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How to Throw a Harvest Party

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As a child, I used to love the local harvest festival in my home town. It was a time to celebrate the changing of the seasons with food and several fun activities and crafts. So if Halloween is just not your thing, or you want to try something a little different this year, hosting a harvest party instead would make for a great alternative.

Today we are going to provide you with a step-by-step guide to throwing an amazing harvest festival that all your friends and family will love.

Have a Harvest Party

The first thing you are going to want to do is send out your invites to let everyone know you’re having your shindig. We suggest getting all crafty and creating hand-made invitations. You can use fall leaves, real miniature pumpkins, or other cute fall related items. For inspiration, check out your local craft store or farmers’ market. Make sure to include all the needed information for the party and hand deliver them if you can. If you need something ASAP, then check out www.evite.com for fun fall-themed email options.

For your decor items, you need to use things that inspire feelings of the fall season. That is unless you are choosing to have a themed harvest party, like Oktoberfest for instance. For a standard fall themed harvest party, your local party supply store should have many of the items you’re going to need, like tablecloths, place settings, napkins, fake autumn leaves, and much more.

You can also check out your local farmers’ market and purchase some apples, pumpkins and gourds. Other fun decor items you can even get for free. Scour your neighborhood for pinecones and acorns and use these as accents or incorporate them into your centerpieces.

Speaking of using pumpkins for the decor, you should also have a pumpkin carving and craft station. Some will want to carve a pumpkin for Halloween while others might prefer to paint and decorate their pumpkins with glitter and ribbon. This is a great idea especially if you’re having lots of little boys and girls at your party.

You can also make this crafty idea into a game, or contest. You can have one contest for pumpkin carving and one for decorating. Even more, you can give out prizes for different categories. Here are some ideas for you to use: Best Jack O’ Lantern face, Funniest Expression, Most Artistic, or even an award for the worst carved or tackiest decorated pumpkin.

Another fun and fail-proof entertainment idea is the tried and true apple bobbing contest. This game actually dates back to when the Romans invaded the British, and people are still playing it today. Just be sure to have plenty of towels on the floor, and for everyone to use to dry off with. You’ll have enough of mess to clean up later without all the water.

Ring toss is also a great idea. All you need are a few large pumpkins with big stems. Line the pumpkins up and have your party guests stand at different distances while tossing rings for points. You can even create teams or have one-on-one matches. The one with the most points wins a door prize.

If you have the means, finish off your night with a warm and cozy fire in your fire pit. You can roast marshmallows, make S’mores, and tell funny or scary stories.

Raleigh Caterers for Your Harvest Party | Catering by Design

Do you want to relax and enjoy the holidays this year? Call Catering by Design! We’re the most affordable of the Raleigh caterers in the Triangle. We offer many great holiday catering menus that can be customized to your needs. Give us a call today and take this year off.