Not so many years ago the fall harvest was one of the biggest gathering times of the year. Fields that had been nurtured all summer yielded an abundance of food, and families gathered after days of back-breaking work to share in the bounty and celebrate.
Times may have changed, but you don’t need a farm or a harvest to throw a harvest party this fall. The end of warm summer evenings and a return to the school and work routine are reason enough to gather with friends for one last outdoor party. Build yours around simple fall decorations, a cozy campfire and some traditional foods and beverages, with a few twists thrown in.
Decorations are easy, from pumpkins to hay bales to fall flowers and paper lanterns. Don’t skimp on the fall colors for everything from napkins to tablecloths and gather some fall leaves from your yard and a few candles from your house for homemade centerpieces.
Keep it rustic, using wooden step ladders and metal buckets to put out food, beverages and decorations. An old door set securely over blocks makes a fine vintage buffet table.
Beverages are a great opportunity to add to your theme. Craft beer is huge in Northeast Ohio, and every brewery has seasonal selections. A metal tub packed with ice and a variety of fall beers in IPAs, lagers, and ales, along with some hard ciders is the perfect addition to your fall celebration. If you anticipate cooler temperatures, include mulled cider or mulled wine on your beverage list, and consider adding a stack of throws on a nearby wooden crate for your guests to use as the sunsets.
A bonfire of any size is a must for your fall harvest party, but why not keep it small enough to allow for some marshmallow roasting? Or skip the s’mores and, for a unique twist, provide skewered donut holes to lightly roast and dip in chocolate or caramel sauce.
Speaking of food, let our team of experts provide all the fall favorites, from the barbecue and grilled bratwurst to ox roast or a clam bake complete with chowder. Thinking warm and cozy on a cool day? Soups and chili are great additions to your main course.
We also can provide beautiful fall-themed appetizers and quick and easy desserts, so you can relax and enjoy your guests.
Contact our experts today for all the ideas you need for the perfect outdoor party.