DO Keep The Party Indoors
If you're not lucky enough to live in one of the areas of the country where the weather always cooperates, you probably want to avoid scheduling outdoor fall festivities. Tempting as it may be to take advantage of the warm temps that sometimes come our way late in the season, it's best to plan for indoor enjoyment. Favorite treats and appetizers tend to hold up better indoors anyway.
DON'T Neglect Comfort Foods
Cooler temps demand warm, hearty meals, so break out those cookbooks featuring recipes of just this sort. Savory soups and stews, crave-worthy casseroles, spicy chili, and irresistibly sweet pies are perfect for this time of year. On a tight budget? No worries! You'll be surprised how many jam-packed volumes of delicious recipes can be found among any good selection of discount books.
DO Remember It's Football Season!
Fall is football time. Sure, basketball and hockey get started in the fall too, but with any large group of sports-minded friends, the game with the funny-shaped ball is sure to be the hottest topic. Gear up for a game day party, or make sure your gathering is on an off day for the NFL schedule. If you've got a mixed crowd of football fanatics and those who couldn't care less about the sport, make sure you have a game-watching room separate from the rest of the party.
DON'T Forget To Keep The Spirits Flowing
You always want to provide for guests that imbibe and many wineries make specific styles for fall. You can cater to those with a taste for sweeter adult beverages with glogg, grog, a hot toddy, and other warm concoctions. And whether you have kids at the party or not, make sure you have some tasty non-alcoholic offerings on hand as well.
DO Have A Good Time
Preparing for a party is enough work, so don't turn your hosting duties into an all-day chore. Set up your table for serve-yourself ease, make sure everyone knows where the drinks and ice are located, and keep several garbage containers and paper towel rolls around to minimize post-party cleanup. You've done enough work...it's time to enjoy yourself!