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25 Best Fall Party Ideas for the Coziest Celebration

Don't forget the cozy décor, pumpkins, and good food! 🍂

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It's easy to understand why so many people love the fall: The season is a mix of enjoying the chilly weather, visiting the best spots to see foliage, and, of course, trying pumpkin spice-flavored everything! Fall also happens to be Ree Drummond's favorite season: "When the fall finally arrives, the trees explode with brilliant colors, sweaters show up in my closet again, and there's that buzzy anticipation of the holidays coming around the bend. And don't get me started about the food... we dive into things like chili, soups and stews. And what about all the treats?!"

Ree's right! So, why not welcome the season with these fall party ideas? Luckily, some of autumn's best moments give way to natural themes like a costume bash for Halloween or a Friendsgiving feast. And don't forget about other fun fall activities like attending football games or your local Oktoberfest. Honestly, any day is perfect for hosting a dinner party that serves some of the season's most delicious flavors like caramel apples or pumpkin pie. Otherwise, embrace the crisp autumn weather by throwing a backyard bash. From festive fall décor ideas and the yummiest harvest eats to the most entertaining activities, we’ve got all the ideas for your party planning purposes. Browse the list then send out invitations for your next big fall gathering!

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The Tomkat Studio
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Soup Soiree

As that autumn chill rolls in, you can't go wrong with a warm and hearty bowl of soup. That's why your next gathering should feature the fall favorite! From classic chicken-noodle and tomato soups to creamy potato soup, give your guests all the best options.


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Agnes Friedlander
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Painting Party

Let everyone show their artistic side with this creatively fun party idea. You just need craft supplies and friends! Think: acrylic paint, canvases, brushes, and easels. Then you're ready to create your fall foliage masterpieces.

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Happy Wife Healthy Life
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Candle-Making Crafternoon

Fall fragrances are the best part of the season, right? Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, butterscotch, vanilla–the list goes on and on. Which is why a cozy fall candle-making event is sure to be a hit. Host a DIY workshop using mason jars and seasonal scents.

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Katheryn Moran
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Stargazing Slumber Party

Grab your snug knit blankets and warm flannel pajamas and invite the ladies over for a stargazing sleepover! Set up in your backyard or even in the back of a pickup truck! The autumn sky is sure to bring exciting seasonal constellations and a range of planets for a beautiful nighttime show.

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Salt Sister Moms
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Cheese Tasting Event

As harvest flavors take over your local farmers' markets, it’s the perfect time to dig into a new cheese palette. Baked brie, savory cheddars, aged goudas–you really can't go wrong. So, have your friends over for a fun tasting. Bonus points if you pair it with wine. Bonus bonus points if your cheese slices are leaf shaped!


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Mike Garten
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Game Day Bash

Even if you're not into sports, there's no denying that chicken wings and other game day foods are the best. This snack-cuterie board filled with chips, dips, and other munchies will please a crowd.

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Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween treats can be super fun (and sometimes even a little scary!). Lean into the spooky season by getting friends and family together and serving them a bunch of cool treats and Halloween punches that are scary delicious.

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Ralph Smith
8 of 25
Party for the Pups

What's better than hanging out with friends? Spending time with their cute dogs, duh! Try making these woof-worthy peanut butter dog cupcakes from Chungah at Damn Delicious and serve them alongside some human treats for an epic puppy play date.

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Pumpkin Decorating Party

Sure, pumpkin carving is fun. But if you want your pumpkin to last a while, try leaving it whole and painting it! You can create tons of fun designs like these pretty florals, plus, there's no scooping seeds involved. Here are some great pumpkin painting ideas to get you started.

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Ryan Dausch
10 of 25
Floral Arranging Fette

Spring might get all the credit when it comes to beautiful blooms, but fall produces some pretty fantastic flowers (like Ree's favorite, sunflowers!). Take a flower-arranging class with friends or just gather at someone's house with supermarket bouquets and have fun freestyling. Check out these Halloween-friendly arrangements to get you started.


