Autumn is just around the corner. Cooler weather is a welcome blessing after the heat of summer. Breezy days mean it is the perfect weather to throw an autumn themed party, either indoors or outdoors. More sun, less rain, and breaking out the sweaters means that it is changing to the season where friends and family become the main reason to give thanks. Turning trees, cooler weather, nice breezes, parties, and pumpkins are all awesome ways to enjoy autumn.
Here is everything you need to create a beautiful autumn evening party.
• One trick to add color to your autumn event is uplighting. I would recommend using yellow, orange, and red in an alternating pattern to create a look of falling leaves.
• Another idea is to use a gobo/ monogram lighting to give one of your walls a leaf pattern, or you can use a lighting stand to project it onto your floor.
• If you are holding your party indoors, you could always add the addition of a Blisslight/ starry night light to create that outdoor feel with stars dancing across your ceiling.
• If you do not have a fireplace and would still like to add the fireside glow to your event, you can always use a fire effect to light up a wall as well.
No party is complete without the food. Since we are welcoming autumn, no party would be complete without cups of warm hot cocoa and mulled cider. Trail mix, cheese plates, and candied apples are other fun ways to add autumn color to your table. Another wonderful autumn treat is pumpkin soup. Here is the recipe my family uses every winter.
• 12 cups chicken stock
• 1 ham bone with meat
• 1 pumpkin pealed and cut into cubes
• Couple of potatoes
• Several carrots
• 1 yellow onion
• 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
• heavy cream for garnish (optional)
• Salt and pepper to taste
Bring the 12 cups stock, the ham bone, and pumpkin to a boil. Peal and chop one yellow onion and add to the pot. Peal several potatoes and cut into cubes. Clean the carrots, slice, and add to the pot. Add 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic. After one hour, take out the ham bone and allow it to cool. Put the pot to simmer. Remove meat from bone and add back to the pot and throw the bone away. Turn the soup off and allow it to cool for one hour covered. After the soup has cooled, take half of the soup and blend until smooth (or all the soup if you prefer a creamy soup). Add blended soup back to the pot and reheat. Once warm, spoon it into a bowl and top with a tablespoon of heavy cream. Swirl and enjoy!
Serves 12 people
Another fun thing to add pizzazz to any party is the decorations.
You can always add pumpkins, dried corn, or a bale or two of hay. Most craft stores also sell a variety of leaves and decorations. Another fun way to add light is battery operated tea lights to give a soft glow to your party. You can always do fun DIY crafts such as painting pinecones or making hand turkeys if your party is closer to Thanksgiving.
Autumn is one of the most colorful times of the year! It’s filled with comforting items and is perfect for meeting with friends and family before the end of the year holiday rush.
I wish you the best of luck for your autumn parties!