Fall is here, and you’re ready to embrace the pumpkin spice, the apple pie, and the orange all around. You’re so enthused, in fact, that you’re ready to throw an amazing fall-themed party for all your friends. Fall parties are a little harder to pull off than summer ones, but there’s no need to fret. Here are some tips to help you host the perfect backyard party this fall.
One tip that almost always works to keep the party exciting is to have outdoor games. Your guests are going to want to have something to do while they’re hanging out in your backyard, so supply them with some entertainment. According to the latest research by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), tennis participation rose nearly 1% to 17.9 million players. While you might not have a full-blown tennis court in your yard, games like table tennis, corn hole, and Kan Jam are always a hit.
Another feature that usually goes over well at parties is adult refreshments. American consumers 21 years and older consumers 27.5 gallons of beer and cider per person during 2015 alone. The best thing about beer and cider is many brands often have fall-exclusive flavors and brews. So your guests can enjoy some Oktoberfest and hard apple cider during your autumn bash.
Clean up the yard
In the 2014 Houzz Spring Landscaping Trends Study, 83% of respondents to the survey said that they considered their backyard to be “an ideal entertaining space.” While that might be true, your backyard won’t be great for entertaining if it’s a mess. The fall time can be especially challenging because the leaves are falling, it’s raining more often, and the mud is everywhere. Make sure you do some tidying up before your guests come to your party.
Set the right seating
No matter how many people you’re inviting to your party, you don’t want everyone clustered in one spot. You also don’t want your guests wandering around all night, so you should create zones that your guests can gravitate towards naturally. Arrange seating in groups of two or three all over the yard. You can put a seating setup near the drink station and the food station too. You can use hay bales and Adirondack chairs to fit in with the fall theme.
Get creative with dessert
Don’t do the usual cake and ice cream for dessert this time. Play off some fall favorites that fit the crowd. If you’re planning on having a bonfire, marry two dessert favorites by making a brownie s’more casserole. Finger foods usually work best at a party, so cut that dessert into squares and pass them around to your guests to munch on while they mingle.
Prepare for the weather
Just like the summer, you never know what kind of weather you’re going to get for your fall party. It might be chilly, or it might be hot. If it’s cold, be prepared with some cozy blankets and a fire to keep your guests comfortable. If it’s hot, make sure you have a fan or two on hand to cool your guests down.
Have the right lighting
Unless you think your guests plan to leave before the sun goes down, you need to make sure you have the proper lighting outside. Not only does the lighting create a great ambiance, it adds safety too so your guests aren’t tripping over themselves in the dark. Invest in some LEDs that reduce energy consumption over 95% and keep the party going all night long.
If you want to be the host with the most the fall and throw the best outdoor party, try these tips! You can put your own spin on any of these classic party tricks to make the party exactly what you want. If you’re still struggling, remember that the U.S. party and event planning industry employs nearly 134,000 people, and you can always enlist one of them for help.