We’re a little ways into October, now. The trees are turning colors, the air is cool and crisp, and Halloween is creeping up on us. It’s the perfect time to throw a colorful, fun Autumn party.
Maybe you’re planning on entertaining this Fall, but you’re pretty sure entertaining guests means spending a truckload of money you don’t have to buy fancy food and decorations. Never you fear! That couldn’t be farther from the truth. All you need to throw a beautiful Autumn party is a little creativity and a tiny bit of money. It definitely won’t break your bank.
Set the Mood…Keep It Simple
You don’t need a bunch of fancy decorations to make your Autumn party memorable. There’s tons of ways to decorate without hurting your wallet. String up some fairy lights and light candles to set a cozy mood. Throw some warm blankets into a crate by the door for guests to grab as they come in. For a simple centerpiece, use a simple dish, some candy corn, and some tealights to light up your table. Get the Autumn scents floating through your home by making some easy DIY cinnamon-scented pinecones. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy. The whole point of the season is to celebrate the changing outdoors and to be cozy and rustic. Just a few simple touches will do the trick.
Organize Some Fun Activities
Of course, you probably want to give your guests something to do while the food cooks. There’s lots of easy ways to do this. You could curl up in a bunch of warm blankets and watch a scary movie, or, when it gets dark, try organizing a glow in the dark pumpkin ring toss. If you have your own backyard has a spot clear of trees, you can even host your own bonfire outside. There’s nothing better than sitting out on a cool Fall night, roasting marshmallows, listening to music, and telling jokes over a crackling fire.
If you don’t have a backyard for a bonfire, try organizing a s’more’s bar inside. Simply set out some tealights or small candles, the classic s’more toppings in dishes for your guests to choose from, and let them roast their marshmallows over the tiny open flames with wooden or metal skewers. It’s sure to be a winner, and the bonus? It’ll hardly cost you a thing.
Make Some Easy Snacks
Of course, what’s a party without the snacks? It can get pretty pricey to feed a horde of hungry party guests, but don’t worry. It’s easy to save some money and still have tasty food to go around. Of course, a classic, easy option is to make your own party vegetable platter. Buying the individual vegetables, like cherry tomatoes, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and bell peppers and cutting them up yourself is a much more inexpensive option than buying a whole platter. It also means your options are completely customizable. You can do any assortment of veggies you want.
If you’re looking for something a little more involved and definitely Autumn-themed, try making mini apple pie bites, or a big bowl of Harvest Hash trail mix. For drinks, try your hand at making a pot of tasty homemade apple cider. Or, for something a little bit fancier, sparkling apple cider sangria. These are all recipes that are sure to keep your guests happy without forcing you to spend a bunch of money. Keep your snacks simple, and your wallet will inevitably be happy.
…Or Go All Out
If you’re looking to host something that’s more of a fancy dinner party, there’s nothing wrong with that! You can definitely create a meal that will impress your guests without having to shell out the big bucks.
The trick to tasty, incredible dishes for an Autumn party is all in the flavor and the coziness of the food. The weather’s getting cold, so we naturally seek comforting, warm foods. You don’t need to be flashy, you just need to incorporate some classic Autumn flavors. Try making this gorgeous tomato and basil tortellini soup, or, for something that’ll really impress your guests without costing a bunch of money: cider peach chicken.
For dessert? You can’t go wrong with baked apples. They’re inexpensive, tasty, have ‘Autumn’ written all over them, and sure to be a hit.
With a little planning and a lot of creativity, you can easily create a stunning party this Fall on a budget that’ll keep your guests entertained, saying ‘wow’ the whole time.