It’s that time of year again… FALL!
And when I asked my neighbors (Emme & Gretta) if they were ready to retire our annual tradition, the…
“Welcome Fall Picnic”
I was sure they would both say “yes”.
But instead, they both said “NOOOOO WAY”!
(secretly… I was thrilled!) 😉
So, I quickly pulled a menu & activities together for us all to enjoy.
We’ve held our annual picnic in The Seasonal Home’s
front yard, back yard & even on the front porch.
[Below are some photos from last year’s]
This year, the girls decided it should be a brunch inside.
And because I’ve been super busy lately, I kept the decorations simple –
Dollar Store paper leaves hanging from the chandelier.
And a simple menu too: homemade French Toast
I found some fun cup clings for $1 (at Dollar General), so everyone decorated their own cup
AND chose their favorite drink…. Apple Cider, OJ or Milk
Because we celebrate ALL of Fall’s Special Days (Fall, Halloween & Thanksgiving) during the picnic,
I pulled out some of my Thanksgiving crackers
and everyone had so much fun
reading the turkey jokes inside, wearing the paper crowns & adding the trinkets into our craft project!
After our yummy breakfast, we began creating Fall or Halloween houses on my latest find… re-usable, plastic candy cottage forms.
We loved it that we could use regular frosting to decorate our cottages…
AND that we will be able to re-use them on future holidays.
But, we also realized that they should be placed in the freezer (to harden) for a few minutes
after applying decorations to each side.
We learned this the hard way when Ashley (Baby Henry’s Mommy!) created a nice neat layer of frosting & skeleton family candies
only to have them slightly slide.
The good news: we LOVED the new SPOOKY & GHOSTLY design her happy accident created! LOL
And here’s the end result of everyone’s creativity…
We also tried our hand at making caramel apples
by melting a package of (unwrapped) caramels (on low) with 3/4 cup of Half & Half,
rolling a few of them in chopped pecans, coconut and/or chocolate chips
and letting them harden on a buttered piece of waxed paper.
In no time at all, they were cooled & ready to eat!
Last, but not least… I always give the girls little boxes with inexpensive Fall treats in them.
This year, I found glow-in-the-dark strips (to apply to their Halloween costumes),
Halloween stick-ons (for their nails),
a Cadbury “Halloween Egg”
and a small music gift card.
Our cottages & apples weren’t perfect, but
we had creative fun and made another year of memories during our day together!