Autumn is my favorite time of year! I love the cooler weather and no humidity after 100+ days towards the end of summer.
This year, since my son and his family moved back near home, I've decided to host a family dinner harvest-themed party, which will also include my daughter and her family. We don't really do halloween with all the super scary components of it, but we do participate
in the fun aspects with costumes and pumpkins and happy scarecrows, jack o'lanterns, and candy.
So the first thing I want to do is decorate. Many people around here decorate their yards and porches. I especially like the harvest theme.
I also love to decorate inside. Over the years, I've collected pumpkins and cornucopias and scarecrows. Here are my kitchen and dining room table centerpieces.
Scarecrows and pumpkins are tucked alongside the countertop and fireplace. I made the pumpkins in the photo on the right
below probably 35 years ago!
I also tuck harvest decorations in among the other arrangements I already have. And, of course, I have to have a pumpkin
My mother-in-law gave me this jack o'lantern about 35 years ago.
I've already shopped for paper products. With 13 people here, I'm NOT spending my time washing a bunch of dishes!
One of the things I really want to do is play games with the grandchildren. I've already shopped Dollar Tree and the dollar bin at Target. I found things they can play without supervision: puzzles,
a Halloween Bingo game (I'm sure the 9 year old will love to take charge of this one!), a picture search, a peg set, stickers, and coloring books.
I've also searched the Internet for group games to play with them. I plan to play a Dress the Scarecrow relay game, Pin the Nose on the Jack O'Lantern, Guess How Many Candy Corns Are in the Jar,
and a Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss.
Now I need to decide on the food and I'll be all set. I'm getting really excited. I love family get-togethers!