There are so many things to consider when planning a child's birthday party, and fall is the perfect time to celebrate with all of the fun activities that the season has to offer. If you're looking for some great birthday party ideas and activities for fall in Anne Arundel County, we've got you covered!
Choose a Theme
Half the fun of autumn is decorating for the season! So fall is a fantastic time to choose a festive theme for your child's birthday party.
Depending on when your kiddo's actual birth date is, you can pick a fun fall theme to base the party around. If their birthday is closer to October 31st, you can plan a spooky-themed party with games and activities centered around all things Halloween.
If their birthday is in September, early October or November, or if they're too young for scary Halloween fun, you can go with a more general autumn theme: think pumpkins, leaves, apples and warm autumn colors.
Pick the Perfect Anne Arundel Party Location
Anne Arundel County is home to so many beautiful parks and outdoor spaces that would make the perfect backdrop for a fall birthday party. You can rent out a pavilion or picnic area very affordably. This would give you access to picnic tables, grill stations and plenty of open space for games and activities.
We also recommend checking out local farms and pumpkin patches - many of them offer party packages complete with food, games and access to all of their fall-themed attractions. If you live in our new townhome community, The Towns at Parke West, then Knightongale Farm is just a short drive away and would make a great party location!
The weather can be a bit unpredictable in the fall, so you'll want to have a backup plan in case it rains on the day of the party. Many community centers, recreation departments and even local hotels with conference rooms will let you rent a space for a few hours at a very reasonable rate.
Bonus Tip: Once you have your location, decide on the date and time and send out invitations right away - with the holidays approaching, many people's schedules fill up fast!
Seasonal Activities and Games
Now that you've chosen a great theme and location, it's time to start planning some fun activities to keep the kids entertained at the party.
For a Halloween-themed party, you can set up a pumpkin carving or painting station, have a costume parade, or an after-dark scavenger hunt with lanterns.
If you're going with a more general fall theme, a nature hike or caramel apple decorating station would be a big hit with the kids. And here are a few other fall party activity ideas for any age!
Festive Fall Party Menu
Fall is the time for cozy comfort foods and sweet treats, so take advantage of the seasonal bounty and incorporate it into your party menu.
From the drinks to the dessert and everything in between, there are so many ways to work seasonal flavors into your birthday party menu.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Hot chocolate bar with all the fixings (caramel, marshmallows, whipped cream, etc.)
- Hot and cold apple cider with real apples and cinnamon sticks
- Chili or soup in a slow cooker with cornbread on the side
- Pumpkin spice cupcakes or cake
- Apple cider donuts (for sleepover breakfast the next morning!)
For more menu ideas, check out this article with 70 fall recipes!
We hope you enjoyed these fall birthday party ideas and that they inspired you to start planning a fun-filled birthday celebration for your little one!