Every year that my daughters have a birthday, I am reminded of how thankful I am to be their mom and also how far I have grown as a person by being their mom. There are so many things that I never thought I could or would do that get me out of my “comfort zone”, but when I do them, the feeling I get is so rewarding. And, I always want to encourage other moms out there that may have been where I was.
In the past couple of years, I have been known to throw some pretty fun kids parties at my house with amazingly healthy food that looks “pretty” and very “creative”. The secret is that it is really simple and fun, I promise you! (If it wasn’t, I would never be able to do it! ) I never thought I could throw a kids party and cater the entire thing and that it would actually turn out good and be healthy at the same time!
For some of you amazing moms out there that this comes naturally to, you may be laughing or rolling your eyes at me right now. However, the moms out there that understand where I am coming from are probably soaking up every word and can’t wait for the “step by step” party plan right? LOL!
Well, my daughter, Riley just turned 6, and we had a Fall Costume Birthday Bash in the backyard. I love my family, and all I can say is that this party was a family affair, and we celebrated BIG! We loved every moment of it! Ahhh to be 6 again! 🙂
I wanted to share this with you because the party activities and recipes are great for any Fall Party. I also want to encourage all the moms and dads out there to plan more parties at home! It can be so fun and so rewarding! Below is what we did at our Fall Birthday Bash for Riley. Remember you can turn this into any Fall adult or kid party or birthday party.
I hope this encourages someone today! No matter what, just know that you can do it! Celebrate BIG and Celebrate Healthy!
Fall Party Activities Checklist. You can do these the entire month of October and on Halloween day or night:
1.) Hang a Piñata – You can pick up a fun piñata at Party City or the Dollar Store and fill it like we did with Non-Candy items like stickers, tattoos and rings. This is a much healthier way to have a piñata at your party.
2.) Old Fashioned Sack Races – Easy! Just find some cute sacks or sturdy bags and have the kids (or adults) race each other in the backyard.
3.) Pumpkin Bowling – lay hay bails down in two rows and join them at the end. We used small pumpkins without the stems for the bowling balls, and used plastic 2 liter bottles for bowling pins!
4.) Picture “scene” with scarecrows and hay bails. Place some hail bails and pumpkins on the ground and stand some cute scarecrows on top. You can find the scarecrows at Michaels or another craft store. Lowes or other hardware stores carry hay bails, and you can get pumpkins at any grocery store or pumpkin patch.
5.) You can also bring someone in to do Face Painting, or do your own face painting on the children’s faces.
6.) Another great idea is to have someone make Balloon Animals for the kids.
Here are the food items I served at Riley’s Fall Birthday Bash.
1.) “Fall for Sushi” Black Rice Turkey Pinwheels: Black Rice wraps filled with turkey, hummus, carrots and lettuce. Sliced into pinwheels, and garnished with black and orange chips.
2.) Tangerine Pumpkins: So easy! Peel tangerines and then stick a small celery stick in the top to make “pumpkins”!
4.) Healthy Pumpkin Face: Simply place carrots in a large round, shallow bowl or plate. Wedge in the celery sticks for the “stalk”, black chips for the “eyes” and a small container of healthy dip for the “mouth”.
5.) Desert: We had a fun cake made at a local bakery that was DELICIOUS! However, I do have a great “cake mix” that you may want to try. I personally didn’t want to take any chances trying to make the special 2 layer fun cake Riley wanted! I was feeling pretty great about everything else I could make, so I left the cake to the professional baker! 🙂
Be sure to check out my Healthy Halloween Blog to find other food items I served at Riley’s party as well as healthy recipes and a grocery list!