Autumn is upon us, which means sweater weather, crisp fall air, and leaves changing from green to gold. It’s truly the coziest season of the year, so why not celebrate the fall bounty by throwing a harvest party? Here are a few easy tips to make sure your party is a total success. Hint: Hiring a Thumbtack pro will lighten your workload!
Stock the Bar & Hire a Bartender
If you’re going to have a lot of guests, consider hiring a bartender for your event. A bartender knows just how much alcohol to put in each drink, so he may actually end up saving you money in the long run—or at least ensure your friends aren’t over-indulging. Plus, it’s a treat for guests to feel like they’re really being taken care of when they take the time to go out for the afternoon or evening.
Decide on the Food (and Potentially Hire a Caterer)
Obviously the biggest decision is if you’ll be serving lunch, dinner, or just snacks. If you’re going to have a full meal, you may want to ask your guests to bring their favorite fall side dish or dessert. If you don’t want to worry about the food, of course, you can always hire a caterer to either drop off dishes or stay and cook and serve throughout the event. Thumbtack even has pros that can man the grill or bring a food truck. This will free you up to enjoy your guests and eliminate a lot of stress.
Don’t Forget the Music
If your guest list is small, your iPod might do the job. Create a playlist to start; just don’t be surprised when your friends and family start taking over DJ duties. If this is a bigger party, consider bringing in live music like a bluegrass or string band. It’ll lend an air of authenticity and might even get people out of their chairs and dancing.
Plan a Few Fun Activities
If there are going to be children at the party, then you definitely need a few fun ways to keep them entertained. But don’t rule out activities for the grown-ups either. When’s the last time you saw a cornhole at a party and no one played? If you want to really impress your guests, bring in a mobile petting zoo, pony rides, a storyteller, or something else that goes with your party’s fall theme.
Choose a Space
There’s something about crisp fall air that begs for a backyard party, but if that’s the route you’re going, you need to have a Plan B (either reschedule or move it inside) and you need to make sure your guests are aware, so they can dress accordingly. Don’t have the space to throw your party? An event venue service can help you find the perfect indoor or outdoor place to fit any number of guests.
Decorate with Harvest-Themed Décor
A party celebrating autumn should use simple, rustic décor. Think hay bales for seating, curated piles of multi-sized pumpkins and driftwood, succulents, Indian corn, leaves, and berries as centerpieces. You’ll also want lots of twinkling lights, heavy blankets draped over chairs, and mason or hurricane jars with candles. If you don’t have a vision (or the time) to buy everything and set it all up, a party planner or event decorator can do it all for you and make everything look festive and beautiful.
Relax and Enjoy Yourself
Think of this party as a chance to unwind before the holiday season gets into full swing. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Hiring help always makes things easier, but even if you can’t, the most important thing is just that you and your guests eat well, drink well, and enjoy one another.