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Celebrating Fall - Part I 
 
Oct. 18, 2012 1:46 pm 
Updated: Oct. 24, 2012 7:24 pm

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 teapot!



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! 




 
Comments
Oct. 18, 2012 2:12 pm
Great Blog Paula
 
Oct. 18, 2012 2:14 pm
Hi Paula,your pictures are lovely,snoopy is always part of halloween."Where's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Browm?"|I wish i had your decorating talent.
 
Oct. 18, 2012 2:14 pm
Everything looks great. I especially love the praying pilgrims.
 
Oct. 18, 2012 2:18 pm
Dress the Scarecrow relay was part of my elder son's 11 Yr. B'day party (ever so long ago) and such a hit. Lots of fun. Your decorating is delightful, as is your insight as to why fall is so often the favorite season for many in the humid ares... so great to be able to breathe again!
 
Oct. 18, 2012 2:31 pm
Wonderfully decorated, very nice. Love that you got games lined up for them.
 
Oct. 18, 2012 4:08 pm
Paula, absolutely darling Fall Decorations. I love how you a little pumpkin on the candle stick. Great ideas. thanks for sharing.
 
Oct. 18, 2012 4:57 pm
Paula, I love fall season as well. I do not have any decorations :( I love yours! Especially the center piece with the praying girl and boy. I love the tea pot too! Oh, how wonderful to have your children and grandchildren! How many grandchildren do you have? Oh, they will love the games! Seems like you thought of everything.
 
Oct. 18, 2012 5:04 pm
Me and my wife do not celebrate halloween, but I do like some of the decorations.
 
Paula 
Oct. 18, 2012 5:05 pm
BRITISHBAKER - Thanks for stopping by. MANELLA - What talent? But thanks for the compliment.
 
Paula 
Oct. 18, 2012 5:15 pm
MARIE C - I love those praying pilgrims too. I left some of the Thanksgiving decorations to be pulled out later, but I just had to get those little praying pilgrims out now! HEZZY_TANT - Glad to hear the Dress the Scarecrow relay was a success at your son's b'day party, even if it was so very long ago :) I'm hoping my little ones enjoy it too.
 
Paula 
Oct. 18, 2012 5:16 pm
SASSY and CANDICE - So glad you stopped by. Thanks for your kind comments.
 
Paula 
Oct. 18, 2012 5:26 pm
LUV2COOK and KINGSPARTA - I've never celebrated Halloween except for letting the kids dress up and go trick or treating at church and to good friends' homes. I just can't get into all the creepy, scary stuff. But I love pumpkins (their looks and their taste) and cornucopias and scarecrows. I like the whole harvest idea and being thankful for it. Thanks for stopping by.
 
Oct. 18, 2012 5:52 pm
Wow! I'm totally impressed. Paula you've outdone yourself. Great blog and photos.
 
Paula 
Oct. 18, 2012 9:08 pm
Thanks, bd.weld, but don't be impressed. Really, nothing but just a bunch of stuff I've collected through quite a few years of marriage :)
 
Oct. 18, 2012 9:15 pm
Beautiful decorating, Paula and you have lucky grands with the effort you are making to entertain them.
 
Oct. 19, 2012 4:09 am
Very nice fall decorations Paula. I decorate more for fall than Halloween, that way I don't have two months to enjoy them. I love the 35 year old Jack-O-Lantern...things like that are so special.
 
Oct. 19, 2012 4:11 am
oops...I do have two months...think I was thinking don't have to take them down for two months...need more coffee.
 
Paula 
Oct. 19, 2012 5:32 am
SHERRI - Yes, having two months to enjoy the same decorations is a plus with the fall decorations. I have a few turkeys that I will pull out after my Halloween party, but otherwise, the decorations stay the same. BIGSHOTSMOM - The older I get, the more nostalgic I get. I love the things I've had for years and years, and I find that my adult children love them too.
 
Oct. 19, 2012 11:50 am
Very nice Paula. Everything is beautiful, isn't it nice to have family to share it with? You are making memories that will last a life time.
 
Vicky 
Oct. 19, 2012 12:19 pm
Inquiring minds want to know what costume YOU plan to wear! And you can't dress as a grandmother!!
 
Paula 
Oct. 19, 2012 1:20 pm
BAKING NANA - Thank you so much. And, yes, I'm thrilled to have family to share it with. I love being around each and every one of them! VICKY - I may just have to dress as a grandmother! Although I did think about wearing one of dresses I wore at one of the kid's weddings, waving a wand and saying "Bippity, Boppity, Boo" all night. Think I'd pass as a fairy godmother?
 
Bibi 
Oct. 19, 2012 2:39 pm
Great photos, Paula! Martha Stewart has nothing on you!
 
Paula 
Oct. 20, 2012 4:51 am
Awww, Bibi. You are so sweet. Thank you.
 
J. Dub 
Oct. 22, 2012 1:11 pm
Very nice decorating. I really like your silver tea pot lamp. You'll do great at the menu. Don't forget warm apple cider with cinnamon sticks!
 
Paula 
Oct. 22, 2012 5:55 pm
Thanks, J. Dub. I was thinking about having an orange sherbet punch, but now you've got me rethinking that! Hmmmm....
 
 
 
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I'm a wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 6. I love to cook. I especially like to cook new and different recipes. I don't like to have the same meals week after week. My husband has decided it really doesn't matter whether he likes a new recipe or not because he won't see it again for a very long time anyway!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook entrees and desserts. I like preparing good, down-to-earth cooking. I also decorate cakes, mostly for the grandchildren now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
My cooking triumphs
Cake decorating: wedding cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes: Little Pirate, Cinderella, Elmo, Strawberry Shortcake. My friends call me Betty Crocker. When my daughter got married, she had a bridal shower where the guests were asked to write something on an apron. My best friend told her if she needed a recipe or help in the kitchen to ask her mother. If she needed a good place to eat out, ask her.
My cooking tragedies
A 4 tier huge wedding cake that fell apart at 2:00am. Thankfully, I still had time to salvage the cake.
 
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