Translated to English, the French word "fete" means "festival" and festivals are popular events for children. Whether you're a schoolteacher, a member of the PTA or an organisation that centres on children or you are a parent who is looking for a fun activity for children, consider organising a fete. Pick a theme to base your fete on and infuse the affair with elements that are pertinent to that theme.
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Organise a fall festival to welcome the harvest season. You can decorate this festival with fall-related elements and decorative accents using boughs and piles of silk autumn leaves, scarecrows, pumpkins and mums. To add a touch of Halloween to your festival, consider adding fake spider webs and friendly ghosts to your decor. Activities should centre on the fall season, as well. Kids can bob for apples, carve pumpkins, play pin the hat on the scarecrow and play in piles of fall leaves. Food is also a central element to a fete and for a fall-themed fete, the menu should reflect fall items. Options to serve include apple and pumpkin pie, apple fritters, roasted corn and apple cider.
Base your festival on a carnival theme. You can decorate the space where you are holding the festival to resemble a carnival. Booths can be included that are used to house different activities. You can decorate the booths by blowing up balloons and placing pictures and posters of clowns on the structure. Designate booths for specific activities. For example, a face-painting booth, a ringtoss booth and a booth where children can toss balls to knock down bottles. You can also include a slide, sack races and a bounce house as other activities. Serve foods that are staples of carnivals, including ice cream, funnel cake, candyfloss, hot dogs and bags of peanuts.
The opposite of a fall festival, a spring fling festival welcomes the spring season after a long, cold winter. When decorating for a spring fling fete, choose bright and cheery spring-themed items. Drape faux flower garlands around tables and chairs, fill vases with bouquets of flowers and add fake birds and butterflies to the decor. At this festival, capture children's attention by having them decorate flowerpots they can use to plant flowers in, engage them in egg races and egg hunts and do the bunny hop. For food for this type of festival, you can bake flower-shaped cookies, serve fruit kebabs and use cookie cutters to create gelatin frogs, butterflies and chicks.
Celebrate and encourage artistic expression with an art festival. You can decorate the festival area with works of art like paintings and sculptures, either bought or created by yourself and volunteers. Brightly coloured linens can be draped and streamers placed around the area. Set out different types of paper and art materials for children to use to create works of art. You can arrange for a musician to put on a performance for children and offer kids instruments to play. A puppet booth can be set up and you can put out costumes for children to use for a play. The menu for this festival depends on your taste, but you should choose kid-friendly items, such as hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken fingers. To incorporate artistic expression in the menu, have kids decorate their own cookies or cupcakes.
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