Apple cider, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, there are so many things about autumn for children and adults to enjoy. The season of fall lends itself well to parties that revolve around rustic and country themes. Take advantage of this by throwing a Farm to Table party.
Associating farm party ideas with a child’s birthday is easy. With these fall dinner party ideas, though, there won’t be any clichéd cow, chicken, or pig cutout decorations.
Here is a list of ideas that will inspire you to embrace all of the beauty of fall and incorporate it into a fantastic farm party.
Decide on a Location
A farm party, ideally, will take place at some sort of farm. For city dwellers, however, getting a location like this may be quite a challenge. If you find yourself in a situation where you just can’t seem to find a lovely farm to use as the venue for your party, there are some other great options.
Rely on the beauty of fall, and contact local national and state parks to see if there are spaces available to rent. With a rustic wooden veranda and backdrop full of beautiful fall leaves, none of your guests will even notice that they aren’t sitting at a farm.
Alternatively, if you have a backyard that is easy to entertain in, just host your farm party there and be sure to play up any trees, seasonal foliage, and rustic wooden pieces that you have available.
Create a Beautiful Atmosphere
When it comes to farm party ideas, keep rustic simplicity in mind. Raw, natural materials are great ways to get the farm feel wherever you are hosting your party.
When considering table setting, keep ideas as focused on nature as possible. Use plain sheets of brown paper or canvas to cover tables. Set out fruits vegetables that are in season in the fall to use as inexpensive decorations and centerpieces.
- Acorn and butternut squash
- Passion Fruit
- Crab Apples
Vintage items also make great decorations for chic farm parties. Visit a local antique store to find some unique décor items such as old mirrors, vases, and yard signs.
To display your food, select understated serving pieces. Cheeses and appetizers look great when served on pieces of slate, and put entrees in old pieces of china or wooden plates and bowls.
What is Farm to Table?
In a study conducted by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, its research indicated that out of sixteen commonly sold fruits and vegetables, the average piece of produce traveled over 1,500 miles before being sold to the consumer.
The farm to table movement tries to get away from that and instead promotes buying protein and produce from local farmers. This way, the consumer knows where their food is coming from, and local businesses and farms are also benefiting.
What’s on the Menu?
For a great farm to table party, keep the selections fresh. Keep an eye out for farm to table logos when purchasing the items for your meal.
If you are holding your farm party at a destination other than your backyard, plan to prepare food that can get cooked ahead and of time and that will travel well.
Start your meal off with fresh appetizers. Serve a vegetable crudité and cheese platter. Set out small bowls of trail mix and nuts for your guests to snack on as well.
For dinner, keep it simple. Select locally raised pieces of protein and fresh vegetables to complement the meal. Grilled salmon and chicken taste great at room temperature and are effortless to prepare. Just rub some salt, pepper, and lemon on the protein and then throw it on the grill.
Take advantage of the vegetables that are in season during the fall. Preparing squash is a great starchy addition to any meal. Serve roasted butternut squash or make a cold salad using spaghetti squash instead of pasta. Simple roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower also nicely complement a fresh meal.
Cobblers and pies are a great way to end any farm dinner party in the fall. Take advantage of the ripe apple and pumpkins by making a classic pumpkin pie or trying out a caramel apple cobbler.
Flavored iced teas and waters are good drink choices for any farm party. To give off the feeling off fall, serve some warm apple cider in a large punch bowl for your family and friends to enjoy.
For drinks with alcohol, choose cocktails that incorporate some fresh herbs and fruit. Mojitos use mint to create a refreshing and thirst-quenching beverage or combine rosemary, apple juice, and whiskey to make a festive fall combination that is worth sipping on.
Provide guests with a fun way to pass the time while they wait for the food. Set up tables that are complete with classic fall pastimes.
Bobbing for Apples
Fill a large bin up with water and drop in about a dozen apples. Encourage friends and family to catch and pick up an apple with their mouth. This activity has been around for many years but is a sure way to get a good laugh.
Set up a table with various colors of acrylic paint, paintbrushes, and of course, some pumpkins. Let guests use their creativity to paint on faces or pictures onto the pumpkin. For a fun twist, have a contest at the end of the party where everyone in attendance gets to vote on who designed the most creative pumpkin. Have a prize ready for the winner.
Use these farm party ideas to kick off fall. Enjoy using fresh farm to table food while spending time with family and friends in the beauty of nature. Remember to keep things simple, and let the rustic country farm theme shine through in all of your party details.
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