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How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party

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The transition from summer to fall is a special time of year. The days grow shorter, the nights grow cooler, and the brilliant colors of fall begin to make their debut. It’s also when nature decides to take her paintbrush and create spectacular masterpieces. This year, celebrate with your family and friends and usher in the season by hosting a cozy autumn garden party.

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How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party

Although I have seasonal allergies in the fall, autumn is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it. I love wearing jeans and an oversized pullover or sweater, all things related to pumpkins, watching the harvest come in, and a toasty warm fire.

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party

Because the vibrant colors of fall quickly slip away, now it the time to host a cozy autumn garden party. Contrary to belief, you do not need to have an actual garden to host a cozy autumn garden party. All you need to do is set the stage and create the right atmosphere.

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party

Set the Stage

First, be creative in your setup and make several photo zones. Throw blankets over stacked hay or straw bales to create a comfy seating area. For decor, consider using items such as wooden crates, step ladders, baskets, and vintage birdcages. Add soft lighting and visual interest by using strings lights, vases filled with autumn flowers, and hanging macrame planters filled with buffalo gourds or summer squash.

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party

Memory Photos

Ask any of my family members and they will tell you that I love taking photos. It seems that I am forever snapping a picture of someone or something. Although I delete many pictures, I do seem to occasionally capture some great images. Try to snap a few pictures of your own throughout your party.

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party


Secondly, fresh fall flowers and garden produce add an inviting rustic charm and provide the perfect touch for any garden tablescape. Use disposable dinnerware and utensils, or break out any rustic dishes you may have on hand.


A cozy autumn garden party should include delicious food such as:

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party


It’s always nice to offer a variety of self-serving cold and hot beverages to your guests. Drinks such as mulled apple cider, peach tea, mulled wine, apricot hot toddy, pumpkin smoothies, and hot chocolate with homemade candy cane hot chocolate sticks are always a huge hit.

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party


Stepping away from digital devices, shutting off noise, and calming a busy mind really can do wonders for our overall health. A bonfire provides the opportunity to enjoy fellowship, the great outdoors, and the chance to make some great memories.

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party


Most people love music. Perhaps because music has a powerful effect on our emotions, helps us to unwind, and can entertain us. Therefore, consider hiring a musician to help set the ambiance for your cozy autumn garden party.

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party

Cozy Blankets

There’s something relaxing about snuggling under a soft blanket with family and friends on a cool autumn night.

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party


It seems that everyone loves to nibble on treats at parties. Treats such as sugar and spice pecansscarecrow cookies, festive popcorn balls, old-fashioned double dipped caramel apples, and pumpkin funnel cakes, and, cheesy chili bean dip and peanut butter dip are always high on the list.

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party

What is your favorite season?

How to Host a Cozy Autumn Garden Party



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  • Olivia October 17, 2018, 4:03 am
    What a fab article with great ideas! Autumn is by far my favourite season, but I've never thought about hosting a garden party since its quite cold in the UK during autumn. However we do have a fire pit and a hot tub, so there's no reason our guests couldn't stay warm outdoors.
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy October 17, 2018, 9:02 am
      Hi Olivia, Thanks for your compliment regarding this post. I agree with you... between your fire pit and your hot tub, your guests can stay nice and warm on a cool Autumn day. Have fun hosting your own Cozy Autumn Garden Party!!! Linda :)
  • Sarah Cummings August 9, 2018, 11:09 am
    Being cozy is my favourite thing. The colors in these photos are giving me serious autumn vibes. Love the idea of mulled cider and the scarecrow cookies are adorable!

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