10/23/12

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Enjoy Fall With a Festive Harvest Party

Fall is a great season for cultivating warmth and community, and what better way is there to enjoy community than by hosting a fall harvest gathering? For those of you who love to entertain, autumn’s canvas of colors provides endless creative inspiration for a fabulous harvest party. Below are a few tips to help you plan an unforgettable harvest party.

Create a fall atmosphere by decorating with items like pumpkins.

Decorate with pumpkins to create a fall ambiance.
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1. Create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. As the weather cools, a warm and inviting atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for your harvest party. Use scented candles and oil burners to incorporate the scents of the season, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and apple spice, for an aromatic touch. Another bright idea is to decorate with apples, pumpkins, leaves, pine cones, and warm, vibrant hues. To further enhance your party’s atmosphere, consider setting tables outdoors with autumn-colored candles. Guests will enjoy chatting around candlelight as the daylight fades.

Showcase fall's bounty by cooking with seasonal fall foods.

Showcase fall’s bounty with seasonal fall foods.
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2. Highlight fall with seasonal foods. Showcase fall’s bounty by asking guests to bring their favorite fall dishes and desserts. Not only does this help to cut food costs, but it’s also a great opportunity to enjoy foods that are delicious in fall, like apples, pumpkins, dates, pears, squash, and sweet potatoes. You may even be able to shop for seasonal fall foods locally at farmer’s market. If you need some inspiration, Whitney Lauritsen’s article on Organic Authority provides excellent ideas for autumn-inspired recipes. Top it all off with a delicious red wine, as suggested by Heather Barnett of SheKnows.com.

Offset chilly fall air with a fire pit and s'mores!

Offset chilly autumn air with a fire pit and s’mores!
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3. Incorporate creative activities and entertainment. Creative entertainment will make your harvest party memorable for years to come. Take advantage of cooler fall air by hosting games and activities outside. An article on families.com provides great ideas that both adults and children will enjoy, such as the scarecrow relay, musical bales, beaded necklace-making, or the classic bobbing for apples. One creative and “green” idea is to host a fall sweater exchange, which involves having guests bring and exchange sweaters that are in good condition but may not suit their taste or size anymore. You can also offset chilly fall air by gathering around a fire pit. You may even want to throw in s’mores!

This year, enjoy community and savor the experience of fall with a harvest party. We hope these tips serve as inspiration to dream up your own creative ideas for a great party experience. What are some memorable ideas from autumn harvest parties that you’ve attended? We encourage you to share in the comments box below. In the meantime, happy fall!

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