It’s not always easy getting a babysitter and getting together with your friends. A few years ago, Bill and I decided that the only way we were going to be able to get to spend time with all our friends was to host a big backyard Fall party that included adults and children.
We wanted the adults to have a good time and be able to socialize while the children were safely and happily occupied with activities.
We started hosting our annual Fall Bash party. With a little organizing and planning, adults and children were perfectly content hanging in our backyard for a few hours.
Kids were greeted at the party with a Trail Mix Bar. We put stickers out so each child could personalize their own little bag that they then filled with sweet and salty goodies to snack on while they played in the backyard.
Kids of all ages loved customizing their snack bags!
While the kids made their own Trail Mix bags, adults were invited to mix their own drinks at our Cider Bar. Adult guests were welcome to pour their own cider and if desired, spike it! We also provided some Autumn drink menus on these mini chalkboards for those that were looking for a fun concoction to mix. We also filled our wheelbarrow with waters, sodas, juice boxes and seasonal beers for guests.
Let’s talk food…we needed to have simple, tasty, and portable food that would make all ages smile. Who doesn’t love tacos? Each year, we put together a Walking Taco Table. It was always a huge hit!The taco meat could be prepared the day before and heated right in the crock pot. Super simple to set up the day of the party!Grab a bag of Fritos, crush your chips, and fill the bag with your favorite toppings! Easy!
We also prepared corndogs for the kids, though most of the adults were excited to munch on these too.We made a large crock of soup and kept it warm on the grill burner. This was perfect for a cool Fall day.While the adults mingled, the little ones were so happy to play in the yard with our organized Fall games and activities.
The boys and girls loved knocking out the bowling pins with the gourd!Tossing the hula-hoops around the oversized pumpkins was a blast!We had fun spooky face stickers for the kids to decorate a small pumpkin with.We also had a huge oversized pumpkin for the kids to adorn. We used a Sharpie to draw designs on the pumpkin and then the kiddies used small hammers and golf tees to decorate it! So fun!!!
We even invited the kids to a pumpkin throwing contest! After all the outdoor fun, we couldn’t forget about dessert! The kitchen table was adorned with sweet treats that could be enjoyed at the end of the party or packaged to take home.
At the end of the party, the yard is always a mess…but it’s so worth it! The kids are happy, yet worn out and the parents are smiling from a day of adult socializing.
What are some other backyard party ideas?