As the leaves start to turn and the sun sets a little earlier every day, it's easy to fall back into the daily grind that summer tends to make us forget. But just because the days are getting a little shorter doesn't mean there's not still time to celebrate. From pumpkin spice to pumpkin carving, fall has so much to offer—and if you need an excuse to invite family and friends over, we've got it. Here are some great ideas to help you welcome fall the right way.
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Host a Fall Harvest Bonfire
Outdoor parties don't have to end just because summer is over. This fall, invite your friends or have your teen invite friends over to relish the crisp air and host a harvest bonfire. Blogger Joy in the Commonplace gathered a few hay benches and some cozy flannel, and hosted an epic bonfire party—complete with a s'mores bar for adults and kids alike.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Pumpkin Carving Competition
Ready for a little friendly competition? Host your friends and family for a pumpkin carving competition and see who can create the very best jack-o'-lantern. Prep your space with enough pumpkins for carving, stock up on fall-friendly foods like hot chocolate and brownies and set up an anonymous voting box to crown the very best carver.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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There are few things more comforting than a hot bowl of chili. This fall, set up a build-it-yourself chili bar with all of the fixings for your guests to create a prize-winning recipe. Blogger How Sweet Eats adds toppings such as tater tots and Cheetos to take her chili bar to the next level.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Pumpkin Spice Party
Nothing says it's sweater weather like a large thermos of pumpkin spice coffee. Turn your favorite drink into a party with a pumpkin spice-themed bash. Not sure where to start? Good news: There are endless recipes out there to satisfy any pumpkin lover. Haute & Healthy Living threw a pumpkin spice party for her friends and family and even offers free printables that you can use to decorate your home for your guests.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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DIY Leaf Craft Party
If your family and friends are crafty, a day of creating and experimenting is a great way to bring your favorite people together. Gather a bunch of fallen leaves of all different colors, print out instructions to a handful of DIYs for decorating with fall leaves and set up making stations. Be sure to have all supplies on hand, or ask guests to BYOS(upplies).Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Caramel Apple Bar
Whether you are hosting children or just children-at-heart, a caramel apple bar is a big hit for any fall party. Blogger Moms and Munchkins set up a buffet for her guests to create their own caramel apples. Keep the caramel warm with a mini crockpot and add toppings such as marshmallows, M&Ms, and white chocolate.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Outdoor Movie Party
While we all say we'll spend time outside throughout the summer, the sweltering heat and humidity often make it too uncomfortable to enjoy your backyard. That's why fall is the perfect time of year to host a backyard movie-watching party. Gather some wool or flannel blankets, a few pillows and set up a projector under the stars. Just don't forget the chocolate-covered popcorn.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Even if you can't make it all the way to Germany, you can celebrate Oktoberfest with a themed party. In Munich, Oktoberfest is celebrated outdoors, so host a backyard bash with a menu of sausage, German potato salad, sauerkraut and German chocolate cake. Decorate with German colors such as black, red, and gold, and you'll never know you're not partying in Munich.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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DIY Football Party
Fall is all about football, so why not host a Sunday football party even non-sports fans will love. Set up a themed buffet like this one from Design Eat Repeat, with easy-to-hold snacks and a hot dog bar. There are endless ways to host a tailgating party that will make you look forward to game day every weekend.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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October 4th is National Taco Day, so if you needed an excuse to indulge in tacos, this is it. Host a taco-themed party like kimcharlesevents', complete with a design-your-own taco bar, margaritas and more. Host inside or out, just be sure to complete the party's look with brightly colored decor, such as tassels or piñatas.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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It's time to put away that bottle of rosé and reach for a crisp glass of beer. Host your friends for a beer-tasting party (pumpkin brew is totally acceptable) and discover beers from local breweries around your town. Take this party to the next level by purchasing beer glasses for everyone as favors.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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DIY Candle Party
Distract yourself from the dropping temperatures by keeping warm with your own DIY candles. It's surprisingly easy to make your own candles, and is an extremely affordable craft to host at your next party. Pick fall scents like pumpkin, apple, or cinnamon, and go the extra mile by printing out your own fall-inspired candle decals.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Succulents are one of those plants that even those of us with a black thumb can keep alive. Host a succulent-themed party to keep the garden vibe going all fall and winter long. Blogger Jenny Cookies even prepared take-home mini succulents for her guests to plant in their own homes after the party ends.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Embrace your inner child this fall by hosting an adults-only board game party. You can include the classics like Clue or JENGA, but also plan for a few PG-13 games, such as Cards Against Humanity. The good news about a game night party is that all you have to do to keep guests happy is stock your fridge with drinks and snacks and you'll undoubtedly have a great time.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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If you've never hosted a Friendsgiving before, this is the year. As if you needed another excuse to eat mashed potatoes and stuffing, a Friendsgiving is a great way to thank your BFFs for being there for you all year long. Craft a few DIY Friendsgiving decor items and start a potluck signup for the easiest party your friends will love.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Themed Costume Party
While hosting a fall costume party may not be a novel idea, mix it up this year by creating a theme and asking your guests to dress accordingly. From jungle animals to Harry Potter, there are countless ways to give your guests a few parameters and see what they show up wearing.