how the evening started…
Getting to sit down to this completely magical evening made me immediately never want to leave. Everyone worked so hard and it paid off when we sat down to eat and chat and then again a bunch of times through out the night when we stepped back to look.
I really loved seeing that each person’s hand had touched some aspect of the preparations. In both families we had all put our little mark on something…from the lights to the circle garlands to the food to the campfire.
The little fort…
We knew that the kids would want to explore the woods and have forts. We tied up a heavy duty rope and the kids helped get all of the blankets hung up so that they could have a hideaway.
The boys (and my mom, I think) worked so hard to make this spot super awesome. They dug a bit of a pit and found rocks to put around the edge. I don’t think we could have asked for more perfect logs to sit on! They came from a tree that had already fallen and once the boys cut it up the logs were just right for chairs around the fire.
Our s’mores table:
Is an outdoor dinner and campfire complete without s’mores and some hot chocolate? I think not. The girls were especially excited about the humongous marshmallows that Bob found.
Sitting in the forest:
Was super awesome!
The apple candles were made by using the end of a potato peeler to cut a circle in the top of the apple to about mid-way down the core. Making a space big enough for a 1/2 sized candle to be nestled down inside. These looked so lovely as the sun went down.
The pumpkin bowls:
We didn’t realize until too late that we were supposed to cook the pumpkins if we wanted to use them as bowls. I found out that they needed to be baked slowly in the oven for quite a few hours. Next time everyone will get to eat out of a pumpkin!
Tomorrow, stay tuned for:
Part 4: Dinner in the Woods when we end the evening around the campfire!
Happy Thanksgiving Eve!