How to Plan a Fall Harvest Party for Teens

Autumn-Themed Invites, Games, Crafts and Food for Your Harvest Party

A fall harvest party.
A fall harvest party. Mint Images - Bill Miles/Getty Images

Do you want to plan a harvest party? The fall season is a perfect time to celebrate and teenagers and younger kids will have great fun with all of the autumn-themed games and activities you can plan.

People have been celebrating the harvest of a summer crop while looking forward to the long winter season for hundreds of years. It is also a fun alternative to the spookier Halloween parties.

Pick a Location

The location of a harvest party is an important part of its success.

There are quite a few things to think about before settling on where your party is going to be held.

A few tips for choosing a potential party area:

  1. You will need space. Harvest party games and activities take a lot of space.
  2. Does the area lend itself to the fall motif? Can it be a part of the decorations, like a barn or outside among the changing leaves? Will it need some work to bring out the autumn feeling?
  3. Does the location have one or two big areas? The more nooks and crannies, the more potential party problems and the more chaperones you will need.
  4. Is the area owned by you or someone who is part of the group? If so, make plans to keep people in the party area and away from the personal property of your neighbors.
  5. Does the location fit into your budget? If you are paying for the location of the party, be sure it does not exceed 40% of your overall budget. If you spend too much on the party place, you won’t have enough to throw a great party.

    The Guest List

    Now that you know the amount of space you have, it is time to make out a guest list.

    Your list should include everyone you want to invite as well as chaperones. If chaperones are your teen guests' parents, invite the couple instead of just one parent. They will be more apt to accept your invitation, even if one cannot make it.

    Send the Invitations

    You can send invitations through the mail or hand deliver them. Include colorful autumn leaves or some beautiful fall scene on the card. This is your first opportunity to set the theme of the party.

    Here are a few harvest party invitations that you can print out for free.

    The Fall Harvest Party Activities

    Part of what makes any party a blast is how everything fits with the party theme. Your fall harvest party needs to have fun seasonal games and activities, good fall food and an abundance of fall decorations.

    Set up a Craft Table

    Crafts are always a hit, especially among teenage girls.Choose a few autumn-themed craft projects that are easy to make in just a few minutes.

    Projects like falling leaf beaded earrings or a quick pumpkin safety pin bead project are perfect.

    A few tips for your craft table:

    • Gather all of the supplies and place them on the table before the party begins.
    • Include printed instructions so the teens can start the project on their own.
    • Ask a chaperone to supervise the craft table in case the kids have any questions.

    Set up the Games

    Choose games where there will be a lot of candy prizes and your party will be the talk of the town for months. Candy is the first thing that comes to mind when people think of fall fun, so ply your guests with an abundance of it.

    A few harvest party game ideas:

    The Fall Harvest Party Menu

    Keep in mind the cool temperatures and serve hot apple cider. Remember that guests like to graze, so have quite a few finger foods around like Candy Corn Rice Crispy Treats.

    A few harvest party recipes to get you started:

    Make a Shopping List

    Now that you have chosen your menu and activities, you will need to make a list of all of your supplies.

    • Divide the list into smaller lists organized by store.
    • If an item can be found in two different stores, put it on the list where you can get the best deal.

    As the day of the party draws near, you will want to stay organize. Keep your lists together and be sure to go over them often.

    Before the Party

    Check the Guest List

    Be sure to mark down RSVPs as you receive them. Two weeks before the party date, start calling people if they have not RSVP'd.

    If a guest wants to bring a friend allow it and make that up on your list.

    Confirm Everything!

    Confirm your location, chaperones, anything you have rented, donations of food, etc.

    Everything that you are relying on someone else to do should be confirmed approximately two weeks before the party. This will save you any embarrassing moments.

    Decorating the Day of the Party

    Be sure to get into the party location at least two hours before the guests are supposed to arrive.

    • Use hay bales to section off areas like a dance floor and as tables for messy events like a pie eating contest.
    • Use corn stalks in bunches around standing lights.
    • Use strands of lights all around, seasonal ones are fun!

    Enjoy the Party

    When the party begins it is time to enjoy it!

    Don't be stressed by what did not work out. The more you enjoy your guest's company and the fun activities, the more your guests will love your party.