Sure “The” Holidays are right around the corner, but why wait to celebrate? Host a party in early October and beat everyone to the punch bowl. You’ll get to enjoy guests who are relaxed and ready for fun rather than the variety that shows up harried and distracted to every event between Halloween and Christmas.
Here are our three favorite themes for an easy-going party perfect for hosting when the weather’s crisp – and temperaments are still chill.
Autumn Festival Celebrate the end of harvest season with a fun fall party perfect for the whole family. Borrow a card template from our collection of Thanksgiving Greetings, and use our editor to adapt it quickly and easily for your homegrown Autumn Festival. To set the scene, toss a bunch of hay bales in your backyard and drape checkered tablecloths on top. This one simple prop will get you some great atmosphere along with plenty of extra seating. Serve mini caramel apples along with spiked mulled cider for the grown-ups and hot chocolate for the kids. Set up some fun fall-inspired activities for kids like bobbing for apples and some crafts like owls made out of painted paper plates or hand-print tree canvases.
An Evening in Paris Send out Mixbook’s invitation called An Evening in Paris to summon your favorite mesdames et messieurs for a soiree to remember. Cook up a roast chicken that would make Julia Child swoon, then serve it next to rosemary-infused bistro-style pomme frites, roasted asparagus and a beautiful bottle of Borgogne or Bordeaux. Decorate with little baskets that look like they might have been uncovered at a French flea market, and fill each one with mini potted French Violets. When the set-up’s done, don your French sailors’ shirts and queue up the Edith Piaf. When guests are done sipping wine to their favorite chanteuse, send them home with the potted flowers as parting favors.
Game Night Send out Mixbook’s Game Night invitation to rally friends and family for a night of cutthroat competition disguised as wholesome family fun. The Scrabble board–inspired design will make everyone think you’re a clearly a novice since the words don’t even fall on Triple Letter Scores. But this is part of your strategy. Guests don’t need to know that you’ve been studying the Scrabble dictionary every night for the past decade. Build on that relaxed vibe by putting out simple snacks like letter cookies, and Scrabble Junior Cheez-Its (yes, it’s actually a Scrabble/Cheez-It partnership) sparkling water and cold beer. Take it easy the first couple turns, then start busting out “qi” and “xu” on triples and watch everyone get their game faces on. That’s when the real fun begins! Your cozy little game night suddenly becomes an all-out battle – the kind that becomes a tradition not to be missed.
Have fun this fall before things get crazy!