5 Great Ideas to Welcome in Fall

Posted: September, 26, 2014 | Categories: Lifestyle

Fall is here, and whether or not you have little ones starting a new school year, the new season is something worthy of celebration. So get ready to gather up your friends and family to savor all this delightful season has to offer – read on for all five fun party ideas.

1. Harvest Party. Invite your friends and family over for an afternoon of fall fun, indoors and out. Offer caramel apples with real twigs for handles, warm mugs of apple cider with cinnamon sticks, and a simple buffet of grab-and-go foods that highlights fall produce. For entertainment, go for fall classics like bobbing for apples, eating doughnuts dangling from strings, or making a scarecrow. Decorate the yard with pumpkins and gourds, and keep table decor simple with lengths of burlap or brown kraft paper for tablecloths. Superbowl Party - Design Sponge

2. Football Fest. If you are a football fan, fall really only means one thing: game time! Host a game night party at your house with snacks aplenty, and ample comfy seating. Check beforehand that all seats in the room have a decent view of the screen, and adjust as needed. Backyard Movie Night - Pretty Fluffy Blog

3. Backyard Movie Night. Did you know you can rig up your very own movie screen outdoors using a basic white sheet and some strong twine? It's true! Then all you need to do is rent a projector to connect to your laptop and pick a flick everyone will enjoy. For snacks, you can't go wrong with homemade popcorn. If you're looking for a new twist, try this spicy-and-sweet popcorn or truffled-popcorn from Martha Stewart. Tell friends to bring their own picnic blanket, and spread out on the lawn for an evening showing of your favorites. Fall Party - Pencilbox Blog

4. Neighborhood Open House. If you've been meaning to connect more with your neighbors, but just can't seem to find the time, a neighborhood open house could be just the thing. Hand deliver postcards a few weeks in advance, and ask folks to sign up to bring a dish or beverage, potluck style. Make a big pot of soup or chili, and a big batch of hot apple cider, and then sit back and enjoy. Gratitude Tree - HGTV

5. Gratitude Gathering. A Gratitude Gathering is a lovely way to honor and connect with friends and family members who you usually are not able to spend Thanksgiving Day with. Make a mini-Thanksgiving feast (perhaps a turkey breast instead of a whole bird?) and savor the company. One fun craft that can also become a meaningful keepsake is a "thankful tree", like the one shown here. Simply cut out paper leaf shapes in advance, and set them beside a tall vase filled with branches collected from outdoors. Guests can write down what they are thankful for on a leaf, and clip or tie it to a branch.

Now tell us: Which of these party ideas would you try? Any other fun plans this fall? Share your ideas in the Comments!

Image sources, from top to bottom: Katie's Pencil Box Blog; Design Sponge; Pretty Fluffy; Katie's Pencil Box Blog; HGTV.
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Superbowl Party – Design Sponge

Backyard Movie Night – Pretty Fluffy Blog

Fall Party – Pencilbox Blog

Gratitude Tree – HGTV