Five ‘Welcome Autumn’ Party Ideas

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The Autumnal Equinox is this Saturday, September 22nd and it marks the first day of fall. The onset of a new season is the perfect time to gather friends and family together, so why not throw a welcome fall party complete with apples, pumpkins, campfires, hearty food or anything else that reminds you of this time of year.  Here are five party ideas for getting together and celebrating this magical season.

Whole Grain Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Maple Compote via honey and jam

Relaxed Backyard Brunch

Move your table out to the backyard and host a casual brunch in the open air; mismatched chairs, dishes and decor will keep the mood relaxed, or you could even throw a blanket down and have a picnic brunch. These whole grain pumpkin pancakes would be a hearty way to fill up before a day of apple picking or an afternoon hike.

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Sweets and Cider

This is a great idea for a party where you will be entertaining plenty of kids; set up a sweets and cider buffet and let your guests help themselves. Make some savoury appetizers to keep grownups happy and decorate simply with branches or white pumpkins.

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Host an Elegant Outdoor Dinner Party

Take advantage of all the fall harvest goodness by throwing an outdoor dinner soiree. Set a table amongst the leaves in your backyard and use colours of the season such as red, orange, gold and green to inspire decorations.

When the sun starts to go down set a few of these gourd votives on the table to keep the party going. They are surprisingly easy to make, you can find all the directions here. A row of these would look beautiful lining a walkway as well.

Personalized Roasting Forks from Design Mom

Campfire Smore Party

Squeeze in one last campfire before it is too chilly outside, and while you’re at it why not throw a smores party?  Even though the graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow combo is a classic you can try experimenting with dried fruits, different kinds of cookies, or varieties of chocolate.  Provide a stack of wool blankets to keep guests cozy.

liquid apple pie via teroforma

Fig Old Fashioned via the kitchn

Festive Fall Cocktail Party

Stay warm during those chilly autumn nights by having a few friends over for a fall-themed cocktail party. Offer a selection of cocktails in flavours like apple, fig, or pumpkin. Appetizers can be simple and rustic like crusty bread, dips and olives or try spicy flavours to pair with spiced drinks.

Do you have any fall traditions or will you be making a new one this year?

Happy Friday Everyone!

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