Fall Parties: 21 Fun and Festive Decorating Ideas

Fall is a perfect time for partying, don’t you think? There’s a nip in the air, there’s a general feeling of festivity all around…which means you need to throw a party! It doesn’t necessarily have to be a Halloween party, although it can be. Lots of things happen in the fall season that could use some boost – birthdays, housewarming parties, baby showers, costume parties…the list goes on and on.

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Here are some great decorating and party ideas for your fall-time celebration, whatever it is. But don’t forget that the best part of a party isn’t the décor or the food (although those elements make it fun!), it’s the people you share the time with.

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Pumpkins are the ultimate fall-time décor. How about using a large one as your party’s drink dispenser? Hollow it out, then fit it with a glass bowl or punch bowl. Fill with ice and the beverages of your choice.

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For a spontaneous fall-time party, you don’t have to be out of luck in the décor department! Grab a roll of black ribbon and some googly eyes. Tie these “bats” to some branches, and you’ll be ready to party in no time. (I think this décor idea is adorable.)

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For a fall party with a simpler, subtler color palette, these gold sequined polka dot pumpkins are perfectly adorable. You could use these as décor in advance or decorate them during a kid’s party activity. Either way, they’re sure to add sparkle throughout the season.{found on sugarandcloth}.

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If your fall party involves a tablescape of any sort a black and white tablecloth helps to neutralize the plethora of vivid autumn orange tones.

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Whether it’s a full-fledged fall party you’re throwing or merely an after-school snack gathering, these edible “mouth” snacks make an awesome décor idea. For three minutes, anyway, until they’re eaten… (Lined up on a tray like that, though – don’t they look delightfully creepy?)

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Fall is a lovely time to host a dinner party, what with it getting all cold outside and cozy inside. Celebrate the harvest season with a light, airy, yet perfectly seasonal grain stalk centerpiece. Play around with textures on the entire table, actually, to help your dinner guests remember this night for a long time.{found on site}.

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A fall birthday party looks extra festive with yarn-wrapped cardboard “numbers” and coordinated candies on display in glass.{found on bendthelightblog}.

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Give your silverware an extra boost, both vertically and aesthetically, by tossing some colorful candy into the bottom of a mason jar. This makes the silverware easy to access while looking festive as well. Top it all off with a tied piece of twine, jute, or string.{found on babymamajuice}.

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I love a serving table with some oomph, and this one is perfect for a Halloween party. Black plastic bowls become spiders, cauldron make fabulously spooky serving bowls, and an errant black rat skitters across. Keeping a tight color scheme makes every detail pack a punch.

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A subtle nod to the changing season, and a way to decorate for a more sophisticated autumn party, might be the simple inclusion of candle-lit lanterns, either inside or out. (Battery-operated votives are a fire-safety option as well.)

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An organic option for a fall party punch bowl is simply a hollowed-out pumpkin. One of the benefits of using a pumpkin for serving is that it provides decoration and function throughout the length of your party!{found on site}.

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An outdoor autumn party can look stunning and understated by opting for more neutral/natural party décor. Chopped wood stumps as candle holders and place mats provide a uniquely warm feel and pair perfectly with non-traditional green and white gourds.

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Involve your kids in the party prep by DIYing some toilet paper bat décor. Often, decorations are at eye level or lower; these bring the festivity all the way to the ceiling and are a fun touch for a fall birthday or Halloween party.{found on practicallyfunctional}.

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Mix and match objects found in nature with those same objects in other forms. I love the pinecone candle holders here, adjacent to a wooden bowl full of real pinecones. And teeny pinecone “stems” on yarn pumpkins are a heart-warming touch.{found on diyshowoff}.

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Fall offers so many opportunities for a themed party – like a witch party. Get creative with it all! Hang witch’s hats from the ceiling, layer interesting tablecloths (cheesecloth and burlap are fall’s best fabric friends, I think), and put that chalkboard to good, decorative use for a be-witchingly fun time.

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Simple mason jars filled with all things autumnal (e.g., pinecones, candy corns, acorns, even orange tea candles) are a quick and easy way to decorate for a fall party…and for the whole season.

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A kid-friendly edible decoration for a kid party in the fall is a genius idea. These waffle cone “cornucopia” are fantastically autumn-esque, and they’re sure to bring a smile to the face of every kid there. Have fun perusing the aisles of your grocery store for a trail mix that works for your gathering.{found on site}.

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Throwing a fall baby shower? Oversized tissue paper poms, either hanging from the ceiling or wall-mounted, are an easy and inexpensive way to decorate any size of space.

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Pull out your white porcelain vases or bowls, add a few orange sprigs and picks, and you’ve got yourself a festive entry table to any autumn party. This is a great way to decorate for a housewarming party, because it uses what you’ve already got (and what’s already unpacked).

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Transform the traditional birthday game, the one with a donkey and some tails, into a fall-focused version: pin the spider on the butcher-paper web. Sounds fun, right? And so easy to make.{found on babbledabbledo}.

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Always remember that, no matter what the true purpose of your fall party, food can play a part of the décor! Caramel-covered apples, for example, are an eye-catching (and mouth-watering!) display in the most casual or elegant settings.