How to Host a Backyard Harvest Festival – Blue Ribbon News

ROCKWALL, TX (September 27, 2022) Want a different way to celebrate the fall season? Organize your own harvest festival in your garden!

I set up a carnival tic-tac-toe using a card table, a tablecloth, electrical tape arranged in a grid and two kinds of pumpkins. Place baskets next to the table for the pumpkins, then play tic-tac-toe as you normally would. Kids will love it!

I served a super simple menu that wouldn’t require any utensils: Apple Butter and Pumpkin Butter Sandwiches, Vermont Cheddar Popcorn served in adorable fall bags, plus grapes, apples and nuts, and my delicious Maple Rice Krispy Candy for dessert. It was all set up on a 6-foot folding table adorned with a Halloween checkered tablecloth, pumpkins, white lanterns and festive mums.

For the drink, I served homemade apple cider. If you’ve never made apple cider before, you’re in for a treat. It makes the whole house smell like fall! It’s so easy to do too. This is a kid-friendly version for our very family-friendly harvest party, but of course you can add a splash of bourbon for a cocktail! For more Halloween party inspiration, visit

homemade apple cider

6 red apples (Gala type)
4 green apples (Granny Smith type)
1 orange
1/2 cup brown sugar
4-6 cinnamon sticks
1 whole nutmeg
Optional: apple slices, cinnamon stick for garnish

  1. Quarter of apples and orange. Place in a large pot and add enough water to cover at least two inches. Add sugar and cinnamon sticks and stir. Grate some nutmeg over the pan and stir.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for two hours. Use a wooden spoon to gently mash the apples against the side of the jar. Let simmer for another hour.
  3. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve. Serve immediately with additional cinnamon sticks and apple slices for garnish. Refrigerate leftovers for up to five days.

By Katie-Rose Watson, who often covers Rockwall on, from the Farmer’s Market to the Founder’s Day Festival. The Rose Table has over 200,000 fans on Facebook (, millions of video views and can be found on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Pinterest

See his Harvest Festival blog here >>


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