Crispy leaves are falling, once-warm temperatures are dropping, and the long days of summer are slowly getting shorter. It’s a sure sign that autumn is here! I’ll fully admit I’m not a fan of trading swimsuits and sandals for sweaters and snow boots, but I’m all about embracing the gorgeous seasonal changes this time of year. Why not celebrate the leaves turning from green to gold with a few of your friends? It’s a perfect excuse to host a fall harvest party!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
First and foremost, what’s a fall party without cider and caramel apples? Sure, it’s easy to grab a package of those tasty pre-dipped apples from the store, but making your own is easy – and cheap! All you’ll need is a package of craft sticks, a bag of individually wrapped caramels, a splash of milk, wax paper, and of course, apples! Here are the simple steps you’ll need to take:
- Remove the apple stems and insert craft sticks into the top
- Melt the caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl (or on the stove top, if you prefer)
- Then dip the apples in the caramel
- Let them set on sheets of wax paper until they’re ready to be devoured!
What else should you serve? If you’re choosing to host a potluck-style party, casseroles filled with fresh fall vegetables are perfect to suggest to your friends. For the main course, crockpot pulled pork is a great option that everyone loves (especially when a football game is on). And since one sweet treat is never enough, try whipping up this yummy pumpkin cheesecake recipe!
I’ve got some good news: you don’t have to channel Martha Stewart to make your fall harvest party look fabulous! Make a quick stop at a roadside stand to grab gourds, corn stalks, hay bales, and pumpkins for decoration. If you plan to host your gathering outside, the hay bales can even double as seating for your guests!
For table decorations, use burlap as a runner with gourds placed on top for a rustic touch. If you’ve got them, bring out galvanized steel tubs to hold beverages and more – they’ve got that fresh out of the barn look!
If you’re extra crafty, you can use one of the pumpkins you picked up at the roadside stand as a serving bowl for snacks or drinks! Hollow out a large pumpkin with a wide base, then line the inside with plastic wrap. It’s that easy!
Lawn games like corn hole are a given at parties during the fall, especially at tailgates. Have a friendly competition to determine the ultimate champions and who will take home the trophy! You can even make your own – just be sure to place a corncob on top!
But what about the kids? Pumpkin decorating is a fun activity to keep them entertained while their parents are enjoying your marvelous party. Set up a painting station complete with paint, glitter, feathers and more!
Feeling inspired to throw your own fall harvest party yet? You can find even more awesome food and décor ideas on sites like Pinterest, Better Homes and Gardens, and Martha Stewart. Happy autumn!