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.
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
This spicy, vegetarian carrot-ginger soup can be served hot or at room temperature. Spoon single servings into shot glasses for the perfect party-sized portion. Get the recipe.
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
This simple, rustic appetizer is a great way to get any fall or holiday gathering started. The flavors are a little sweet and a little savory. The textures shine with toasty bread, crunchy nuts and a delicious creamy topping.
Make This: Crostini With Herbed Cream Cheese Spread
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.
Make This: Boozy, Oven-Baked S'mores
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.
Make This: Slow-Cooker Sangria
Time for Wine
Or, make a big batch of this mulled white wine – light, sweet and perfect for fall.
Make This: Mulled White Wine
Non-drinkers need more than tap water. Luckily, these colorful mocktails are fun alternatives that everyone can enjoy.
Stylish Cocktail Glassware
An important part of planning the bar is thinking about the type of glassware that will be used to serve each drink. While traditionalists recommend a different glass for red and white wine, you can keep things simple by using a multipurpose glass for both. You might also try searching for unique and vintage glassware at flea markets and garage sales to add to your collection; don't be afraid to mix and match stemware for an eclectic look. For large parties, we recommend renting glassware. It comes perfectly polished, and there's no need to clean before returning.
Make This: Three Tasty Mocktails
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.
Make This: Upcycled Pallet Cornhole Boards
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?
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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Or, if you’d rather buy than DIY, one of these cozy options might be the one for you.
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.