Fall means so much more than just kids going back to school, leaves departing trees and a crisp chill in the air. Fall means the start of the holiday party season, and the decorating experts at Party Fiesta Balloon Decor are here to kick your fall party planning into high gear with 10 Terrifyingly-Terrific Autumn Party Tips!
* 1) Throw a Fall Craft Party! With the wonderful world of nature literally at your fingertips, just go outside and find everything you’ll need, thanks to Mother Earth! Fill glass jars with small pine cones, acorns and autumn nuts that serve double-duty as elegant centerpieces! Pick glorious-colored fall leaves in different shapes and sizes and preserve them by pressing them!
* 2) Make Your Kitchen Autumn-Baking Central! Hold an intimate party around the oven, as you and your guests create everything from caramel apples to apple cider to pumpkin bread to gingerbread houses (with fun candy decorations!) to the perennial holiday favorite, chocolate chip cookies!
* 3) Pumpkin-Carving Paradise! Have on hand several small-to-medium pumpkins and then let your guests’ imaginations run wild! (Little ones will, of course, require adult supervision.) Award prizes for the funniest, the scariest and the most bizarre jack-o-lantern creations! (Be sure to save the seeds to roast and enjoy later! Great how-to from Simply Recipes: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/toasted_pumpkin_seeds/
* 4) Spookiest-Ever Super-Snacks Party! Anybody can stick a frilly toothpick inside a Swedish meatball, but for party treats they’ll never forget, think outside the trick-or-treat box! Turn an ordinary pastry into a dynamic spider cupcake (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/spider-cupcakes/detail.aspx), a boring popsicle into a sweet S’mores Popsicle (http://www.yumsugar.com/Simple-Smore-Popsicle-recipe-roasted-marshmallow-ice-cream-4637562), a regular Hostess snack into an imaginative monster Twinkie (http://www.womansday.com/Recipes/The-Monster-Bride.html and http://www.womansday.com/Recipes/Mummy-Cakes.html and a plain-Jane cake into a haunted haven: http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Food-Recipes/Holiday-Recipes/Graveyard-Cake-Decorations.html. And what party would be complete without awesome edible eyeballs?! You’ve gotta check out these creepy peepers! http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/edible-eyeball-treats-685115/.
* 5) Design Your Own Handmade Fall Party Favors!
Everything from folksy corn-husk dolls to candy containers to whatever your heart desires, anything homemade adds that special “I care about you” touch to any party! http://fun.familyeducation.com/halloween/crafts/47516.html.
* 6) Let The Games Begin–the fabulous fall games, that is! If you’re a skilled artist (or lucky enough to know one!), paint a super-goofy jack-o-lantern face on a large sheet of white butcher paper, attach to plywood and cut out areas for the eyes, nose and mouth. Fill hand-sewn bean bags with either beans or corn kernels, and you’ve got yourself a hard-to-resist skills game! The adults will just seem like kids if you test their skills with two maddeningly-fun games: “The Ghostly Cotton Ball Game.” Blindfold each contestant one at a time. Spread a table with “ghostly” cotton balls and see how many they can scoop into a bowl with a large spoon in 30 seconds! It’s not as easy as it may sound! “The Spooky Safety Pin Game.” Fill a plastic container (like a medium-deep Tupperware bowl) with two cups of uncooked rice, throw in 30 small golden safety pins and, one at a time, give each blindfolded contestant 30 seconds to pick out as many pins from the rice as they can! It is much harder than it sounds, because the rice feels just like the safety pins, and it will drive your guests crazy–in the “funnest” kind of way, of course!
* 7) Give Nature a Helping Hand! Make one of your very special party craft activities this clever bird feeder crafted from a natural pine cone! The little ones can do it, too, and the birds will love you for it! http://www.enviro-explorers.com/pinecone_web_page/pineconefeederindex.html.
* 8) Have a Free Nature eBook Party! Download free nature books (and every category, as well!) at Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/) and celebrate autumn’s natural beauty with friends and family at a book-reading gathering!
* 9) Toss a Scarecrow-Building Party! The lowly scarecrow actually has a long and proud heritage that is largely unknown to most people outside of the farming industry! He (and sometimes she!) has been a fixture in the fields of farmers dating back over 3,000 years to the Greek and Egyptian cultures! Though the scarecrow’s intended use is, after all, to frighten away predatory birds from eating crops, somehow his popularity has grown into the symbol of autumn he is today! In the southern Appalachians, the farmers didn’t even bother with a scarecrow to send the crows scattering; they went straight for the jugular–hanging a dead crow upside from a pole! Yikes! Did those Appalachian farmers mean business, or what?! Worldwide, he is known by different names: bootzamon, Jack-of-straw, tattie bogle, Tao-Tao, Mawkin, Moggy, Kakashi, Bijuka and more. The Japanese say of their scarecrows that “they cannot walk or talk but know everything of the world.” Very zen. But it was probably the birth of L. Frank Baum’s kind-hearted but brainless scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” that launched our lasting love affair with all things scarecrow!
*10) It’s Just Not a Party Without Balloons!
Just ask Party Fiesta Balloon Decor! Holiday-balloon decor is one of their specialities, and they are constantly innovating the art of balloon decorating! Scarecrows, pumpkins, candy corn, fall wreaths, Halloween critters (spiders, ghosts) and so much more all come to life, thanks to the creative touch of Party Fiesta’s Certified Balloon Artists! Find out what kind of balloon magic they can create for you this holidaya season!