Time to Get Started: Party Planning for Fall
Fall is an excellent time to host a party. Whether you want to host a casual, quiet get together or a big party at a farm for the kids, the most important thing to remember is to plan your fall party well in advance.
People are generally busy at this time of year, and many places will book early, so you’ll want to make sure you have the details settled ahead of time! Check out these suggestions for party planning:
- Invitations: Be sure to send out your invitations well before your fall party. With back-to-school, sports games, and the upcoming holiday season, this time of year can be very busy for people. In order to ensure that you have the highest attendance possible, be sure to let your guests know the date, time, and location of the party ahead of time so they can note it in their calendars. Check out these free fall invitations for simple and elegant invites.
- Venue: Be sure to book a venue far before that day of your party. If you are having a dinner party, contact your favorite restaurant and see if they can arrange to have a private room for your party. The chances that you are successful are greatly increased when you book ahead of time! For parties at farms and orchards, such as petting zoo parties and apple picking parties, be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. These kinds of parties are very popular at this time of year, so you’ll want to call well in advance in order to reserve your party.
- Menu: A fall menu should be full of seasonal ingredients that create a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Because the fall is a time of transition from summer to winter, dishes should combine the heartiness of winter dishes with lighter ingredients. Think to add menu items such as turkey chili, oven-roasted vegetables, and warm bean salads. For dessert, think warm apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, pumpkin pie, spicy gingersnap cookies, and hot tea. Caterers usually dream up beautiful seasonal menus, but as with everything else, you’ll have to book far in advance! If you want to make the food yourself, think to hire wait staff to circulate the food at your autumn celebration. If not, set up a buffet table—just make sure to have all of the necessary serving platters and warming trays.