Whether you’re planning a ladies’ get-together or revving up for a festive dinner party, fall is prime for celebrating good times with friends and family. That said, choosing a theme can be a struggle if you want something that’s a little less pumpkin-centric. With the weather cooling down, so many opportunities arise for indoor and outdoor events, whether you’re baking up s’mores cupcakes or hosting a biergarten bash. These 17 themes below will give you more than enough party ideas to help you host all season long.


1. Mamas’ Night “Out” Party: You deserve a fun get-together with your girls. Host a mamas’ night that’s sure to give each mom the much-needed break she deserves. Fun add-ons for your party can include a raffle, swag bags and an night of unlimited drinks. (via The Glitter Guide)


2. Bonfire Party: Now that the weather has officially cooled down, host a backyard bonfire to take advantage of the chill in the air. Serve up a table of s’more desserts to stay true to the theme, and make sure every guest gets a stick to roast marshmallows. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)


3. Backyard Fall Campfire Party: Take the s’mores to the next level and host a full-on backyard camping party. Serve food in picnic baskets, with cute lanterns at each sleeping station, and set out extra blankets and sleeping bags to make sure your guests know they’re welcome to party all night. (via Aubree Edwards Photography / Inspired by This)


4. Mimosa Bar Party: There’s no better way to start a party than with a toast. Get your friends together for a brunch they’re sure to remember by hosting a fun mimosa bar party this fall. Keep it creative with a range of juice and fruit options for your guests to choose from. (via eBay)


5. Outdoor Movie Night Party: This summer was full of amazing blockbuster hits at the theaters. Now that most of these movies are available to view at home, host an outdoor movie night party. It’s a great way to get both kids and adults together for a fun and eventful night. (via Craft River)


6. Painting Party: Get kids and adults together for a fun painting party, where guests can create and take home a piece of art as their favor. If you want this to be an adults-only party, make it a wine night or serve up a few cocktails to keep the creativity flowing. (via Jen Loves Ken)


7. Fire Pit Party DIY: When the weather is cooler, nothing is more fun than having an outdoor gathering around a fire pit. This DIY guide shows you how you can build the perfect fire pit in your own backyard. Once this project is complete, you’ll want to invite your friends over every weekend. (via eHow)


8. Oktoberfest Party: If you can’t make it to Oktoberfest in Germany, host a party of your own. The key is to put out an abundant amount of beer, pretzels and Bavarian-themed decorations. Prost! (via You Are in Good Company)


9. DIY Football Game Party: Football season is finally here. Help lead your favorite team to victory by hosting a fun football game party. Hand out goodie bags to lift spirits when (inevitably) someone’s team loses. (via Design Eat Repeat)


10. Breast Cancer — Hope for a Cure Party: Raise funds during Breast Cancer month to help out your favorite survivors and honor any lost loved ones. Raffle off a giveaway bag of all things pink, with the raffle proceeds going to your favorite charity. (via Oh My! Creative)


11. Taco Bout a Party: National Taco Day only showed us that tacos are “in” in any season. Get your best buds together and enjoy some delicious homemade tacos and salsa. (via Studio DIY)


12. Lavender Spa Party: You and your girlfriends deserve a day at the spa. Since that can get a bit pricey, host your very own at-home DIY spa party. Give each other manicures, massages and tasty treats, and send guests home with a DIY favor of their favorite bath salts. (via Play Party Plan)


13. DIY Nail Polish Bar: Perfect for your spa party or just a girls’ night in, this DIY nail polish bar lets you and your friends actually make a customized nail polish color. Print customizable tags for each of your guests’ newly created polish. (via Something Turquoise)


14. Goodbye Summer Ice Cream Party: There’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than by hosting one last party dedicated to that sunny season. Make sure you include a variety of flavors and toppings for your guests’ to choose from. (via Classy Clutter)


15. DIY Cake Decorating Party: Throw an elegant cake-decorating soirée with your closest friends. Opt for craft cocktails, but skip the homemade cakes and go with a boxed mix to save yourself some time in the kitchen. (via Victor Sizemore Photography / Style Me Pretty)


16. DIY Girls Wine Tasting Party: It’s important to make time to relax and have fun with your closest friends, and there’s no easier way than by hosting your very own wine tasting party. You and your friends may not be connoisseurs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it fun and educational. Have each guest RSVP with their wine preference. (via Stephanie Todaro / Lauren Conrad)


17. Cocktail Cotton Candy Party: Help your friends stay young at heart with a fave childhood treat: cotton candy. Use it to top a prosecco or vodka soda, and then rally everyone for a few indoor or outdoor games, like charades. (via Kirbie’s Cravings)

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