Whether you’re hosting a quaint gathering or a town festival, autumn dinner party favors are perfect fall giveaways.
Fall is a sensational time for hosting a gathering for friends and family. The changing leaves and crisp weather can inspire fantastic menus like butternut squash ravioli, roasted sweet potatoes, cranberry spinach walnut salad, and pumpkin pie.
All that time cleaning house and planning the menu, it’s important not to forget your table-scape. Creating a warm and welcoming dinner table for your fall parties is simple. Choose linens in autumnal colors; think rust, goldenrod, browns, and greens. For a rustic look, fill a bowl with apples, mini pumpkins, and gourds in all shapes and sizes.
Lighting is important and—when chosen properly—will really make your dinner shine. For an outdoor dinner, drape cafe string lights over tree branches or a pergola. Inside, candles add warmth to your table. While white candles are a classic table setting option, colored candles add festive fall flair. As delicious as some candle fragrances smell, stick to unscented. The added fragrance could interfere with your delicious dinner, and some guests might have sensitive allergies.
Autumn Dinner Party Favor Idea: Flower Bulbs
The table is set, the decorations hung, and the menu just right, so let’s plan those guest favors. Why not give an eco-friendly gift, like flower bulbs? Since fall is the best time to plant bulbs, a goodie bag of flower bulbs is an excellent choice for your autumn dinner party favors.
While bulbs as party favors are perfect for outdoor or garden-themed parties, they work for any fall gathering. Wrap a handful of flower bulbs (tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, and allium are popular choices) in a clear cello bag, fabric swatch, or small burlap bag. Tie off with raffia, twine, or pretty fall-colored ribbon.
If you want to really personalize your autumn dinner party favors, just handwrite each guests’ name on a homemade gift tag. A simple colorful piece of scrapbook paper with a handwritten name or message looks charming and makes the gift personalized. You might consider writing bulb planting instructions on the back of the tag. Be sure to include the type of flower and its color, planting depth, bulb spacing, and what month to plant.
One last tip: remind guests to plant their bulbs before the snow starts. Bulbs may not grow if kept in a closed bag over winter and planted in the spring.
Spring Blooming Bulb Planting Chart
- Zones 2-3 – Plant in September
- Zones 4-5 – Plant in October
- Zones 6-7 – Plant in November
- Zone 8 – Plant in December
Giving bulbs as autumn dinner party favors is a kind gesture and will provide fond memories next spring when the flowers bloom. Happy fall!