Entertaining

8 Ways to Celebrate Fall

Written by
Stephanie Lysaght
PHOTOGRAPHS BY
Tony Vu for One Kings Lane

Fall is like a warm hug for the senses: The spicy taste of hot apple cider with a generous splash of rum, the earthy sound of crunching leaves underfoot, the smoky aroma of a fireplace burning – must we go on? Here are eight fun, easy ways to celebrate the season – just in time for your pumpkin carving party.

01

Mulling Spices

Mulled apple cider should really be a year-round libation. But it’s not, so be sure to get your rum-buzz on right now. It’ll make your house – and guests – feel warm and cozy. Make your own, or cut corners honorably with Williams Sonoma’s stellar blend.

01

Mulling Spices

Mulled apple cider should really be a year-round libation. But it’s not, so be sure to get your rum-buzz on right now. It’ll make your house – and guests – feel warm and cozy. Make your own, or cut corners honorably with Williams Sonoma’s stellar blend.

Nicki Sebastian for Parachute
02

Fall-friendly Textiles

Your summer clothing is now tucked away, but your house may not have received the memo – so update your home textiles accordingly. Nothing says “let’s never leave the couch this fall” like a totally hygge Parachute x Jenni Kayne Alpaca Throw.  

02

Fall-friendly Textiles

Your summer clothing is now tucked away, but your house may not have received the memo – so update your home textiles accordingly. Nothing says “let’s never leave the couch this fall” like a totally hygge Parachute x Jenni Kayne Alpaca Throw.  

03

Totally Trashy Halloween Decor

Even if your entire home is a model of breezy, earth-toned restraint, when October rolls around, you hereby have our permission to let go. Unleash your inner John Waters and indulge your gaudiest, campiest impulses. Want a spiderweb in your window? A tombstone on your lawn? Or, our personal favorite, an Animated Flying Witch? Do it. You’ve earned it.

03

Totally Trashy Halloween Decor

Even if your entire home is a model of breezy, earth-toned restraint, when October rolls around, you hereby have our permission to let go. Unleash your inner John Waters and indulge your gaudiest, campiest impulses. Want a spiderweb in your window? A tombstone on your lawn? Or, our personal favorite, an Animated Flying Witch? Do it. You’ve earned it.

a2gemma for flickr
04

A Collection of Funky Gourds

Available at most supermarkets, funky gourds are the unsung hero of the season. Like a pumpkin’s warty stepsister, the gourd is full of character and brings fun and intrigue to any table. Plug: Gourds are best paired with our tabletop collection.

04

A Collection of Funky Gourds

Available at most supermarkets, funky gourds are the unsung hero of the season. Like a pumpkin’s warty stepsister, the gourd is full of character and brings fun and intrigue to any table. Plug: Gourds are best paired with our tabletop collection.

05

Spooky Music

Sort of like surf rock with occasional ghost sounds, Halloween music really is about as fun as it gets. Cruise Spotify’s options. The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack works, too – on vinyl, natch. Just try to listen to “The Time Warp” without dancing – it’s impossible.

05

Spooky Music

Sort of like surf rock with occasional ghost sounds, Halloween music really is about as fun as it gets. Cruise Spotify’s options. The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack works, too – on vinyl, natch. Just try to listen to “The Time Warp” without dancing – it’s impossible.

Alex Lau for Bon Appétit
06

DIY Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

If you invite friends over for the aforementioned pumpkin carving party, put those seeds to use! Instead of discarding the seed-laden pumpkin innards, rinse and bake ‘em. Try Bon Appétit’s recipe. Your guests will have a delicious snack by the time they wrap up their masterpieces.

06

DIY Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

If you invite friends over for the aforementioned pumpkin carving party, put those seeds to use! Instead of discarding the seed-laden pumpkin innards, rinse and bake ‘em. Try Bon Appétit’s recipe. Your guests will have a delicious snack by the time they wrap up their masterpieces.

07

A Vintage Scary Movie

Obviously, you’re going to have a scary movie projected on the wall at your Halloween party. But which scary movie? Go for a film that scared the daylights out of you as a kid. Candy ManIt? Pick your poison. It will bring back all the terror and joy of Halloween done right.

07

A Vintage Scary Movie

Obviously, you’re going to have a scary movie projected on the wall at your Halloween party. But which scary movie? Go for a film that scared the daylights out of you as a kid. Candy ManIt? Pick your poison. It will bring back all the terror and joy of Halloween done right.

James Ransom for Food52
08

A Fresh Pumpkin Pie

If your city doesn’t really have seasons, you probably still know it’s autumn because the pumpkin spice latte is everywhere. But you are not going to order one because you are not 14. Indulge in fall’s favorite flavor another way: Bake a pumpkin pie! The best pumpkin pie recipe is right there on the Libby’s pumpkin can. Hey, why mess with perfection?

[Ed. note: The Parachute x Jenni Kayne Fringe Alpaca Throw is sold out.]

08

A Fresh Pumpkin Pie

If your city doesn’t really have seasons, you probably still know it’s autumn because the pumpkin spice latte is everywhere. But you are not going to order one because you are not 14. Indulge in fall’s favorite flavor another way: Bake a pumpkin pie! The best pumpkin pie recipe is right there on the Libby’s pumpkin can. Hey, why mess with perfection?

[Ed. note: The Parachute x Jenni Kayne Fringe Alpaca Throw is sold out.]

October 18, 2017