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Give a plant stand an autumn-theme job by turning it into a pedestal for mini pumpkins.
A pile of pumpkins in a rainbow of fall hues is a sweetly seasonal way to greet guests. Pick the shapeliest pumpkin to be the center of attention and paint "welcome" on its side using crafts paint and a small artist's brush.
A horse trough topped with an old door stands in as a buffet table. Green hydrangeas billow from a giant glass cookie jar surrounded by green and white gourds.
Pumpkins, squash, kale, gourds, and a basket of mums surround a bowl brimming with apple cider. Set the bowl in a large basket for a rustic presentation, and place cups and napkins in smaller baskets.
Wrap a bittersweet vine around a tin bucket and add some fallen leaves to transform it into a stylish wine cooler.
An old blue box, perhaps once used to store tools, serves as a makeshift cooler. Surround the drink cooler with colorful pumpkins and fall berries to complete the look for your harvest party.
Bring in a portable fire pit to set the stage for a magical and warm nighttime gathering. For a sweet treat, toast marshmallows after dinner.
Scatter hay bales just off the patio to provide extra seats and tables. Cover the bales with warm blankets for party guests to sit on or use.
Throw blankets made from simple cuts of fleece from a fabrics store keep guests toasty when they're not settled by the fire.
A swing hung from a sturdy branch allows kids another way to relish the last days of mild weather. Decorative lights strung on cut branches extend the fun into twilight.