Throw a Fall Harvest Party

Celebrate fall with a party. These simple garden harvest ideas bring out the warmth of the season.

By Sarah Wolf


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Pumpkin Serving Bowl

    Turn a pumpkin into a festive bowl perfect for chips. Use half of a large hallowed-out pumpkin set on top a bed of twigs and fall berries to make the perfect serving bowl for your fall party.

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Vertical Pumpkin Display

    Give a plant stand an autumn-theme job by turning it into a pedestal for mini pumpkins.

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Welcoming Pumpkin Decorations

    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.

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Outdoor Party Decorating Ideas

    A red barn is an ideal setting for a fall garden party. Pumpkins carved with simple decorative slits line the path, inviting guests to come and sit around the harvest-theme table.

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Dress a Harvest Table

    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.

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Cider Serving Arrangement

    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.

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Fall Foliage Wine Cooler

    Wrap a bittersweet vine around a tin bucket and add some fallen leaves to transform it into a stylish wine cooler.

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Pumpkin Flower Vase

    A hollowed-out pumpkin becomes a seasonal vase to showcase fall blooms. It's used here as a centerpiece for the dinner table.

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Put Garden Containers to Use

    Select unusual containers, such as this yellow sap bucket and green wooden vase, to fill with napkins and flatware.

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Old Toolbox Drink 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.

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Add a Toasty Fire

    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.

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Homey Hay Bales

    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.

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Provide Warm Blankets

    Throw blankets made from simple cuts of fleece from a fabrics store keep guests toasty when they're not settled by the fire.

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Swing in Style

    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.

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