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Now that fall has officially arrived, we can’t stop thinking about sweater weather, apple picking, and jumping into piles of colourful leaves. And let’s not forget fall fairs! If your kiddo has a fall birthday, a fall fair-themed party is the perfect way to celebrate their big day, no matter their age. Here’s a little inspiration to help you get started.
Kick things off with a cute custom invite from Etsy that can be printed and mailed, or e-mailed to guests.
Setting the Scene
The great thing about this theme is that it can be as low-key as you’d like. If you’ve got the space, considering transforming your backyard into a fairground to give the party that authentic “fall fair” feel. Welcome little guests to the fair with printable “admit one” tickets for games and snacks, and then let them join the fun!
When it comes to decorating for your fall fair, keep it simple! A DIY tassel garland or a no-sew fabric bunting banner in fall colours is a nice touch, along with displays of pumpkins and miniature hay bales.
You can find plenty of fall-themed décor and party supplies at your local craft store or dollar store at this time of year, which is ideal for keeping your budget in check. And the best part? You can leave most of your party decorations up all season long!
What would a fall fair be without games? Keep kids entertained with a series of activities tailored to their age group and ability level. Bobbing for apples, ring toss, sack races (tip: find king-sized pillow cases at your local thrift store for this one!) and beanbag toss are all great ideas that are easy to pull together. For an extra-fun challenge, try a few rounds of pin the nose on the scarecrow.
A fall-themed craft is also a fun way to keep party guests amused. Since fall is apple season, try an easy apple-stamping activity and let little ones decorate plain white t-shirts or canvas bags with painted apple stamps. (It makes for a unique party souvenir, too!).
Create a fall fair menu with food that reflects the flavours of the season, as well as some classic fair eats. Fresh popcorn and apple chips make great munchies, while corn dogs and corn on the cob will keep little bellies nice and full. And don’t forget the apple cider! Hot or cold, it’s a must.
When it comes to dessert, use your imagination! A simple apple or pumpkin spice cake is perfect for the occasion, but you could always think outside the box and serve up some blue ribbon-worthy pie instead. Whatever you choose, be sure to top with a miniature bunting banner for a special finishing touch.
At the end of the party, send guests on their way with caramel or candy apples. You could even package fresh apples with a container of homemade caramel sauce for an extra-special treat.