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Ideas for Autumn Entertaining, Party Inside or Outside with Decorations

Updated on December 12, 2011
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

Autumn entertaining can take place indoors or outside.

Where ever you chose to hold your party, the rich colors and warm, fuzzy feelings of autumn can add a special sense of coziness or elegance to your get-together. If you're having a formal dinner inside, it is your chance to bring nature into your home with harvest-oriented decoration. If you're having a more informal outdoor event, you can bundle up give your party a more rustic feel.

The tips below are great for indoor or outdoor fun.

Fall Entertaining Outdoors

It really is a great time to hang outside. It isn't hot anymore, but it isn't cold yet. The bugs are gone and the light is beautiful.

Create soft lighting. Put tons of candles in glass jars to protect them from the wind. Melt some wax into the bottom of the jar and stick the candle into it so the candle doesn't fall out if the jar gets knocked over.

Get ahold of a fire pit or build a camp fire in your backyard and invite friends over to sit around it, grill sausages, hot dogs, cobs of corn, and potatoes over the fire, and drink hot cider or beer.

Drape blankets or quilts over each chair for your guests to wrap themselves up in.

Add extra seating with hay bales. They go for about $5 at any small farm, and lot of pumpkin patches sell them.

For a more formal dinner, think about moving your dining table outside, along with your chairs and nice plates and cutlery. It will add elegance to you meal.

Find inexpensive fire pits on Amazon

Landmann USA 28240 Halo Fire Pit
Landmann USA 28240 Halo Fire Pit

This fire pit is inexpensive and has a cover for added safety during your outdoor parties.

Yellow corn roasted over a fire or grill can be a special fall treat.
Yellow corn roasted over a fire or grill can be a special fall treat.
A Swiss artist makes good use of seasonal decorations!
A Swiss artist makes good use of seasonal decorations!

Autumn Fun Inside the House

If you don't want to bother with possible rain or the idea that your guests may get cold, you can bring the season inside the house.

Decorate with rich harvest hues, like burgundy and rust-orange. Keep these colors noticeable in napkins, the tablecloth, and the food.

Grab a handful of colorful fall leaves and bring them inside. Sprinkle them over your table and set the plates on top of them. If you're worried that your guests may find this unhygienic, buy them from a craft store.

Fill glass cylinders with acorns, seeds, or nuts and snuggle candles into them.

Use flowers with fall colors, like sunflowers and late-blooming roses to play off of the red, yellow, and orange theme.

Make attractive hangers of apples strung up with twine, and put them on your front door, over the backs of chairs, or use them to weigh down your tablecloth.

Paint guest's names onto small gourds to use as placecards


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    • stephaniedas profile image

      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      Thanks! Autumn is a great time to create a party atmosphere.

    • mackyi profile image

      I.W. McFarlane 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Great Autumn ideas.