Annual “Welcome Fall Picnic” (2013)
Written by on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Our “Welcome Fall Picnic” tradition began 6 years ago when I invited my sweet, little neighbors to join me

for an impromptu picnic, of popcorn & lemonade, to celebrate Fall’s arrival.

Although the event has grown and it was 90 degrees outside (this weekend), we still welcomed Fall

and got a head start on the day’s heat by changing our lunch to a Fall breakfast.

So, please join our celebration (virtually) and I hope it inspires you to create your own “Welcome Fall Picnic”….


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I love my new benches, rescued from a neighbor.
A new coat of paint made them “like new” again!


HELPFUL HINT: Need an instant chandelier? Hang a multi-candle holder and add leaves & flowers!
{see next photo}

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I found the plates, bowls & drink pitcher on the summer clearance aisle and spent less than $10 total!

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HELPFUL HINT: A length of burlap fabric creates the perfect Fall tablecloth!


Consider decorating with Pine Straw (vs. hay) for Fall. Afterwards, it makes a great mulch in your garden! 🙂

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Check out how great my painted table (a project from last Spring) looks in this Fall setting too!


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HELPFUL HINT: Mini Pumpkins keep glasses bug-free!


I heart the budget-friendly Fall glasses I found @ the dollar store!


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so it’s time to eat!

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Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes, a side of real Maple Syrup and the last of the summer fruit harvest… yum!

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Check out my homemade fruit cream recipe under the RECIPE tab


It’s amazing what you can do with some fall leaves, a jar of Mod Podge and dollar tree vases…

Wash the vase, clean any remaining residue with rubbing alcohol & dry.

Add a layer of Mod Podge, then Fall leaves and finally, a 2nd layer of Mod Podge (over the leaves).

Allow it to dry completely before adding a candle, flowers, pencils & pens, etc.

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Gretta looks for the right leaf – it makes all the difference!

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Emme & Gretta are pros at crafting!


The Mod Podge will look white while it’s drying

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Then it will dry with a slight haze, which only enhances candlelight!

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The Dollar Tree also has yummy-smelling pumpkin candles

Look at how beautiful they look at night… the perfect touch of Fall!

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Craft No. 2 is a touch of SpOOky Halloween fun!

Start saving your toilet paper rolls (trust me… this doesn’t take long! lol)

and check out how easy recycling them can be….

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The girls get started by using tiny scissors to carve out their SPOOKY creations…

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They really used their imaginations!

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A little black craft paint is the last step.

Once dry and glow sticks are placed inside,

we’ll have “eerie eyes” ready to peer out of our bushes on Halloween night!

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Eeek!  Guess I better get that game board hung up before those spiders take off!s_spider game

The girls try their hand at scoring BIG points in the Spider Darts game…

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Gretta was the first one to “score BIG” so Lilly Grace gave her an approving smile!

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The Girls loved their Halloween bracelets ~


and the fun of decorating their own lollipops…

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     We all hope you have a wonderful FALL!

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Enjoy the Creativity!



  1. ChristieB says:

    I absolutely love your picnic idea! Fall is my favorite time of the year! You are very creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Your decorating is amazing!! I go crazy with fall decorating Myself. I come alive at Fall time!

  3. deb maner says:

    Love your ideas. Thank you for sharing. I’m a crafter and always looking for new ideas. It keeps me in my happy place.

  4. Mary says:

    Oh Eileen !! as always you are soo creative!!! Reminds me, of me when I was young. Thanks sooo much for sharing

  5. Carrie says:

    Ooohh wow!!!! I love the picnic idea. Especially love the candle chandelier and the bracelets that you did! Amazing!!! Tutorial on both if possible!!!

  6. […] brought in the fall garland (used around my outdoor candle-lier at the Welcome Fall Picnic) to now, use in my Dining Room […]

  7. melinda harrelson says:

    Sooooo beautiful Eileen! Love it all!

    Melinda 🙂

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