Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Host an Autumn Party

Gatherings during the fall are truly unforgettable. The warm sense brought by the stunning colors of autumn makes the season a great time to throw a party for your colleagues, friends, or relatives. While the air is crisp and the outdoors are embellished by gorgeous works of nature, get together with your loved ones to enjoy the ambiance and the beauty of life.

In this post, Balsam Hill shares with you some wonderful ideas for decorating and entertaining at home. Celebrate the beauty of autumn with family and friends and mark the beginning of a glorious and bountiful season.

Fall Party Decorating Ideas

Dress up your fall party dessert table with some natural textures. Use old wooden crates or hollowed out pumpkins, lined with fabric napkins or even leftover fabric scraps, as serving dishes.Add a little twisting grapevine to the table and throw in a few mums for an incredible fall display.

Giving your home a rustic vibe, these straw stacks can serve as pedestals for your party decorations. But if you want to put a nice twist to guest seating, use them as straw bale seats.  Just make sure to add cushions for comfort and for preventing the seats from irritating the skin.

Green is seldom associated with fall but this vibrant color is refreshing against warm hues like red, orange, and yellow. A green wooden dining table makes squash bowls stand out in a table setting, making them even more appetizing to relish!


Lighting is an important factor in creating the ambiance for a party. Elegantly brighten up an al fresco venue by running light strings along and across the outdoor space. Tape some red, orange, and yellow leaves near each light bulb to create a warm and inviting view. This décor is perfect for those last outdoor parties in autumn before it get too cold.

Another lighting option would be to hang clear mason jars in your garden and put some clear Christmas lights inside them. Mimicking the sight of a hundred fireflies, this lighting setup creates a unique rustic spectacle – an instant conversation starter among your guests.


Just like any other festivity, an autumn party should be enticing and fun. With new as well as traditional activities, you can keep your guests and even yourself entertained.

1. Apple bobbing – Usually played at Halloween parties, bobbing for apples is played by catching apples floating on water using one’s teeth. This game is pretty difficult, but with the right technique, players can get the hang of it.

2. Donuts-on-a-String – The game Donuts-on-a-String is similar to apple bobbing in that they are both played using the mouth. In this game, a donut is tied to a string and hung from a rope. The players are instructed to eat the donuts without using their hands. The first participant to finish all donuts wins.

3. Campfires – Set up cushioned seating that accommodates many guests and is easily and quickly arranged for different configurations. With the crackling fire, all one needs is a guitar and for someone to pass around a bag of marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers for the classic snack of s’mores.


Serve butternut squash soup in a pumpkin bowl for a unique touch to your first course. Not only is this in line with the fall theme; it is also a great way to minimize dishwashing. Serve your guests with the bounty of the season. Apples and grapes, eggplants and figs, garlic, onions, lemongrass, limes, leeks, persimmons, pomegranates, potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, celery, zucchini, and pears are just some of the many crop yields that flourish in autumn. Add charm to your food display by using pumpkin plate stands. Use different pumpkin sizes on which to put the appetizer plates. The more varied the colors, the more dynamic your table will be.

Serve apple cider to remind your guests about the best thing about fall: the apple season. Traditionally served during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, this non-alcoholic beverage is similar to apple juice, except that apple cider is unfiltered and unsweetened.

Caramelized apples are a fall favorite. Add a creative touch to this sweet treat by using small twigs instead of sticks to serve as the handle. Select those branches that still have leaves on them for an interesting dash of nature.

With any of these ideas, you can have an autumn party that’s remarkably creative and one of a kind. Take advantage of the fall season’s breathtaking beauty and healthy produce for a fun-filled but relaxing day of merriment.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.