Apple-Theme Fall Party

Hot Spiced Cider
Celebrate the changing leaves and crisp days of fall with our easy-as-pie party theme: apples! With easy party ideas like a trip to the orchard and an apple-inspired menu, all you need to do is relax and enjoy fall's goodness.

Party Food: Apple Pie Pops

Everyone loves apple pie, so why not give each guest their own? Our pie pops are as delicious as they are cute, especially in fall-perfect maple leaf shapes.

Party Food: Feta Crostini with Tomato, Bacon, and Apple Jam

Complete with a sweet apple jam, salty feta, and crispy bacon, these crispy crostini are prime party-starters.

Party Decor: Apple Mugs

Hot spiced cider is a fall must, and this idea makes it totally wow-worthy. Impress your guests with cider served in apples. To make them, cut the tops off eight extra-large apples. Use an ice cream scoop or melon baller to scoop out the centers and core, leaving a 1/2-inch shell. (Don't scoop too close to the bottom and sides of the apples.) For a perfect presentation, brush insides of "mugs" with lemon juice to prevent them from browning.

Party Drinks: Cider Bar

Set a table with a mix of hard ciders and a tray of glasses so guests can help themselves. For the kids, we recommend warm—or cold!—apple cider.

Sweet and Spicy Apple Crisps

These dressed-up apple slices have it all: they're sweet, spicy, and crispy. You can even make them ahead so your hosting duties are that much easier. Store them in an airtight container for up to a week.

Party Decor: Tablecloth Weights

Weight your tablecloth with sweet and easy apple decorations. Cut two pieces of twine, each about 20 inches longer than the sides of your table. Pierce through each apple with an awl, and tie the applies on the ends of the twine. The extra length allows the apples to hang over the table edges to keep the tablecloth secure even on a windy day.

Party Food: Apple Sheet Cake

It’s just not a party without cake. And sheet cakes are the perfect dessert for any group gathering. Feed a crowd with an apple-licious cake that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Apples, brown sugar, and a homemade maple icing are all so fall!

Party Decor: Fall Bouquet

Arrange a showstopping fall bouquet with sumptuous red dahlias and fresh apples. Poke awls or twigs into the apples and arrange them among the flowers for an unexpected (and lovely) textural contrast.

Party Food: Pork Sandwich with Tarragon-Apple Slaw

Juicy fried pork gets a fall-inspired twist with the help of apple slaw tossed with tarragon. These crispy fried sandwiches are a perfect main dish for an apple-themed party.

Party Activity: Trip to the Orchard

Invite friends for a trip to the apple orchard followed by drinks and dinner at your home. Most orchards offer extended hours during picking season, which lasts through October, so contact a local one for the details...then send out those invitations!

Party Food: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Add another fall flavor into the mix with our nutty butternut squash macaroni and cheese recipe. The favorite fall vegetable adds creaminess, vitamins, and a lovely color to this healthy comfort food. Serve small scoops as a side or offer the casserole as a main-dish option.

Party Favor: Apple Totes

Use red brads, photo corners, and stamped pages to make orchard-ready apple totes for guests to keep. You also could decorate the bags with greeting cards or photos—or put out halved apples and a stamp pad!

Party Drink: Flamin' Cinnamon Apple Cider

Spice it up! Hot cinnamon candies spice up a traditional apple cider for your party guests. Create a big batch on your stove and add apple slices and strips of orange peel as a fresh garnish.

Party Food: Inside-Out Caramel Apples

There is no combo quite like caramel and apples, but you don't want your guests walking around your home with sticky hands and fingers, right? Thanks to a blogger at Better Half Weddings, we have the perfect hack to keep that caramely deliciousness on the inside of each tart apple slice. Plus, the apples are a perfect finger food for guests to grab from a tray as they mingle. 

Party Activity: Guess the Apple Game

Apples are the core of this shindig (pun intended!) so you obviously have to eat a few. Turn apple tasting into a fun game. Gather a few different varieties of apple. Peel and slice them (be sure to remember or label each variety). Have each of your guests take a taste and guess which variety they are snacking on. Be sure to keep score; everything is more fun with a little competition!

Party Decor: Apple Crates

Hit your local flea market and scrounge up a few apple crates for your party decor. They can be used as extra seating, storage, or tables to set a drink on (no coaster needed).

Whether you call them caramel apples or candy apples, we've got tips for how to make caramel apples at home, plus four tasty dipping ideas!

Party Activity: Make Caramel Apples

Our favorite thing about fall? Caramel apples! In just a few steps, you and your guests can be snacking on the season’s favorite treat, or you can make a batch before the party to send home as party favors.

Party Activity: Apple Sack Races

Plan some fun for kids (and adults) with simple sack races. You can find plain potato sacks at online crafts stores and decorate them with felt. We stitched oversize apples to the bags for party-theme fun.

Party Decor: Easy Utensil Jars

DIY utensil jars make your party easier to organize, and trust us—they’re so easy to make. Attach circles of thin cork to glasses with double-stick tape. Then pin a printed or drawn label to the cork to indicate what flatware goes where.

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