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. 

Red Marquee Letters Spelling "Fall"

How to Make Marquee Letters

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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.

Shot glasses full of carrot-ginger soup

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

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.

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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.

S'mores Brownies on a Gold-Colored Platter

Spiked S'mores Brownies Recipe

Grownups deserve a sweet treat, too and these Spiked S'mores are just the thing for cool-weather hangouts, with or without a campfire.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

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.

Glass of Slow Cooker Sangria With Cinnamon-Stick Garnish

Slow Cooker Sangria Cocktail Recipe

It's everything you love about sangria, with a warm twist. Cinnamon and hibiscus tea add spicy earthiness to this cold-weather cocktail. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy time with your guests.

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 Wine in Seafoam Tea Cups

Mulled White Wine

Warm up your next soiree with this deliciously aromatic Mulled White Wine recipe.

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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 for a Party

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.

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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.

Red and Blue Corn Hole Boards

How to Make a Corn Hole Game From Pallets

Liven up your next backyard bash with this vintage inspired corn hole game made from old wooden pallets.

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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?



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.

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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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