8 Autumn Garden Party Ideas: Fun & Cozy Fall Themed Parties

By   | Last Updated :   December 30, 2021 | Filed In :   Garden Activities & Events Ideas

As the nights draw in and temperatures dip, autumn may not be the most obvious season for a garden party. Look beyond the falling leaves and grey skies and see it as an opportunity to embrace a glorious time of year, get creative and do something a bit different.

Say goodbye to the long days of summer and welcome the crisp, fresh days of autumn with our easy seasonal outdoor party ideas.

1. Warm it up

warm it up autumn garden party ideas

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One of the first things you’ll need to ensure when throwing a party in cooler weather is that you’ve got some decent outdoor heating. From fire pits and chimineas to environmentally friendly bio-fuel heaters and patio heaters, there are great solutions to suit your budget and the space that you have.

It’s worth investing in the best heating you can afford as it will mean you use your outdoor space for many months of the year. Whether you’re heating a gazebo or need inspiration for a fire pit, there are a mind-boggling number of options to choose from.

Like an open fire or wood-burning stove in the house, outdoor flames instantly make a space look cosy and inviting.

2. Accessorise

accessorise it up autumn garden party ideas

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Twiggy hedges and lacklustre perennials may not be the most inspiring backdrop for a party but you can add a few simple accessories to make your space more welcoming for your guests.

autumn pumpkin

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wicker basket wall

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3. Garden glow up

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Lighting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to add sparkle and magic to an outdoor party. Whether you opt for a subtle look or prefer a Blackpool illuminations vibe, one thing’s for sure, adding lights is guaranteed to liven up your outdoor space.

Try adding strings of festoon lights to pergolas and gazebos or stringing them across fence panels.

More on this: 33 Creative Garden Lighting Ideas to Illuminate Your Home

Fairy lights look fabulous wherever they are placed. You can weave them around bare twigs, wrap them around box and bay trees, wind them around obelisks and decorate outbuildings.

garden glow up

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Place fairy lights inside glass jars and bottles and add candles to high-sided hurricane lamps to dot around tables and place along walls.

Solar-powered lanterns can be hung from buildings and placed on the ground for instant illumination.

Neon lights look incredible above an outdoor bar or on the wall of a gazebo, you can even go for customised slogans.

4. Create shelter

pop up garden igloo

A pop-up garden igloo makes an effective and fun shelter. Image credit: @domsirfon_islanddomes

No gazebo or outbuilding? No problem! Get creative and make a temporary shelter for your guests. You could buy or hire a pop-up gazebo or try making your own pergola or veranda.

If you’ve got a reasonable sized shed, give it a good clear out, add a table and chairs or an old sofa and you’ve got a perfect party room. Add some lights and heating and it’ll create a welcoming place to sit, relax and shelter.

5. Make seasonal snacks

seasonal snacks

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No party is complete without snacks and when the weather’s cooler, welcoming your guests with delicious warming treats sets the tone for a party to remember.

For an autumnal themed tipple, try serving mulled cider, you can skip the alcohol without skimping too much on the flavour. Try making delicious gingerbread hot chocolate, guaranteed to warm your guests and put a smile on their faces.

gingerbread hot chocolate

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For easy to serve snacks, rustle up some spiced apple or pear chips, pumpkin bars, loaded pizza slices and banana bread. All delicious, easy to make and perfect on crisp autumn evenings. For a kid’s party, serve sweet cones in autumnal tones of orange, red, brown and gold.

If you’ve got an outdoor fire, get out the marshmallows and toast them over the flames or make delicious s’mores. Can you have too many? We think not!

6. Create an autumnal menu

autumnal menu

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If you’re serving a sit-down meal, take inspiration from the abundance of seasonal vegetables when creating your menu. Locally-sourced produce such as carrots, sweet potatoes shallots, parsnips and squash can form the base for delicious meals.

Try pumpkin and lentil soup, salmon with broccoli and sweet potato mash, wild mushroom risotto or a hearty chicken, butterbean and root vegetable casserole served with thick slices of crusty bread.

Finish off with a homemade quince tart or apple and blackberry crumble.

7. Add texture

throws blankets cushions

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A great way to add a cosy vibe to your party space is to add texture in the form of throws, blankets and cushions. Layer woollen throws with faux fur cushions and add to benches, egg chairs and seats.

Choose a bright outdoor rug to add interest and section off different areas. Rugs are a fantastic investment and extremely easy to clean and store when not in use. You can choose from natural fibres like jute and bamboo or synthetic versions. There’s a mind-blowing amount of choice and colour and something to suit every style and budget.

Curtains are a great way to make a gazebo feel extra cosy and are perfect for those inevitable rainy days. Choose a weatherproof material for this time of year.

8. Theme it

For extra fun, why not host a themed autumn party? Here are a few seasonal ideas for a party to remember:

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autumn cherries

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And finally…

If you’re wondering how you can make your garden look nice for an outdoor party but don’t want to spend too long doing it, a simple cut of the grass, sweep up of leaves and pruning of faded perennials will provide an instant uplift.

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