8 Ideas to Spice up your FALL Party
Pumpkins, pumpkins, and yes more pumpkins. A variety of sizes, shapes, and colors either displayed on the edge of a walkway up to the door or around the door or just inside the foyer to set the theme for your fall party.
Mums. Nothing says fall is around the corner when seeing mums out in stores. Mums are great for indoors or outdoors. Mums are beautiful in all the variety of colors they come in. Mums in the large size can be a main focus in a planting bed or in a large pot on the floor or as a small accent displayed throughout interior of home.
Candles and incense have a welcoming effect on your guests and are great in foyers and bathrooms. Fall scents can range from nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, cranberry, apple cider, french vanilla, carmel, sandalwood, to sugar plum. However, I would try to stick with one scent only in order to avoid a mixture of different scents intermixing. Also, avoid placing in kitchen as the kitchen should have the aromas of the food you are cooking, not the candles.
Seasonal fall drinks are simple to find as there are so many choices for the fall season. Examples of some wonderful fall inspired drinks are: Apple Sangria, Autumn Russian, & Caramel Apple Martini. Plus, there is no shortage of seasonal beers; Goose Island Harvest Ale, Anchor Big Leaf Maple Autumn Red, and Woodchuck Fall Harvest Hard Cider to name a few.
Chili; it is easy to make, the guests can enjoy when they want, and if made ahead of time and kept on low in a crock pot it frees up your time to spend with your guests vs. cooking away. When serving chili I recommend a bunch of extras that can be added in your chili such as: oyster crackers, shredded cheese, sour cream, scallions, corn bread, bread sticks, and maple syrup.
Fire element is a warm and inviting ambiance to any nighttime fall harvest party. Maybe you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace or fire pit in your yard; if not no worries. Today there are many choices for portable fire pits, chiminas, and table top units to bring out for the special occasions. I know when the idea of a fire pit is brought up you probably automatically think s’mores (which is not wrong) however, think outside the box a bit and try homemade popcorn or a late night snack of grilled cheese, or roast apples slices rubbed in cinnamon/nutmeg mixture and then served over ice cream.
Blankets stacked and ready for your guests to use when the temps fall with the sun.
Not everyone likes to sit by the fire and not all fires produce a great amount of heat so have a backup option for your guests to be comfortable.
Apples…go enjoy apple picking a day or two before party and use fresh apples diced in a salad, sliced in a drink, or cubed up for a dessert. If you are a party host that enjoys giving a party favor, then a small bag of a few apples is a wonderful and practical festive favor to give guests.