"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."
Nora Ephron had it right when she wrote this famous line in the beginning of You've Got Mail. There's just something about fall that feels like a new beginning — an occasion to start fresh with an abundance of number two pencils. And what better way to celebrate the beginning of a new season than with a fabulous fete? Whether you're an entertaining novice or on your way to Martha Stewart status, we've rounded up the best fall party ideas to kick-start the season.
1. Add spooky details.
Getting your home ready for a fall-themed party doesn't mean you have to buy all new decor. Instead, take a tip from Carrie Waller and opt for this DIY bat branch centerpiece that will add a touch of spooky fun to your dining table.
2. Welcome guests with an autumnal wreath.
This fall party idea focuses on setting a festive tone from the moment your guests arrive thanks to the vibrant, earthy color palette and natural textures. If you really want to win guests over with a great first impression, try pairing this DIY wreath with these outdoor fall decorating ideas.
3. Include a thoughtful party favor.
Thanksgiving is an especially perfect holiday to try out this fall party idea, but even if you aren't hosting the big event this year, a thoughtful, considered gift makes a charming addition to any place setting. To finish the look, add in a few sprigs of greenery or fresh flowers to create layers and texture.
4. DIY a gilded garland with paper leaves.
This might just be the year that everyone fights over who gets to eat at the kids table, thanks to this charming DIY by Trisha Sprouse. A gilded garland over the eating area adds an extra touch of whimsy, while the craft paper tablecloth is perfect for coloring (and easy clean up!).
5. Showcase the season with a produce-inspired centerpiece.
There's no better way to celebrate the season than with a good harvest. This produce-inspired centerpiece is both elegant and relaxed, making it perfect for a sophisticated dinner party. Add extra flair with long black tapers and gold candleholders for contrast.
6. Take it outside.
Take advantage of the crisp fall temperatures with an outdoor dinner party à la The Sweet and Simple Kitchen. Add ambiance and functionality with string lights hung from the tree branches for a look that feels both natural and effortlessly beautiful — the hallmark of an autumnal celebration.
7. Feature a festive bar cart.
A bar cart is to a party what the kitchen is to a home: the heart. Create a festive place to gather around with seasonal inspired aperitifs and treats, complemented by a rich color palette of black, gold, ruby, and orange.
Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.