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Themed Parties: A Relaxed Fall Party

It’s no secret that I am a professional rodeo clown when it comes to family life. OK, I’m not *really* a rodeo clown, but I feel like one. Because of my busy schedule I look for the most bang for my buck, as they say.

Host a big, lavish kid party? No thank you. However, I do love relaxed themed parties. Any party that involves having fun, happy kids and very little work beforehand is my kinda bash.

My best advice is don’t even look at a Pinterest board full of party ideas. You’ll just get depressed because you can’t bake a gluten-free 15 foot tall cake shaped like a cornucopia and sew your own pilgrim outfits. Keep expectations low and your level of fun is guaranteed to be higher.

Here are some of my favorite tips on how to have a relaxed Fall themed neighborhood party:

1. Have the kids make signs and have a parade. Sure, they will only be marching up and down the street, but the pictures will be awesome!

2. Have all the neighbors bring a covered dish and have a fun lunch outside.

3. Buy prizes for little games at your local dollar store. The kids love junky prizes as much as pricey ones.

  • Lucky Ducks! 1 of 6
    Lucky Ducks!
    Yes, we used a baby pool for the lucky duck game because we keep it low key.
  • Spin the wheel of prizes 2 of 6
    Spin the wheel of prizes
    Making a wheel is easier than you think. Five dollars at your local craft store and you are ready to go.
  • Ball toss 3 of 6
    Ball toss
    (Not the same game you played in college!)
  • Prizes can be awesome & inexpensive at the same time. 4 of 6
    Prizes can be awesome & inexpensive at the same time.
    Who says you need to buy out the local toy section? A bowl of erasers keeps kids happy.
  • No Fall party is complete without prizes like dayglo vampire teeth and cheap cowboy hats. 5 of 6
    No Fall party is complete without prizes like dayglo vampire teeth and cheap cowboy hats.
    He is a party animal.
  • Facepainting 6 of 6
    Be sure to buy the right paint for face painting. No cutting corners here. :)


How about you? Do you have any tips for having relaxed low-key gatherings?

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