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Ralph Smith
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Cookbook Swap

People are always looking for new recipes, especially new seasonal ones. Host a cookbook swap with friends so that everyone can leave with some inspiration. Even better? Have a get-together a few weeks later and make dishes from those books. (Speaking of cookbooks, check out Ree's!)

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Ryan Liebe
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Apple Dipping Party

You know what's more fun than bobbing for apples? Eating ones that are coated in caramel! Set up a caramel apple station, equipped with dipping sauces like caramel, candy coating, chocolate, peanut butter, Nutella, and more. Then add little bowls filled with toppings like sprinkles, pop rocks, and M&Ms.

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Kevin J. Miyazaki
13 of 25
Costume Contest

How cute does Ree's pup look in this silly costume? Throw a costume party for people or their pets (or both!), and a good time is guaranteed.

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Ralph Smith
14 of 25
Mug Cake Madness

Everyone likes cake, but everyone will love a cake you can make in just minutes. Have a few different batters ready for people to pour, then have cute mugs they can take home at the ready. After the mug cake is cooked, hook guests up with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, toffee, you name it!

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Kevin Sweeney
15 of 25
Jean Jacket Makeover Party

Everyone loves a makeover, and this fashion one is easy as pie! Have friends bring over their beat-up (or brand new) denim jackets, and have tons of iron-on patches ready so everyone can customize their coat. Ree would probably choose flowers like these roses, but there are tons of cute options out there.


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Ralph Smith
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Fall Flavors Brunch

Brunch has no season—it's always a welcome way to celebrate with friends. Make this one special by hosting a brunch packed with fall flavors like pumpkin pancakes, apple pie bars, and pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls.

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Ralph Smith
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Many people spend actual Turkey Day with family, but it's nice to be able to celebrate with friends. Throw a more casual Thanksgiving bash for those who feel just like family. Use it as an opportunity to try out new Thanksgiving recipes, too!

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Movie Night

The air may be cool and crisp, but that makes it the perfect excuse to snuggle up under a cozy blanket and enjoy a flick outside. Set up a projector and a screen (or sheet!) plus cute concession snacks, and you're all set. Check out these fall-tacular movies if you don't know what to show.

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Ralph Smith
19 of 25
Pie Bakeoff

Let yourself and your friends prove your pie prowess by hosting a bake-off with a blind tasting to encourage a little friendly competition. (For a guaranteed winner, make this caramel apple pie or pumpkin cream pie.) Winner gets this adorable pie plate!

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Buff Strickland
20 of 25
Yard Game Fun

How fun does this giant Jenga game look? Ree's daughter, Alex, and her friends definitely had a great time, and they're onto something! With the weather still warm enough to enjoy time in the yard, set up your favorite outdoor games like bocce ball, ladder ball, and cornhole and embrace the last of the great weather.


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Campfire Fun

Did someone say s'mores? Set up your fire pit, put out some graham crackers and marshmallows, and watch people toast away. You can also move the party inside with this no-fail s'mores recipe.

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Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

Get into the fall spirit at home with your very own Oktoberfest. Buy different varieties of beer (including some pumpkin beers) and have a tasting with friends. Soft pretzels are encouraged.

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Wreath Crafting Session

You've probably heard of wine-and-painting classes, so create your own fall version with wine or beer as well as some wreath-making supplies like a wire wreath form, glue gun, and faux folliage. Check out these 35 fall wreaths for some great inspiration!

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Mixology Class

Have you ever wanted to know how to make a killer pumpkin cocktail? Have friends over and try out a recipe or two. If there's a mixology expert in your friend group, have them give some tips and pointers as you mix.

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Olena Butivshchenko
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Leaf Peeping Picnic

Checking out the vibrant colors of changing leaves is one of the most iconic fall activities. Host a leaf-appreciation picnic by setting up camp in a pretty park or yard that has great autumnal vibes. Pack seasonal, portable dishes like these simple fall salads.


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