Forests can be spooky and mysterious places. There are a lot of strange noises and things can be seen moving out of the corners of people’s eyes in forests. The enchanted forest theme works well with Autumn. When it comes to famous forests perhaps none comes close to the Black Forest in Germany.
As I look at my Grandmother’s chachka they remind me of her stories of the Black Forest. Her oversized wooden spoons along with figurines of black bear carvings made from walnut. They took on a life of their own when we were little. The Black Forest is a mountainous region in southwest Germany, bordering France. Known for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages, it is often associated with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. This book is great for the kids during Halloween. The area is renowned for its spas and the cuckoo clocks produced in the region since the 1700s. The region’s largest town, Freiburg, is filled with Gothic buildings and surrounded by vineyards. It was the failure of the vineyard in the 1890s that propelled my family to immigrate. When the Great Wine Blight hit in the mid-1890s, the culprit turned out to be a pest called Phylloxera that would forever alter wine production and the fate of my family. Great great maternal grandmother Katerina Fink picked up her cuckoo clock and 2 surviving children then left for the lower east side of New York.
This season’s celebrations will have a bit of family history infused into it pulling from the decor and motif from the Black Forest. This is a nice updated spin on the Fairytale Forest party ideas.
Photos Below: The Forest archway or entranceway is an important place to decorate. This is your guests first experience with your theme so make it a statement
The Enchanted Forest party theme is very popular. Everyone is going crazy for this fun theme because it’s so versatile. Enchanted Forest themes can be mysterious, magical, dreamy, elegant, haunted, or any combination you want. Whichever way you go with for your age group, here are the fundamental elements you’ll need to create an amazing Forested theme for your parties. You can’t have this party without trees, but what you choose and how you arrange them are totally up to you. To add depth to your area, try tree background silhouettes or tree murals to display against the back wall. Then, fill in your forest with whatever trees help you achieve the effect you want. Tree theme props and wire trees can help add a magical look to a fairy tale or winter wonderland scene. Tree cutouts can add the perfect finish to create a haunted forest look.
Where ever you make your starting point with your Forest theme, you will soon be hooked by the beauty and mystery that Forests have to offer.
sources: Andersons , DG, Disney, Better Homes and Gardens, Relatives from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, hyggeandwest.com, Etsy