Bring the spirit of autumn outdoors with our selection of fall-themed backyard party activities, and ideas. Embrace the refreshing, autumnal atmosphere by hosting an outdoor event brimming with delightful fall activities. Whether you lean towards classic themes like backyard movie night, and a bonfire, or you’re drawn to seasonal concepts such as pumpkin carving, Oktoberfest, and hosting a chili cookout, these 10 fall backyard party ideas guarantee an unforgettable experience.
1. Host a Backyard Movie Night
Our local culture here in Wilmington, NC is to seize every opportunity to be outdoors when the weather is fine (and let’s face it, its quite fine allot), and that includes movie night. Take your outdoor theater experience to the next level by with a fall themed movie night. And, of course, be sure to have an ample supply of cozy blankets on hand for those crisp autumn evenings.
2. Throw a Murder Mystery Dinner Party
When organizing a murder mystery dinner party, there are numerous entertaining themes and storylines to consider. You can step back in time to the 1800s, groove to the beats of a retro 1970s disco party, or transport your guests to the roaring twenties. For a convenient hosting experience, utilize a pre-made kit, which includes character sheets, customizable invitations, delectable killer recipes, and well-crafted storylines to assist even novice hosts in plotting a thrilling mystery.
3. Farm-To-Table Backyard Party
An exceptional farm-to-table dinner party comprises more than just delectable cuisine. It’s elevated by captivating autumnal decor, a welcoming color palette, and an inviting ambiance — and of course animated guests.
4. Light Up a Backyard Bonfire
Embrace the cooler temperatures and the sound of leaves rustling underfoot with an outdoor bonfire. All you require for a delightful evening is a fire pit, a collection of chairs, some good company, and, of course, a steaming mug of delicious cider.
5. Throw a Backyard Oktoberfest
Throw your very own Oktoberfest right in your backyard. Include your favorite German dishes, festive decorations, and, of course, a well-stocked bier bar with a selection of German beers and wines.
6. Throw a Neighborhood Backyard Chili Cookout
The perfect solution for those crisp autumn evenings? Hearty bowls of chili and gathering of fun neighbors! Elevate your chili nights by hosting an outdoor chili cookout and invite the neighborhood. To “wow” your guests and complement their chili contributions, make sure to create a chili bar, fully stocked with all the finest chili toppings such as green onions, jalapenos, cheese, corn chips, and any other fixings you can imagine.
7. Host a Soap Making Party
The arrival of fall isn’t complete until our homes are infused with the scents of the season. To achieve this, why not host a soap-making party featuring festive molds and an abundance of autumn-inspired scents for everyone to enjoy?
8. Throw a Fall Fondue Party
What better way to bring together the gang than to indulge in warm, delectable fondue served in a rustic bread bowl, surrounded by a variety of delectable treats. You can complement your fondue with pretzels, bratwurst, and a delightful Oktoberfest beer, or include some sliced apples to embrace the flavors of the season.
9. Host a Friendsgiving
Friendsgiving is essentially a Thanksgiving celebration with your close friends. Given that many individuals traditionally spend Thanksgiving Day with their families, Friendsgiving offers a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and savor all the delectable seasonal dishes.
10. Throw a Pumpkin Carving Party/Contest
Autumn wouldn’t be complete without pumpkins, much like Halloween wouldn’t be the same without candy. To fully embrace the fall atmosphere, consider throwing a pumpkin carving party. Set up a convenient station equipped with ample carving tools, pumpkins, and stencils suitable for beginners. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also opt for one of our more intricate stencils.