What’s your cue autumn has arrived? Maybe it’s that day you walk outside and think, “I should go back in and get a sweater.” Or the morning you switch from iced coffee to a steaming hot latte (maybe even with pumpkin spice). Or the first evening it just smells like fall. Whether you’re there, or close, or willing to participate in elaborate rituals to make the season change, already, we’re sharing our favorite fall ideas. Start with our list of 8 Certified Fall Activities, and just keep going with fun things to do inside.
Even if “your whole family” means “you and the dog,” it’s worth downloading and printing this checklist to keep your goals in front of you. Sometime in November, making a pot of chili will just be a thing you do—but the first batch deserves fancy napkins.
Once the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, it’s time to bring the fun inside. Inviting friends and family over shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions—and hosting a potluck is the easiest way to share a meal. Text your best pals, assign them dishes, and get out the board games.
If you’re wondering what to do with your home-garden harvest—or you can’t resist bringing home bushels of farmers market goodness—follow our friends’ advice and host a canning party. They’ve offered their favorite recipes and free downloads to decorate the tops of your Mason jars.
Aprons are a little old-fashioned and a lot practical. (Grandma was right about A. LOT.) So get ready to make chili, cook for your potluck, or can those tomatoes with a DIY apron. This one transforms an old button-down into your new favorite kitchen accessory.
As long as we’re spending more time inside, how about some crafts?
Nothing personalizes a room like a monogram. Adding your initials to your home decor is like writing your name in your underwear at camp—but, you know, more attractive and less private. See how a few artists put their own spin on letterforms using yarn and other decorations.
Want to go beyond monograms? Try making whole words. This time, make your mark with one-dimensional materials: paint and markers. It’s easy to turn paper-mache or wooden letters into works of art—easy enough for your kids to join the fun.
What are your favorite fall ideas? Tell us how you’ll be spending those chilly nights below—or tag us on Instagram.