was fun because the weeds had kind of grown up around them so it ended up being like a pumpkin treasure hunt!
After that we went inside and had hot chocolate (made from this recipe) and caramel apple spice (made from this recipe). The hot chocolate was REALLY rich but really good too. I doubled the recipe which I DON’T recommend unless you are using 2 crock pots. I couldn’t fit it all in one crock pot. The caramel apple spice was my favorite of the two drinks. To decorate and mark the drinks, I used a combination of real preserved leaves, paper feathers and pennant tags .
For dessert we ate donuts and homemade candy caramel apples (made from this recipe).
Each family went home with a bag of apples from our apple tree. To keep the Happy Harvest tags up on the bags, I hole punched the sides twice and weaved the twine through the holes. The evening turned out better than I thought it would. I am hoping that it will turn into a new family tradition!