When the weather starts cooling off, its time to hold a fall party in your backyard. The cooler temperatures can inspire intimate or boisterous gatherings for adults or children. After choosing a theme, set a date, write out your guest list and make invitations. Write the party details directly on tiny pumpkins that you can hand out, or cut an appropriate shape out of cardstock for the party you are hosting.
Consider one of these 4 party ideas when planning a backyard gathering this fall.
Celebrate the harvest season with a party centered around apples. Decorate your home with either red or green apples, depending on your personal favorite variety. You can accent the bright red and green colors with deep yellow napkins or cutlery. Baskets of fresh apples can be set on picnic tables as centerpieces.
Set up a couple of apple-themed activities for party guests to enjoy. Arrange for apple-bobbing. Float a layer of apples in a metal bucket holding clean water. The participant tries to grab an apple using only their teeth. Be sure to have plenty of towels available.
Create a candy apple bar. Stick apples onto craft sticks. Melt caramel in a double-boiler and place bowls of possible toppers such as candies, nuts, chocolate chips and sprinkles for guests to dip into.
Plan a backyard Oktoberfest for your adult friends. This is a traditional fall beer festival that can be recreated in your home. Set up a party tent and place long tables with chairs inside. String black, red and yellow streamers from the center of the party tent to each corner. Purchase or make German flags, blue- and white-checked Bavarian flags or personalized Oktoberfest banners to hang inside and outside of the tent. Serve traditional hearty German fare such as sausages, potato salad and sauerkraut. Serve beer from a keg to keep costs down but have several varieties of bottled beer available as well. Play loud music and enjoy your party in the crisp fall air.
End of Summer Campout
Invite friends over for a backyard campout to mark the end of summer. Set up a tent and provide all of the guests with flashlights. Take a hike through your neighborhood or a nearby park. As the sun goes down, catch fireflies, play flashlight tag and arrange for everyone to sit around a campfire or fire pit. Roast marshmallows, tell spooky stories or set up a radio nearby for kids to sing or dance to.
Fall Wine Tasting
Host an adult gathering in the late afternoon in your backyard. Decorate the area with pumpkins and string clear Christmas lights in the trees to create a more formal fall setting. Set up wine tasting stations around the backyard. Small card tables covered with a tablecloth will work well. Each station should offer a small appetizer and several small plastic wine glasses, or a pitcher of water and a bucket for guests to rinse their glasses with in-between types of wine. Another way to hold a wine tasting in your backyard is to have each guests bring a bottle of wine in a brown paper bag. Place a number on each bag. Guests can sample each wine and fill out a scorecard to find the winner. The guest who brought the winning bottle of wine wins a prize. Have extra prizes on hand in the event of a tie, or give prizes for the worst score, sweetest or other designations.