With fall in full swing, its the perfect time to plan a get-together with family, friends, or neighbors, and make good use of the clubhouse at your community. Or if you are in charge of a youth group, a book club, or a special interest group, your clubhouse might be the perfect place to meet. But planning a party, function, or get together can be a pain. Here are some ideas of what to include for an autumn themed gathering.
Decorations - Tablecloths in fall colors, red, brown, orange, yellow set the tone. Add some fall leaves (real or paper), and pumpkins, gourds, or cornucopia all are simple, easy ways to decorate. And if you are feeling ambitious, grab some hay bales and corn stalks for an outdoorsy, country feel.
Food -- What says fall more than pumpkins? Serve one of these recipes for instant crowd approval.
Pumpkin Soup from The Pioneer Woman CooksMoist Pumpkin Muffins from Food.com
Or this personal favorite, Pumpkin Pie Cake
Pumpkin Pie Cake
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees; then complete each step as directed.
1 yellow cake mix minus 1 cup. (Set 1 cup aside)
c butter, melted
Mix cake mix, melted butter, and egg together until it forms a soft dough. Lightly grease a 9X13 baking pan. Press dough evenly into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
2 cups pumpkin puree
? cup milk
cup brown sugar
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to equal 3 tsp.)
Mix together until well blended. Pour over top of crust.
1 cup reserved cake mix
cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix cake mix, sugar, and cinnamon together, then cut butter into cake mix with a pastry blender (or two knives) until the chunks are the size of peas. Sprinkle over the top of the filling.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes (until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean). Cool at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.
Along with food, an activity where everyone disconnects from their media and concentrates on conversation and building relationships is a win. Here are some suggestions to get folks interacting.
For a group who does not know each other well icebreaker or mingling games work well to get everyone involved:
Mingle - Everyone walks around the room repeating the work, Mingle, repeatedly, until the MC calls out a number. Then everyone has two get in groups of that number. If there is anyone left-over at the end (they cant make up the correct number) they go to the Conversation Club (or you can call it jail) where they can visit with each other. Repeat the mingling and calling out of numbers until everyone is in the Conversation Club.
And this is another variation of a mingling game to help people get to know each other.
Simply having an assortment of board games or card games is also a fun way to promote conversation and provides the opportunity of getting better acquainted. Or putting together a puzzle, doing a craft together, or doing a service project, can all create a sense of camaraderie. Whatever you do, isnt it great to have access to the clubhouse at your community? Leave a comment and tell us about your event.