16 Party Ideas for a Fall Birthday
I have a late November birthday, and I remember growing up thinking all the really cool kids had summer birthdays. They are the ones who got to plan parties anywhere in the world because everything is open and everyone is off work and able to attend. Their parties included poolside fun in the sun, theme parks, picnics, and cool food. The best I could hope for was that my birthday would fall on Thanksgiving and we'd be able to get together with family.
Now, my own two children have November birthdays as well. Having children in the fall made me remember what it was like for me growing up, and it made me more determined to be creative about their birthday parties. I wanted them to have a blast in spite of the limited options available compared to the envied summer kids.
What Kind of Party Can You Have in the Fall?
Here are a few fall birthday ideas that I have used over the years. These activities are geared towards teens, but you can adapt these party ideas to suit any age, from kids to adults.
- Visit a corn maze. There are corn mazes all over the United States, and I bet that there's one is near you. Kids of all ages love mazes. It also makes a great date activity for adults of all ages.
- Have a scavenger hunt. I have had several scavenger hunts and everyone loves them. You can one within a confined area, or you can do one where the adults actually drive the kids around town. Make sure all drivers are responsible, and it doesn't hurt to give them some gas money to help out. Some people restrict their scavenger hunts to a popular mall to minimize costs.
- Organize a riddles-and-clues hunt. This is a little more difficult to create, but at an actual party like this we did two years ago, the kids had a blast.
- Plan a themed party indoors. This works because the weather can sometimes be unpredictable in the fall. Western themes are particularly popular in the fall, because here in central Texas we hold our county fair and rodeo here in the fall. You could even have a bonfire—just make sure to check your city council for regulations, and check that conditions aren't too dry or windy.
- Visit a local museum. Almost every town has a museum of some sort. Many places give discounts to groups of 10 or more. Plan ahead so that you can take advantage of matinee prices or group discounts.
- Go bowling. Almost everyone loves to wear those silly shoes and throw a few gutter balls. Many bowling alleys serve pizza and allow outside cakes to be brought in.
- Rent an inflatable. Many inflatable companies offer discounts in the fall. Check their policy on bad weather. The fall is a great time for kids to bounce outside because they don't get overheated. You will be amazed at the variety of inflatables you can rent. There are all kinds of inflatables: obstacle courses, jousting, bungee running, hoop shooting, and many more!
- Host a movie party. More and more people have large screen TVs. For a twist, have the guests bring their favorite movie and ask them to dress up like someone in the movie. You could even have fake awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, etc. Most party supply stores carry lots of supplies for this type of party. Weather-permitting, you might be able to set up something outside in a covered patio or in the garage with the door open.
- Kids love to karaoke. Many people have their own karaoke machine, but they are relatively inexpensive to rent. There are even some DJs around that host karaoke parties. Shop early for good prices. In the months leading up to Christmas, DJs don't mind a little extra cash.
- Indoor rock climbing. You can do this if your child's friends are athletic. You can haul a couple of carloads of young kids to an indoor rock-climbing facility just over an hour away. It should be fun!
- Play some video games. Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution are fun for both boys and girls. If you have some popular video games, kids love to gather to play them together. For an added twist, have the guests dress like their favorite rock star or dancer.
- Organize an America's Best Dance Crew Party. Because of the popular MTV show, most teenagers are familiar with America's Best Dance Crew. You can have a mini dance competition where two groups compete against each other. You can make this elaborate by handing out music assignments with their party invitations or you can keep it simple and give them a piece of music to dance to at the party.
- Have a football party. Invite all the kids over for a Sunday afternoon football game. Be sure to have lots of drinks and finger foods, like chips and pretzels.
- Make Weiner roasts/smores over an open fire. Make sure there is adequate supervision and that the weather conditions are right.
- Create a poker party for older teens. All you need is a deck of cards. Poker chips are optional but make it a lot of fun. Poker chips can be found rather inexpensively almost anywhere.
- Host a slumber or pajama party. Kids love staying up late and gossiping. This is another great opportunity for finger foods.
What Kind of Decorations Can You Use?
The closer your party is to Halloween, the spookier themes you can use in your decorating ideas. Skeletons, bats, witches, jack-o-lanterns, and ghosts make good decorations. The closer you get to Thanksgiving, the more you can utilize fall leaves, pumpkins, ornamental corn, gourds, and scarecrows.
Food for the party could include:
- Rice Krispy treats: You can make variations by adding orange and black sprinkles or peanut butter to the recipe.
- Cupcakes: The toppings and color-combinations are endless!
- Dirt cake:This is made with crushed Oreos that resemble dirt. You can add little tombstones or worms, too.
- Caramel apples
- Candied apples
- Popcorn balls