We had very limited time to prepare and it would be a rush job, but we decided to have the party in our barn.
I started out by downloading free halloween label templates from the internet to dress up a few wine bottles.
I also tied a little raffia, added a spider and spider web to a few.
cookies for Christmas,
appetizers on New Year's,
you get the idea.
I found an idea I really like on a Blog about Rustic Fall Parties. The backdrop could be anything really, but something to go with the party theme. I made a backdrop of sorts: Cornstalks, pumpkins, mums and a store bought banner kids.
I also found photos of a backdrop I just love on Flickr. The photographer's husband made this backdrop and tree for his school's fall carnival. This appears to be made by painting a sheet and cutting the tree out of cardboard, add a bale of straw and a couple of pumpkins and you have one unbelievable backdrop!
A more sanitary variation of the game now exists, so no "germs" are shared, with the apples hung on string on a line, rather than in a bowl of water.
Maybe I will hang them from a beautiful fall tree next year.
Our party was done at the last minute and without much time for planning. If you think a barn party might be something you want to do, here are a few websites to check out:
- Rustic Barn Wedding Ideas
- Farm/Barn party inspiration/ideas
- Modern Farm" party
- Good Foods for a Barn Party
- George Eliot
- Henry Beston, Northern Farm