As the kids are heading back to school, it is time to start pulling out the fall decorations and autumn activities. Autumn allows for beautiful displays of lavish earthy tones, pumpkins, gourds and an abundance of outdoor activities. This season also offers the perfect opportunity to spice up your décor with the help from the kids in their spare time.
As the leaves begin to change and fall, you can run outside to pick the best colors and bring them inside for a fun project. Mod podge them to a Mason jar and tie a hemp or mesh ribbon around the neck for a festive candle jar or pencil holder for the school room.
Once things start to cool down, it is always fun to visit the pumpkin patch to get ready for the annual carving contest. You can even pick some little pumpkins and gourds to bring home for the center of your table. If you’re not one for having real pumpkins as your centerpiece, you could create your own pumpkins using aluminum dryer vents. You simply coil them in a circle and spray paint them orange. Add a cinnamon stick to the center and you have a great looking centerpiece.
If you are looking for another fun outdoor activity, this time of year is perfect for visiting apple orchards with your family. Homestead Orchard in Maple Plain is a family farm which features 8,000 apple trees, strawberry and raspberry patches, pumpkin patches and a petting zoo. Applewood Orchard in Lakeville is also a lively apple-picking destination on the southern side of the metro.
Minnetonka Orchards is another great spot for apple picking as well as corn mazes and your furry friends are welcome to join. There are so many fun activities to enjoy! Once you find your way out of the maze, you can stop by the Brat house, Donut Hut, Caramel Apple House or even the petting zoo.
Enjoy the beautiful cool weather and have some fun bringing harvest time home with you. Fall being a short season gives us all the more reason to enjoy it to its full potential. So enjoy the sights, smells and aromas that come along with this beautiful season.