Tips on hosting a crafty Harvest Party on a budget
If you haven’t been able to tell by now, where have you been hiding? I’m in love with the fall season! Autumn is my favorite; finally cool enough for sweaters, and definitely cool enough to put away the summer clothes. And since I don’t wear shorts (ever) it’s a pretty speedy process! Crisp leaves, apples, crock pot meals, bonfires, cider, and pumpkin spice everything!
So in honor of my favorite season, I began hosting my very own Harvest Party! And since my creative energy can get drained pretty quickly, I’ve taken to Pinterest to do the work for me. I’ve curated some simple and cute ideas from lots of super crafty blogging ladies-head over to Pinterest and check out my Harvest Party pins and link into their sites for more detailed step by step directions.
I’m going to focus on two main parts of the party-Favors & Food. So for that reason, I’ve decided to post in two parts. Today, I’ll be sharing how I make this party easy flowing and keep everyone busy and having a great time using ideas I found on Pinterest!
By the way, you should know that we don’t carve pumpkins, we only decorate them. Why? Our pumpkins are multi-purpose, (as I’m always looking for ways to save). After we decorate them and they’ve served their first festive purpose for a few weeks, we wash way the decorations, bake, and puree the pumpkins. Now we have pumpkin puree for yummy desserts, and a chance to decorate again! Decorate, rinse, cook, repeat-thrifty!
So, let’s get started!
First, I lay down a few disposable table covers to cover …wait for it…the floor; you’re gonna pat yourself on that back for this when it’s time to clean up! We buy mini pumpkins for all the kids and let them choose from the pile. This year I’m putting the pumpkins out in the yard, so the kids “pick” their pumpkins before they get started.
- OK, for each of the kids, I picked up plastic deviled egg platters at the dollar store. The goal is to have them walk around table, gather their crafting supplies, then sit back at their seats. Now, they’ll have all their supplies within reach and won’t have to push and reach to get what they want. Clever!
- Speaking of Dollar store & crafting supplies-Go, stock up, save money! I stop at a couple different locations a few times before the party date and grab whatever they have in the crafting isle-Feathers, google eye push pins, stickers, glitter glue, sticky back foam shapes, pipe cleaner even tissue paper. Just grab whatever you can find; you’ll see how creative the kids get!
- For the adults I found these AWESOME disposable adult coloring coffee cups at Five Below! We want to be crafty to
- I also use food for crafting. I’ve seen variations of this idea all over Pinterest. Cut up some apples and lay out chocolates, caramel, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, crushed up cookies, whatever else your sweet tooth desires.
- This year, I’m going to let the kids assemble their own cup of dirt pudding! I’ll be putting out a big bowl of pudding, crushed up cookies or cereal ($ saving tip) and a big bowl of gummy worms!
- I also get a big bag of pine cones for the kids to decorate. You can gather pine cones for free (another $ saving tip). Remember to bake them to remove any little bugs that might be hiding in there (there’s a how-to Pin on my Harvest Party Pinterest board)
- Of course, I also have harvest themed coloring pages and crayons; it’s all about keeping them occupied.
SO, these are my tried and true methods for entertaining the kiddies and even the adults! It’s always a super fun time, and just so much fun to come together and get silly.
Stay tuned for PART TWO…FOOD! I have tons of great ideas to make sure the food is a smash and you get to enjoy the party too!! Who wants to be tending to food while everyone else is partying?!
Share some of your favorite party entertaining tips, I’d love to hear!