Despite what the holiday displays in your favorite stores want you to believe, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the remaining days of fall. Put on your favorite sweater and grab a pumpkin spice treat because we’ve got the go-to list to ensure your family enjoys the last days of our favorite season!
- Visit the pumpkin patch.
The pumpkin patch is the perfect place to choose the gourd that best fits your family. Display your pumpkin outside of your front door or incorporate it into your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Pumpkin patches also offer great activities for the whole family to include: hay rides, seasonal foods, fun slides, corn mazes, face painting and more. It’s also a great backdrop for seasonal photos!
- Host a pumpkin carving contest.
Invite families over for an afternoon of fall fun! Ask each family to bring the pumpkin and any basic template for their design, provide carving supplies, snacks and a prize for the winners. Designate a panel of judges and let the friendly competition begin!
- Attend a sporting event.
Fall offers the perfect weather to attend an outdoor sporting event. If you’re looking for a fun adventure, attend an NFL game. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, consider attending your area high school’s homecoming game. It’s always a great time, and it’s a fraction of the cost!
- Host a football party!
Choose a game day and have friends over for an afternoon of food, fun, and football. Keep it simple. Lay out yummy snacks, pull out activities for the little ones and let the game be the entertainment!
- Go on a nature walk.
The days of comfortable temperatures and beautiful foliage are numbered so, grab the family and enjoy a nice walk. Take a stroll through a park. Enjoy the sights and shops of downtown. Visit your local art displays and museums. Get up, get out, and get together! The fall weather is perfect for the outdoor quality time.
- Take family photos.
Fall family photos offer the perfect opportunity to capture warm and pleasant smiles in a beautiful setting. The season’s fashion options are endless while its weather is better for hair and skin (frizz and sweat? Ain’t nobody got time for that!). Many photographers offer mini sessions and deals for photos this time of year and, considering the rapidly approaching holidays; you can include them in your Christmas cards!
- Bake seasonal treats.
With fall comes bake sales! If your local schools, teams, and organizations aren’t hosting sales, search online for an awesome fall-specific dessert and, as a family, whip together something yummy. After dinner, bring it out and enjoy the yummy fruits of your labor!
- Host a Friendsgiving.
A Friendsgiving is an opportunity for hosts to bring the people they care about together into one space without the conflict of holiday schedules. This event is flexible and can be organized any time around Thanksgiving. How cool would it be to host a potluck or a brunch or a spaghetti dinner in lieu of traditional holiday foods?
- Make a thankful tree.
Pull out pieces of cardstock, invite family to write what they are thankful for, read them aloud together and decide how to display them in your home. Consider making a banner or tying them to a decorative tree. You can even scribble on a table runner made of kraft paper and use it as décor until after Thanksgiving.
- Enjoy a s’more fun family date.
Purchase the supplies for s’mores (graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate and additional toppings). Set-up a fire pit and let the fun begin. Project a movie outside, turn on the jams, play games that require you to get up and move to keep the fun going!
Take this time as an opportunity to reflect on the things that, like the leaves on trees, have changed over the past year while celebrating the best of life with the people who matter most. Summer has faded into fall, and with our go-to guide, you’re sure to make it fabulous!
Written By: Tabitha Keese, founder of https://shipwreckedonfabulousisland.blogspot.com/ and Staff Writer, Modern Domestic
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