Fall Dinner Party Ideas – How to Throw a Beautiful Fall Dinner Party

Posted on November 1, 2017 in Contributor/ Tips

The warm weather is coming to an end and with that comes the end of backyard barbecue cookouts and pool parties. When one thing ends though new things begin and now, comes the beginning of something else beautiful. The season for Hot Apple Cider, big cozy sweaters and Pumpkin Spice everything is upon us, and it’s time to celebrate.

Gone are the days of the backyard cookout but you can still host a wonderful fall themed dinner party, and that is just as good, if not better!

Fall Dinner Party Ideas

Develop a theme you want to use for the dinner party. Will you be going pumpkin spice everything? More traditional fall colours? The sky is the limit. Once you have selected a theme, you can plan everything else around that from décor to food choices.

If you decide to host outside, make sure you have a backup plan for inside in case the weather is just too cold or damp. The weather can be unpredictable so having a backup plan is always a good idea.

Keep it Simple
Don’t go too overboard with décor. Using small touches of colour and fall inspired items can brighten your table without overcrowding it. Stay away from high centrepieces as they can take away from the conversation. Instead, focus on using low to the table decorations like tea lights.

Themed Drinks
Fall is such a fun time to experiment with flavours. Offer a themed drink to be served at your party, be it apple cider a pumpkin spice latte or a creative cocktail.

Plan the Menu
Plan the menu based on what is fresh and seasonal this time of year. Think things like Pumpkin, Squash and Apple and plan your menu around those items.

Celebrate the coming of fall with your own themed dinner party and take in all the smells of delicious fall foods cooking while spending time with friends.

Jessica Terry is the editorial genius behind 4 The Love of Mommy, blogging about the chaos of life with a large family. Located in the Greater Toronto Area, she is a super mom to 5 beautiful children ranging in age from 1 to 13. Jessica has a wealth of parenting experience under her belt and a passion for sharing about her life experiences after a divorce, including co-parenting and blended family bumps.  You can follow her on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.


  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle November 1, 2017 at 11:04 am

    These are such great ideas! I love using the pine cones, and that owl was super adorable. This time of year makes for the best decoration options, in my opinion.

  • Reply Aduke Schulist November 1, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Themed drinks are so much fun. And I totally love dining outdoors, but we have so many bugs to deal with around here it makes it hard.

  • Reply Heather November 1, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I’d love to have a fall dinner party. The decor is everything and so are the seasonal flavors.

  • Reply Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly November 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I am all about a nicely set table and a creative cocktail, not to mention a delicious dessert. I like these touches of fall and the owl is super cute too!

  • Reply Soozle November 1, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I love the idea of using pinecones for decoration :)

  • Reply Marysa November 1, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    These are great ideas. I love seasonal things, especially with the kids. I like your decorative ideas too because they can be saved and reused. There are some pretty cool gourds out there though, a nice thing to splurge on even though they get tossed.

  • Reply Joely Smith November 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you for these great ideas! I am usually good at these things but sometimes I just run out of ideas but you have really inspired me with this!

  • Reply Ruth I. November 2, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I love these awesome tips and ideas. I agree about keeping it simple. Just small decorations and focus on the menu.

  • Reply Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place November 2, 2017 at 5:45 am

    We love having friends over regardless of what season it is. I think these are wonderful ideas for anyone who’s hosting a dinner this season. Fall has so much to offer when it comes to dinner parties!

  • Reply Victoria Heckstall November 2, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Now I already know what to do! It is hard to decide something for a dinner party! Thank you for these suggestions!

  • Reply ashley November 2, 2017 at 10:53 am

    these are all such cute ideas for throwing a cute fall dinner! I will have to use some of these ideas for thanksgiving!

  • Reply Randa November 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    These are great ideas. Adding those seasonal fall decorating touches really does make all the difference.

  • Reply Cyn Gagen November 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I love entertaining in the fall. The fall flavours are some of my favourites and I really enjoy the colours and textures of the season. These are fantastic ideas!

  • Reply Marissa Zurfluh November 2, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I have found that themed drinks really being it all together. Especially when you can make the drink the same color as the theme.

  • Reply Wendy Polisi November 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    These are some great tips. I hate going overboard because often times, the decor is overlooked anyways.

  • Reply Allison November 3, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I love the idea of a fall dinner party. I honestly go to HomeGoods all the time in hopes of getting table settings and all the works, but then I realize it’s just my boyfriend and I haha. Not too many people to entertain.

  • Reply Lynndee November 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for the tips. I love the idea of themed drinks. I think experimenting with flavors is such a fun thing to do.

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