Fall is officially here! The crisp autumn air hits your cheeks. The smell of pumpkin spice fills the air. The sounds of children playing in leaves echo in the afternoon. Just kidding, it is totally still way too hot here, but a girl can dream, right?
The first official sign of fall for me is when we watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. That’s when I get really excited about pumpkins and all things fall. This year we went the extra step to make our movie night special and you can create a magical night too, with these three simple tips.
PUMPKIN PATCH PUDDING CUPS
All you need is pudding cups, pumpkin candies, and Oreos.
Crumble your cookies without the middle filling. I would hate for you to waste the filling so be sure to eat that part. You gotta do what you gotta do. It’s for the kids, right?
I didn’t worry about having big chunks. Little tummies will not even notice. Top your crumbled Oreos over the pudding cups and then place your pumpkin candies on top of the Oreos. Place half an Oreo at the back of your pudding cups to resemble a moon. You do need the filling for this one.
That’s it. Yummy, easy, and cute.
CHARLIE BROWN POPCORN CUPS
For this next tip, you will need yellow cups, a marker, and popcorn. Take the marker and draw a chevron pattern around the cup. Don’t worry about being perfect. The kids will not notice. You will quickly learn that around here we are all about simple. You don’t need Pinterest-inspired perfection to get a smile from your kids. I just butchered that simple chevron design because I was in a hurry. (Sorry to all the Charlie Brown fans!) But you know what? The kids didn’t notice and I may have even got the title Mom of the Year. Their opinions are the only ones that matter. Keep that in mind when creating magic for your family. It is not about perfection, it is about the love put into it. Okay, I’m done preaching.
CREATING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN PATCH
This one is the easiest. Lay out a green blanket, towel, pretend your white sheet is green, whatever you got. And place some pumpkins all around. Fake ones, real ones, small ones, big ones. This is where the kids can enjoy their treats and watch the movie.
Simple, right? Enjoy your night and your family to celebrate this wonderful time of year.
Beth is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom and photographer. She spends her days coming up with creative ways to inspire and teach her two oldest kids. Let’s be honest though, a big part of the day is spent chasing after the smallest one. She hopes to spread goodness and magic with her DIYs, recipes, and tips. Follow her on Instagram @PaperAngelsPhotos