Take advantage of cool fall weather by bringing the party outdoors. Even though this season isn’t known for blooming blossoms or lush fields, you can still gather your friends and family outdoors for a charming garden tea party. With just a few preparations, you’ll throw a party that your friends will be talking about for weeks. Here’s how:

Arrange a seasonal floral centerpiece

When it comes to arranging a centerpiece, think warm colors. Yellows, reds and oranges simply scream “autumn.”

a tea pot and ashley vase with fall flowers inside them.

Placing flowers in a kettle pot is a shabby-chic spin. We chose a copper kettle, but a distressed container that’s more “shabby” than “chic” would look just as fabulous.

Try taking some inspiration from your surroundings.  Leaves, twigs and pine cones can make a stunning floral arrangement.

Bake yummy pastries

Fall calls for something spicy and not overly sweet. If you dread the idea of “slaving over an oven”, you’ll be happy to discover our 3 favorite quick bread recipes. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to make impressive goodies.

A loaf of banana bread sliced on a plate with decorative pumpkins along side the loaf.

This one-pan pumpkin bread is simply scrumptious and takes just under an hour to make, with only 10 minutes of prep time.

This decadent Orange-Zesty Cranberry Bread only takes 20 minutes of prep time. How can you say no to orange glaze?

Cranberry bread sliced with decorative cranberries next to it.

Make whimsical tea cup place cards

Why settle for ordinary? By making these simple tea cup planters, you’ve completed table place cards and party favors all at once.

All you need are:

  • Cups and saucers
  • Succulent plants
  • Fresh moss
  • Soil
  • Name tags

Simply fill any cup of your choice halfway with soil, place the succulent in the cup and put moss around the edges of the plant. Placing them on top of a saucer with a name tag is an extra special touch that’s sure to be loved by all your guests.

Set a comfy, cozy scene

Laying out picnic blankets is charming, but not everyone is comfortable sitting on the ground. Go ahead and lay out the blankets, but add some outdoor furniture into the mix for guests who prefer a solid seat.

If you prefer casual gatherings with large groups, you might enjoy sectional seating. Adding an outdoor rug livens up concrete flooring. The only disappointing news about this sectional is that it doesn’t come with the labradoodle.

If you prefer personal seating, cozy patio chairs with outdoor accent pillows may be a better option. Adding potted or hanging plants can create the allure of a secret, enchanted garden. Given the season, a pumpkin or two would be a perfect choice to set the mood.

Light it up in style

Cast a delicate, sophisticated glow outdoors with scattered candles. The Kamari candle holder set has a unique twig-style base. It’s the perfect representation on how beautiful bare fall landscapes can look. And the Christelle candle holder set radiates the coziest of glows with its rustic, distressed finish.

3 bamboo inspired candle holders with candles on top.

Two earthy candle holders with mesh brown and yellows with candles lit inside them.

If the weather is fast becoming chilly, then it’s all the more reason to get an outdoor fire pit. It will definitely add an inviting layer to all of your outdoor parties and celebrations. The Hatchlands fire pit table pulls double-duty with a cover that provides surface space when flames aren’t ablaze.

an outdoor sectional with a fire pit in the center.

We know what’s next on our to-do list now. Is it on yours? We’d love to hear!