Party On: Your Guide to the Perfect Fall Get-Together

Fall is finally in full swing: The weather is ideal, and the scenery is to-die-for. What better time to have a few friends over for the ultimate fall bash? Celebrate the season and get in that last bit of outdoor fun with our simple guide for the ultimate in fall food, booze, games and ambiance. 

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How to Make Marquee Letters

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Flynnside Out Productions

Soup to Start

First up, let’s talk food. Fall is the time for savory morsels that make the most of seasonal ingredients. This delectable carrot-ginger soup is a great place to start.

Carrot-Ginger Soup Shooters

Carrot-Ginger Soup Shooters

Make This: Carrot-Ginger Soup

Pass the Apps

Next up: How about a delicious toasted crostini with herbed cream cheese spread?

Crostini With Herbed Cream Cheese Spread

Crostini With Herbed Cream Cheese Spread

More Cold-Weather Apps

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Toasted Crostini With Herbed Cream Cheese Spread

Baked Brie With Raspberry Preserves

Mini Quiche Florentine

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Caramel-Covered Brie

Creamy Lump Crab and Corn Dip

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Ham

Beer Cheese Dip

Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

Homemade Pub-Style Pretzels

Chile and Lime Roasted Cashews

Homemade Pimento Cheese

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Southern Fried Stuffing Balls

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Pepperoni Pizza Hand Pies

Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

Maple Chili Popcorn

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Spicy Cheese Straws

Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Braised Pork Belly on Homemade Biscuits

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Blackened Tuna Bites

Ropa Vieja Mini Tacos

Classic Cheese Fondue

Savory Focaccia

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Crudites With Herbed Cream Cheese

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Fried Camembert

Bruschetta With Caramelized Dates, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Tofu Edamame Falafel With Tofu Tahini

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Nut-Crusted Brie With Cherry Chutney

Artichoke and Black Truffle Dip

Taleggio Crostini With Apple, Thyme and Honey

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S'mores + Booze = Fall Party Win

And for a final sweet treat, these grown-up s’mores are a fun twist on the campfire classic. So good.

Spiked S'mores Brownies Recipe

Spiked S'mores Brownies Recipe

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Brian Patrick Flynn

Fall for  Fall Drinks

Now, on to the drinks. With so many delicious fall cocktails to choose from, it can be hard to pick just one. A great option is a large-batch cocktail that can be made in the crockpot. That way, you can keep your guests happy and warm without having to mix drinks all night. We suggest this seasonal sangria that tastes even more heavenly than it looks.

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Make This: Slow-Cooker Sangria

Time for Wine

Or, make a big batch of this mulled white wine – light, sweet and perfect for fall.

Mulled White Wine

Mulled White Wine

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Flynnside Out Productions

Make This: Mulled White Wine

Non-Alcoholic Alternatives

Non-drinkers need more than tap water. Luckily, these colorful mocktails are fun alternatives that everyone can enjoy.

Stylish Cocktail Glassware

Stylish Cocktail Glassware

Get Your Drink On

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Boozy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa

Hot Cranberry Mule

Maple Nut Goodie Cocktail

Slow Cooker Sangria

Tipsy S'mores Cocktail

Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail

Boozy Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa

Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail

Spiked Chai Tea

Hoppin' Hot Scotch

Classic Eggnog

Spiced Cappucini Cocktail

Mexican Hot Cocoa and Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sticks

Mulled White Wine

Spiked Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Hot Rasapple Rum Cider

Irish Coffee

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

Hot Buttered Rum

Mulled Red Wine

Hot Spiked Cocoa

Hot Peppermint Rod

Toasty Hot Chocolate With a Kick

Cranberry Hot Toddy

Butterscotch Bedtime Warmer

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy

Spice Up Hot Chocolate Mix

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Arturo's Positano Winter Sunset

Hot Hard Apple Cider

Hot Pear Cup

Rosario's Rumpope (Ecuadorian Holiday Eggnog)

Classic Hot Toddy

Game On

No outdoor party is complete without at least one cool-weather activity to liven up the evening. Cornhole is an all-time favorite for fall, but this year, don't rely on your friends to bring over their set — create your own boards out of old pallets. No more excuses. It’s game time.

How to Make a Corn Hole Game From Pallets

How to Make a Corn Hole Game From Pallets

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Flynnside Out Productions

Not Crazy for Cornhole?

If you’re looking for more game options, check out this list of outdoor games you can play with a drink in your hand. Did somebody say giant Jenga?

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Gather 'Round

Last but never least is everyone’s favorite fall hangout: the firepit. If you’re ready to build your own, we’ve got you covered.

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A firepit is bordered with slate and filled with lava rock and blue glass.

Or, if you’d rather buy than DIY, one of these cozy options might be the one for you.

Cozy Firepits You'll Love

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Perfect Layout

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Weather Is Not an Issue

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Keeping It Real

Fire Sculpture

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Paris Hilton's Old Stomping Grounds

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Curlicues and Coziness

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Add a Little Personality to Your Pit

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Modern Chiminea

Fire Wall

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Mediterranean-Style Chill

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Borrowed From Civic Engineering

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Fire Pit Coffee Table

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Eco-Friendly Industrial

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Small But Sexy

The Perfect Place for a Portable Fire Pit

Sunken Conversation Pit

Cape Cod Quaint

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Use an Old Vessel

Metal Wall to Reflect the Flames

Swirls of Color

Seating Is Important

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Wall and Pit in One

Outdoor Living Spaces

And there you have it. You’re officially ready to throw a killer outdoor party. The only hard part will be getting your guests to leave once it’s over.

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