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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.