How to Host a Rustic, Fall Backyard Party

We'll show you how to create the perfect atmosphere for a classic, fall-themed backyard party your guests will love.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Party Perfection

Invite family and friends over for a celebratory backyard get-together that's a little bit rustic and sophisticated and whole lot of fun.

Make It Interactive

If you're keeping score, do it on an oversized outdoor chalkboard. It's easy to make, and we love how multipurpose it is. When you're not keeping score, it can become an art canvas or menu display for more formal gatherings. Get the How-To

Create Conversation Zones

If you have the space, create a few different seating areas. This will help create a better traffic flow and keep everyone from congregating in one spot too long.

Use Indoor Accessories

Bringing accessories from inside your home onto the deck is an instant way to elevate any outdoor space. Just remember, when the party's over, don't forget to take them back indoors.

Seasonal Sips

Nothing says fall like cider. This bourbon and honey cider cocktail is delicious and perfect for a fall shindig. Get the Recipe

Upcycled Elements

Let your rustic style shine through with this upcycled beverage station made from an old stool. The spigot allows water to drain easily when the ice melts. Get the How-To

Organic Vessels

Skip the glass or ceramic vase and go organic instead. A hollowed-out tree branch or fresh produce can make beautiful vessels for seasonal florals. Get the How-To

Keep It Casual

The key to a great party is allowing yourself to enjoy it, so keep it casual and let your guests serve themselves. Set up a simple buffet with just a few tasty bites and let the sparkling conversation begin!

Sweet + Savory Bites

A do-it-yourself caramel apple bar is always a crowd-pleaser. It's the perfect way to serve up something that's both sweet and savory. Guests can choose their dip and get creative with an assortment of delicious toppings. Make Your Own

Clever Details

Small details matter. Something as simple as hollowing out a few apples and placing tea lights inside can add that extra little something to an otherwise ho-hum tablescape. Get the How-To

Fun + Games

Keep games and dice handy just in case guests get competitive. You never know when someone will want to play a friendly game of Bunco!

Stay Cozy

Keep plenty of throw blankets handy to take the chill off as the sun goes down.

Sophisticated Style

Mix in a few metallics, like brass or silver, to keep the rustic look feeling slightly sophisticated and glam.

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