Tips for Hosting a Fall Harvest Party

Laurie WallLifestyle and Entertaining

fall harvest cornucopia

Fall weather is ideal for hosting a party – it’s not too hot or too cold. The trees are becoming an array of colors and the season creates feelings of change and adventure. Get in the spirit of the season with these fall harvest party ideas to help get your party started.


Your invitations are the first impression people have of your party. They can be as simple or as intricate as you wish. You can go the old-fashioned route and create paper decorations complete with print, stickers, stamps, and cutouts then attach accessories such as small hay stalks or candy. Many people choose to go the electronic route. There are many websites available to help you create and customize the perfect fall harvest party invitations to send electronically or print and mail.


Many of the items you might find to decorate your home for your fall harvest party are naturally in abundance during the season and are generally inexpensive. Some are even free if you know where to look. Dried cornstalks, bales of hay, colored leaves, mums, pumpkins and gourds are all popular choices for decorations. Depending on how far you want to take things, you could even have a scarecrow at the front door to greet guests as they enter.


Because it is harvest time, there are many seasonal fresh foods available. One of the simplest fall harvest party ideas is to host a dinner party. Potluck is a favorite and encourages a wide variety of fall foods. As the host, you might provide the main dish – a crock-pot of pulled pork for sandwiches or a roast turkey, perhaps. Invite your guests to bring sides of their favorite recipes such as casseroles, grilled veggies, salads, soups and desserts.


Provide fall favorites such as cold and warm spiced cider, juices, coffee and hot tea that everyone can enjoy. If you want to serve adult beverages, consider providing an assortment of apple and pumpkin flavored beers, seasonally themed cocktails and simple red wine. Of course, do not forget the hard cider.


Fall harvest party ideas for entertainment are limited only by the space you have available and your imagination. If the weather is nice enough to be outdoors, corn hole is a fun fall favorite. Bonfires are a nice way to warm the chilly air, especially in the evening. If you do get a roaring bonfire going, you can roast marshmallows and make it a backyard campout. If you have young children at your party, have a table set up with small pumpkins for them to decorate. Rather than carving, give them glue, paint, markers, glitter and other crafty item they can use to decorate. Why let the kids have all the fun? Make sure you have enough pumpkins for the grown-ups too.

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