Backyard Fall Harvest Party Ideas

Campfire & S'more Bar Harvest Party

Tis’ the season to host harvest parties! Fall is one of my favorite times of year because I get to enjoy delicious pumpkin desserts and watch the beautiful falling leaves. As the season arrived, my mind was whirling with potential party options. It was a toss-up between a Halloween party and a Fall harvest party. I went with the latter. My family and I had a blast setting up this backyard party and I have so many unique details to share with you!

Kid's Roasting Marshmallows Harvest Party

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We live on 26 acres of land in an old farm-house built in the 1890s. We’ve always dreamed of having our own property, and when this place came up for sale we couldn’t pass it up! The kid’s now have plenty of room to roam and play and we have plenty of space for hosting parties.

To help create an inviting backyard atmosphere, my husband built us a quaint brick fireplace. I couldn’t be more happy with how everything turned out!

Camp fire Harvest Party

Marshmallow Roasting Harvest Party

Harvest Party S’more Bar

Do you love s’mores? S’mores are a classic outdoorsy snack enjoyed by young and old alike. I love to keep my guests happy, so I put together a s’mores bar full of tasty treats. Snacks included graham crackers, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Toasted Coconut Marshmallows, Regular Marshmallows, Strawberry Marshmallows, and Starbursts.

Of course I included all of your typical s’more ingredients, but I had to mix it up a bit and throw in Starbursts. As a teen, a few of my friends roasted starbursts over the fire until the outer shell caramelized and they became soft and chewy on the inside. The result was a tasty treat! For more s’more bar inspiration, take a look at my Rustic Outdoors Camping Birthday Party.

S'mores Bar Harvest Party

Chocolates & S'mores Harvest Party

Pumpkins & S'more Bar Harvest Party

We found this metal chicken feeder in our barn and thought it was the perfect place to display our hard carved roasting sticks! We had so many rustic props around our farm place that went perfectly with my Fall harvest theme. 

Roasting Sticks Harvest Party

Snacks and Drinks

We had a table full of goodies for the guests to enjoy! My party was potluck style and the guests brought so many yummy treats. I’m a pumpkin fan so I made these delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, an amazing food blog. If you are looking for more delicious Fall recipes, check out 20 Apple Recipes for Fall Entertaining

Food table Harvest Party

Apple Cider Harvest Party

Onto the drinks! We prepared apple cider, hot apple cider and coffee. In case guests wanted to reuse their cup, I laid out a couple permanent markers to write their names. 

Name on Your Cups Harvest Party

Hay Bales Harvest Party

We created a unique little display out of hay bales, pumpkins, squash, an old light, and a rustic wheel barrel. We found so many unique props in our barns and sheds. The joys of living on a county property!

Light & Campfire Harvest Party

Wheelbarrow with Pumpkins Harvest Party

Kids Picking Pumpkins Harvest Party

Pumpkin Patch Fun

The highlight of the Harvest party was our pumpkin patch. The kid’s picked their very own pumpkin to bring home from our patch. They even used this cute little red wagon to carry their pumpkins to their vehicles.

My boy pulling the wagon Harvest Party

Pumpkins straight from the patch are a bit dirty. We filled an old barrel with water and created a pumpkin washing station for the kids. It worked out perfectly!

Filling the Pumpkin Washing Station Harvest Party

All of our hard work and preparation paid off and our guests had an enjoyable time. From a fire fit for marshmallow roasting to a pumpkin patch for the kids, we had a little something for everyone. It was worth it to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they got to pick their own pumpkin to bring home. The adults enjoyed conversation and snacks around the fire, which made for a wonderful evening. 

What are you favorite elements of my Harvest party? Let me know in the comments!


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  • Reply
    Beth Davidson
    October 14, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    This is so cute! It honestly looks like the pumpkin patch we were just at, but you probably didn’t have to drive forty-five minutes to get there. We’ll have to try this next year!

    • Reply
      Joy in the Commonplace
      October 14, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Hi Beth, thanks so much for your comment! I just planted a few pumpkins in our garden this year and it spread out pretty far! Next year I think I will plan for an even bigger pumpkin patch.

  • Reply
    October 17, 2017 at 12:58 am

    These are great ideas! And love the s’mores. Not sure it’s a fall party without them!

  • Reply
    ora adzlin
    October 17, 2017 at 1:53 am

    wow ! looks the kids having so much fun !

  • Reply
    November 22, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I love this, so much fun! I wanted to have a fall harvest party with a bonfire this year but after looking into it turns out my city doesn’t allow fires. A propane fire bowl just isn’t the same.

    • Reply
      Joy in the Commonplace
      November 22, 2017 at 3:52 am

      Hi Corrine! Thanks so much! Ah shucks about the bonfire. I hear ya! A real campfire is so much nicer!

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