Welcome Fall with a Coastal Dinner Party

Welcome fall! The change in season is a wonderful time to celebrate nature’s bounty with family and friends. Cooler temperatures beg for heartier meals and fanciful cocktails to match their robust flavors.  Interior design, also, takes influence from the changing leaves, pumpkins and approaching holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful opportunity to host in celebration of the season.


Here are some fall dinner party ideas to inspire an evening to remember.

Fall Dinner Party Ideas

Feasting Al Fresco

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Sure, the thermometer may be dropping a bit, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely say goodbye to your outdoor events. Why not throw one last outdoor dinner party? There’s just something about wearing an extra scarf or sweater that adds to the charm. Use outdoor friendly furniture and table settings, and set up creative lighting to really accent this great fall dinner party idea. Best of all, you won’t need as much in way of decorating, as the great outdoors takes care of it for you.

Pro Tip: Offer a selection of throw blankets guests can toss over their legs to stay cozy during meal time.

RELATED: Coastal Living: Creating The Perfect Moveable Feast

Fall Photo Booth

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One of the truly beautiful aspects of this time of year is the changing of the leaves. All of the brilliant golds and reds, oranges and yellows really make the time feel festive. Take advantage of these colors by setting up an outside photo-booth! For your fall party photo booth, use organic decorating and play off the oranges and browns that are easily available. Fall is also apple harvest time, so beautiful reds and green apples would be great additions to your “set.”

Pro Tip: Add coastal elements such as hanging lanterns and seasonal pillows.

Fabulous Fall Tablescape

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Incorporate the bounty of fall into your centerpiece, filling a rustic wooden tray with lettuce, squash, pears, apples, and hydrangeas. Make it even cozier when you swap a traditional table runner with a throw. Swap your dinner set with warmer toned plates, platters and serving ware.

RELATED: Dine Al Fresco this Spring: Outdoor Tablescape Ideas

Halloween Harvest

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If you want spooky scary Halloween, you won’t have trouble finding goodies at the local grocery store. However, why not explore a sophisticated spin on Halloween? You can do this by presenting your food with peppers carved to look like jack o’lanterns and pumpkins with leaf stencils. Dark and gory can be fun sometimes, but there is something lovely about highlighting the elements of the season elegantly.

Whether you use one of these fall dinner party ideas or use aspects of each to create your own unique event, this is the perfect time to bring family and friends together for evenings of dinner and entertainment. Just remember, for the perfect fall table settings, sofa throws and beautiful furniture designed with the season in mind, visit Cottage and Bungalow. You’ll find all the decorative options and accents you’ll need.

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