With freshening winds blowing softly against your face and warm-colored
trees adorning the ground with their foliage, autumn is the season of
enchantment. The look, smell and feel of such an enthralling time of year
seems to beg for social celebration. If you haven't yet experienced
the pleasure of throwing an outdoor fall party, now is the perfect time
to plan one. Here are five well-thought-out ways to make your autumn bash
the most exquisite party of the year.
First thing's first, before you begin writing out your guest list and
before you even start to
think about the food you want to prepare: do a physical sweep of your yard. Check
everything to make sure it is safe, sturdy and clean. Particularly make
sure to inspect your roof and siding to see if there are any damages whatsoever
that need to be addressed. A battered roof and siding is not only visually
unappealing to your guests, it is also potentially hazardous to your home's
interior. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your home's
exterior contactGlen Ellyn Siding Replacement or Glen Ellyn Roof Repair
for matchless service and advice.
When it comes to decorating for an outdoor autumn event, you have a lot
of natural resources to your advantage. Fallen red, orange and yellow
leaves make great garlands, table centerpieces, lantern embellishments
and anything else you can think of. Bales of hay, cornstalks, pumpkins,
pine cones and loose pieces of wood or branches are other natural elements
that are perfect for decorating. Cast iron and burlap are also popular
decorative features. If you suspect that your event will fall on a colder
day, you can use blankets, sweaters and other warm items as decorative
items that can also be used to keep your guests warm.
Thoughts for Food
There is a ridiculous amount of ideas for fall party food that you can
find all over the web. Concerning the type of food you should provide,
that all depends on what kind of a party you are throwing. If you're
throwing a more casual, laid-back party then finger foods like chicken
or hamburger sliders and one-dish meals like stew or chilli are perfect.
Fancier or more upscale parties can have full-course meals served at beautifully
decorated table on the back deck. If you're wanting to serve snacks
instead of a meal then fondue, s'mores, popcorn, roasted nuts, sugar
cookies and caramel apples make delicious snacks. Because fall is the
opening season for colder weather, hot, sweet beverages are what make
the party. Hot chocolate, apple cider and specialty coffee are what people
often look forward to experiencing at a cool, autumn party.
Just like your food options, there is a limitless amount of games and activities
you can do at a fall party with kids, adults or both. Charades, bobbing
for apples, mini hay rides, bean bag toss, ring toss, three-legged races,
musical chairs and so, so much more. Food eating contests are also a big
hit with pies, donuts, pudding or whatever else you want to come up with.
You can also create little side activities like 5 minute craft table,
standin boards for pictures and DIY photobooths. Outdoor dancing is also
super fun for both kids and adults.
Heat Source Options
Along with warm, decorative blankets, there are a few other ways to warm
up your guests when the party starts to chill. You can create your own
fire pit or purchase a portable one. Standing heaters are also available
for rent or purchase if you want to go in that direction. Of course the
cheapest way to keep your guests warm on a cold party night is to tell
everyone in advance that they should come prepared with coats, gloves,
hats and warm shoes and socks. If you don't mind sharing, you can
have a basket ready with an extra amount of some of these items, just
in case. Warm food and drink as well as physically active games will also
help your guests stay warm.
From tasty, warm food and drink to the exquisite autumn décor, your
fall party ought to make a long lasting impression with your guests. You
don't even need a reason to celebrate this season other than enjoying
nature's beauty with the company of family and friends. Get started
on the guest list today and take full advantage of this fleetingly brief
time of year to throw a fall party in your own backyard.