Fall! I want to scream and shout and let it all out! It’s Fa-aa-aaaall! Time for a Harvest Festival.
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I may be a bit excited about this. I love Fall. I love apple cider, pumpkin patches, cute little kid costumes, crisp cool weather, beautiful trees and falling leaves. I’m a poet and didn’t even know it. 😉
I think one of the best ways to celebrate this glorious time of year is with a harvest festival. You can have family and friends over for an event or just a small after school play date party.
You could invite the kiddos to come in costume, here are some quick no sew costume ideas or you can purchase a great costume at a reasonable cost from Oriental Trading. We like the non-scary type of costumes in our house and Oriental Trading has a ton of options for that.
Harvest Festival Party Ideas
Start out with some decorations.
The best part of fall is all the beauty available from nature to decorate with. Use branches, hay bales, and even food (apples, pumpkins, squash, etc.).
You could even make this Cinnamon Broom Fall Wreath for your door to get things started with a lovely autumn scent.
Using some fall tissue paper leaves (they come in bulk of 5000 for crazy cheap!). You can make a fall leaf garland so easily!
Take a needle and thread it with a long piece of thread. Tie the thread at the end. Stab through your tissue leaves in small bunches at a time.
Once you have as many as you desire on the thread. Tie a knot at the other end and fluff the tissue paper leaves for a good full look. Great for a mantle or simple garland piece.
Get the fun started with some great fun crafts.
Mini Pumpkin Painting
Grab some mini pumpkins and arts & crafts supplies. Let little minds go wild.
Foam stickers make for great no-paint-mess fun.
*Don’t forget the teal paint to support Teal Pumpkin Project for food allergy awareness.
Fall Night Light
Take cleaned baby food jars and turn them into sweet fall night lights. Using mod podge and some tissue paper, decorate away. Little hands can even do this on their own with no problem.
Add a battery powered tea light. Voila! A fall night light.
Now, add in lots of fun harvest festival DIY games to play.
DIY Apple Bushel Plinko
This fun mini Plinko game is adorable!
I used a piece of 15 inch x 24 inch plywood.
Using mod podge, I adhered some scrapbook paper I had on hand to the plywood for a fall look. You could also use a sticky contact paper with a pretty design, or even just paint the board.
Using 1 inch nails, I hammered them in about a 1/4 inch deep and 2 inches in height apart with 3 inches width between each nail. Then just vary up the pattern.
Using these mini brown pails for my bushels, I painted numbers on them 1-3. This indicates the number of prizes they get to choose. I removed the wire handle and the pre punched hole made for a perfect guide to slide a nail into and hammer the pail to the board for sturdiness.
I used the baby food jar lids that I had from the night lights, and painted apples on them. You could also use some apple foam stickers too!
There it is. A quick DIY Plinko game. Now, try to get those apples in the bushels to win some prizes!
My son LOVED this! We used these super cute pumpkin stress balls from Oriental Trading. Also, some bean bags.
Have the kids stand behind a line or in a hula hoop circle and throw the pumpkin as far as they can. Drop a colored bean bag at that mark. Whoever throws their pumpkin the farthest wins a prize!
*You can later give the pumpkins as favors to friends for coming to the harvest festival, maybe even put them in one of the brown pails with some small candy or trinkets.
Candy Corn Count
Do you remember these games in school? For some reason I had a weird love of them. Must be my numbers loving brain. Simply fill a see through jar with candy corn, or any other item you want, and have people take a guess at how many are in the jar. People write their guesses down and the winner/s get a trinket or prize at reveal time.
*Be sure to count BEFORE you fill the jar. Have the number written down somewhere so you don’t forget.
So Fun! It’s a great sensory play area for the little ones and no mess like a sandbox. You can use deer corn for this. You can buy bulk bags pretty cheap at a local farm, tractor or even sporting goods store. Bonus: If you leave it out, you might get to enjoy some new wildlife hanging around in your area. Or maybe you might want to be sure to cover it up when you are done playing. 😉
You are probably getting hungry at this point. Don’t forget the fall food and treats.
A simple and quick dessert idea these Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies.
Finally, finish up with some great photo opportunities with these simple but lovely ideas.
We had a blast at our harvest festival. Let me just say Oriental Trading has some awesome options for the fall/Halloween season. I have used Oriental Trading many times before they ever approached me about doing a sponsored post. I knew they had great products, for a great price, that are perfect for holidays/seasonal events. That is why I was quick to jump on board with them. I hope you will pop over to give Oriental Trading a try also.
I have to say a HUGE thank you to my awesome mother-in-law for all the help she gave me in creating this post. I am so blessed and she was such a great sport!