9 Fall Holiday Party Ideas

By ryan | September 15, 2020 | Events,

With fall here, it’s time to start thinking about how you might make the most of this special season. If you’re unsure of what kinds of activities best suit fall, you’re at the right place—each of the 9 fall holiday party ideas below offers something fun, special and unique. There’s really no shortage of creative and traditional ways to enjoy and celebrate fall! 

1. Host a Bonfire or Go Camping

shoes poking out of a tent with a beautiful mountain view as a fall activity.

Hosting a bonfire is one of the quintessential fall activities. Check first with the local fire warnings near the campsite to know if it’s safe to have a fire, but if possible, roasting marshmallows around a fire with a few friends or family over is a great way to kickstart your fall festivities.

If anything, you can invite friends to go camping and to bring their guitars for night music, or simply swap stories and chat under the stars.

2. Pumpkin Decorating Competitions

multi-colored pumpkins with flowers on top for decoration

As we approach pumpkin season with Halloween around the corner, pumpkin decorating is a great way of celebrating the new season. Whether your carve, or paint, or decorate your pumpkin, the best way to celebrate it is with a little competition. Getting people together and seeing who can come up with the most creative pumpkin carving is definitely memorable!

3. Caramel Apple Bar

caramel apples with chocolate and pecans for a party

If you have a sweet tooth and want to enjoy some great seasonal food, you could create your own caramel apple bar. It’s perfect for families and small groups of friends, especially for kids. You can use many different kinds of toppings to add creativity and flavor to the event.

4. Backyard Movie Party

backyard movie on a projector under a cloudy night sky

There’s nothing quite like watching a movie under the stars. Since some movie theaters are closed, taking the chance to project a movie onto an old bed sheet in the backyard is even more fun and even more charming than ever before.

Find a location with sufficient space and choose a time when it’s not too cold and invite a few family and friends to join in. Whether it’s Tenet, Mulan, or a return to another year’s classic Halloween movie, you can find something to please the crowd.

5. Fall Decoration Modge Podge Party

Leaves for making fall decorations

If you want to get creative and have some fun with crafts this fall, a modge podge party might be just what you need. Coating the most perfect, colorful-looking leaves will preserve them for stringing them along your mantle, strewing on the table runner, or for use in other craft ideas. You can even add glitter for stiffer leaves and a splash of shimmer.

6. Classic Chili Competition

Chili for a fall activity competition with friends

Chili is the perfect seasonal food; warm, filling, and delicious, this is the season when you really want to make great comfort food! Have fun by hosting a chili competition with a few friends and family. You can have it carefully served to be conscientious of the coronavirus, but allow guests to try different bowls and vote on different categories. Or you can just choose some judges to select a winner.

7. Fall Flower Arrangement Party

a bouquet of seasonal fall flowers

Flower arranging can be a lot of fun. If you’re looking for a party activity that you can complete with your girlfriends, or whoever wants to get involved for that matter, there’s no better activity to choose. 

Buy some fall-time flowers, possibly even some leaves or fall-related arrangements to add to the fall theme, and arrange some flowers for your perfect autumn bouquet to set on the mantle, or tie into a table runner.

8. Pie Bake-Off

apple, pumpkin, and a cherry pies for a competition

If you’re more of a pie person, another fun way to eat some great food is to host a big pie bake-off. Pie is great at any time of the year, but it’s a great preparation for the Thanksgiving season. Ask your friends to bring a few pies to try, and encourage different varieties so you can get a taste of cherry, apple, pumpkin, pecan, and more!

9. Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving for a fall activity with friends

Who says you can only celebrate Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day If you want to do something different this Thanksgiving, you can host a full-on Friendsgiving celebration for a few friends to celebrate on a day separate from Thanksgiving. This is when you show appreciation for your friends, and spend some quality time with them as we head into the holiday season.

As you can see, there are so many ways to have fun with those closest to you this fall, so make the most of the season and what it has to offer. If you’re looking to begin the process of planning one of the parties above, you can use rental services for any tables, chairs, decorations, and so many more amenities available to make your preparation that much easier.