The Fall Entertaining Guide: Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration for Halloween and Thanksgiving

Fall will be here before you know it, and it’s never too early to start preparing for all the festivities that come along with the season. So as we prepare for fall, we decided to put together a fall entertaining guide featuring some of our most helpful posts for hosting a Halloween or Thanksgiving gathering. After all, Halloween calls for a party with spooky decorations, tasty treats, games, and costumes while Thanksgiving calls for beautiful tablescapes, heart-warming foods, and plenty of cider — and we’re here to help you plan it all! Take a look at all our helpful content below to get inspired for your fall event.

Halloween Tablescapes 

Halloween just wouldn’t be complete without some spooky decor, and we can’t get enough of these 13 Halloween Tabletops for a Hauntingly Fun Party. With dark color palettes and creepy details, these tablescapes are a must see.

Halloween Treats

There’s so much more to Halloween than candy, and we’ve rounded up 31 of our favorite treats to prove it! Take a look at all the spooky and delicious ideas for your tastiest party, yet.

Halloween Bar Cart

Bar carts are perfect for small space entertaining and we had so much fun designing this Halloween bar cart! Inspired by a witch’s lair, this bar cart not only features witch’s brew (aka a tasty cocktail!) but treats, books of spells, potions, and more.

Halloween Games

If your Halloween party guest list includes little ones, don’t forget about incorporating some fun Halloween games. These 9 Frightenedly Fun Halloween Games for Kids will help you prepare for the upcoming festivities.

Halloween Porches

Make your guests feel ready for Halloween the moment they walk to your front door, with fun decorations. To get inspired, take a look at these 13 Not-So-Scary Halloween Porches.

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

A festive tablescape is always appreciated when gathering for Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect way to add an extra dose of fun while you gather with family and friends! For inspiration, check out these 5 Modern Thanksgiving Tablescapes, where we share color palettes, tips, tricks, and products for a beautiful Thanksgiving table.

Hosting Accessories

We love having fun extras at our parties, so we rounded up 10 of our favorite fall hosting accessories. From personalized glassware, to place card holders, and favors, these are the details that will really make your event stand out.

Flower Arranging

Flower arrangements have the power to make any occasion feel extra special, so we rounded up some of our best ideas for creating the most beautiful flower arrangements around. And because this post focuses on fall colors, you’ll get plenty of inspiration for your Thanksgiving decor! Head over to Tips, Tricks, And Fall Colors For Pretty Flower Arrangements for more inspiration.

Gold Leaf Garland

This DIY gold leaf garland is not only festive but completely easy to make! Perfect for hanging along tables, mantels, counters, and more.

Potluck Food

If you ask us, a potluck style Thanksgiving is always a good idea. But we know that sometimes coming up with a recipe that’s tasty, easy to make, transport, and serve can be tricky. So we gathered up 16 Of Our Favorite Thanksgiving Potluck Foods to help give you some inspiration!

Thanksgiving Bar Cart

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — we love bar carts! Beautifully decorated with touches of fall, the main attraction of this pretty bar cart is the pie. Complete with personalized to-go boxes, cider, and a chalkboard sign, a Thanksgiving bar cart of similar style is sure to impress your guests.

Cider Favors

Favors are our specialty and if you ask us, you can never go wrong with handing them out at your event. For Thanksgiving, we love the idea of sparkling cider as a favor. Especially when they come personalized! Check out How to Turn Sparkling Cider into a Personalized Fall Party favor to learn how to DIY your own and where to get all the materials you need.

What parties are you planning on hosting this fall?