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Pumpkin Patch Party

So the end of summer is always such a bummer. I hate to see all the carefree pool days come to an end and school, homework and reality begin.  It would actually all be very depressing if it weren’t for the fact that fall is right around the corner.  The beginning of SEC football and jeans weather and Halloween and pumpkin spice…well…everything.  It’s by far my favorite season.  And even though it is still around 90 degrees and the pool isn’t even closed yet, I am getting excited about it.  I’m already thinking about all the fall baking I want to do and what costumes we will make/buy this year and all the fall like activities I wanna squeeze in before Christmas.

So with autumn on the horizon (even if it’s just in my head), I thought this would be a good time to share a few details from this fun fall themed birthday party.  This is one we did a few years ago for my son’s third birthday and it was thrown at the pumpkin patch.

If your town has a pumpkin farm, ask if they host birthday parties.  Pumpkin patches are really the perfect outdoor venue for a fall party.  Our local patch has so many fun activities for kids and little cabins are available to rent for events.  We hung out in the cabin while we ate lunch, had cake and opened presents.  After that, the kids fed the farm animals, went on a hayride, ran around in the corn maze and rode the mini tractors.  It was really fun and quite different from all the other parties he’s had.  I wish I had more photos, but when it’s my own kids birthday and we aren’t throwing it at home, there’s not much time for taking pics:)

I made these pumpkin cakes using a mini bundt cake pan. I would have loved to make them with pumpkin spice cake, but since they were for the kids, I just used regular yellow cake mix with a bit of orange food coloring. I made the stems by rolling green fondant and the leaves by cutting the fondant with these Wilton Set of 3 Leaf Cut Outs.  They were pretty tasty.  You want to add a little glaze to the top and in between the two cakes to help them stick together.

There wasn’t much space for decorations in the cabin, just a little mantel and the table we had set up with the food. We decorated the mantel with this fun pumpkin with the birthday boy’s initial carved in it and the party invitation in a fun orange frame.

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