The temperature is dropping, the sun is setting sooner, and leaves are turning color. Fall is here and it brings with it a variety of seasonal activities that friends and family can enjoy together.
Pumpkin Carving Party
This party could start a few different ways. Party goers could supply the pumpkins themselves. The host (hostess) could supply pumpkins for the guests. Finally, everyone attending could visit a pumpkin farm together to pick off the vine. Be sure to check with local farms to ensure pumpkins will be ready to be picked.
No matter which way the party gets started a list of supplies that will be needed. Make sure you have enough newspaper or something similar to cover counter space or table space to minimize the mess. This will also make cleanup much easier. Each attendee carving a pumpkin will need a proper knife. A proper knife should be long enough to go through the flesh of a pumpkin and sharp enough to cut well. A dull knife can increase the risk of someone cutting herself (himself). Once the pumpkins are opened up the seeds and other innards will need to be scooped out. An ideal tool for this is a metal spoon. The edge of a metal spoon is great for disconnecting the stringy mess inside a pumpkin from the walls. A bowl for each person would be great for discarding the innards. (Once out, the seeds can be cleaned then roasted for a great fall snack!)
Every party needs refreshments. A great seasonal treat to consider might be candy corn. It’s around all year round, but it just seems to taste better during the fall. Maple leaf cookies, though not traditional, make an attractive autumnal decoration. They are also delicious and their taste profile pairs well with apples. Hot apple cider makes a cool fall evening a little warmer and would make a perfect finish to a pumpkin carving party.
Getting apples from a grocery store is convenient, but visiting a local farm and picking apples directly from the tree is an adventure. Many local farms will start advertising in September. Local newspapers will generally have information about the picking season. Some farms will even put out signs along major roads advertising when they have apples ready to pick.
Most farms will have a hayride out to the orchards. So, bring some friends and make a day of it. Depending on how late into the season it is, some of the apples may be a bit soft or rotten. Allotting plenty of time at the farm assures more time to inspect the fruit. After gathering fruit, be sure to stop in at the gift shop, if one is available. The farmer’s shop may offer homemade cider or candied apples. Some gift shops have adjoining bakeries.
Apples alone are a great, healthy snack. But the internet is full of great apple recipes. A quick search should bring up a good caramel apple recipe, as well as a good apple crisp or apple pie recipe. After bringing the apples home, consider bringing friends and bake up some sweet apple treats.
Bake a Spooky Night Sky with a Full Moon
This activity is more geared toward children. With fall comes Halloween. This quick and easy recipe makes a great seasonal dessert or a nice after trick-or-treating treat.
Start with a brownie recipe. Homemade recipes are great, but a box recipe will work too. Bake as directed and let the brownies cool thoroughly. The only other things needed are white chocolate melting discs and powdered sugar.
Cut the cool brownies into two inch by two inch or three inch by three inch squares. The white chocolate discs are placed on the brownie square to be a full moon. Then, dust with powdered sugar so the sugar looks like wispy clouds. Children will love getting to help in the kitchen and creating edible pieces of art.
The fall season is just the beginning of the holidays. Try one of these fun activities with friends or family and enjoy the togetherness.