How to Throw a Fall Housewarming Party

Brad and I moved into our new home a little over a month ago and we wanted to celebrate with our closest friends and family. We hosted a Fall Housewarming Party at the beginning of October and I am sharing all the details that went into planning and executing this fun, Fall celebration!


We had a come and go party from 2-5 PM on a Saturday. We kept it extremely casual. We invited everyone via Facebook event and word-of-mouth. We invited around 50 people and had a turnout of probably 30-40 people. After the first hour or so, we had at least 20 people in our house at a time.

How to Throw a Fall Housewarming Party | Courtney Nicole Heathcock Blog


We did light snacks for our party and had it between lunch and dinner so that no one would come expecting a meal. We decided to go with half sweet and half savory when it came to the food for the evening. TIPWe also spread out the food throughout the common areas so that everyone wouldn’t be stuck in one spot to create movement

  • Cheese Plate (cheese, meats, crackers, + fruits)
  • Cookies (gold sugared cookies + chocolate chip cookies)
  • Cheese Crackers
  • Fail Trail Mix:
    • TIP to making a good trail mix is to get the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Get creative on how you tie in the sweet aspect so that it’s not too overpowering.  
    • Pretzels
    • Popcorn
    • Candy Corn
    • Chocolate Chips
    • Honey Teddy Grahams
    • Goldfish
    • Marshmallows
    • Chocolate Covered Pretzels (both white and milk, with fall colored sprinkles)

How to Throw a Fall Housewarming Party | Courtney Nicole Heathcock Blog


We wanted to keep the party on the classier side, but we don’t drink alcohol so I got creative. We bought different kinds of sparkling juices and cut up fruit to serve alongside to make a little Sparkling Juice Bar.

  • Sparkling Juice Bar:
    • Sparkling Cider, Red Grape, and White Grape Sparkling Juice
      • Fruit cut into smaller pieces (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
  • We also had water bottles set up inside and sodas in a cooler outside.

How to Throw a Fall Housewarming Party | Courtney Nicole Heathcock Blog


  • New Home Themed Games:
    • We set up cards with random baskets around the house with questions like “The Best Date Night Spots“, “Cleaning Hacks and Tips“, and “Help us name our New Home“. This was a super easy way for our guests to get involved while still allowing us to have a come and go type party and not have to put a ton of effort into entertaining everyone. Everyone really enjoyed the games and it was helpful for us as well – especially the cleaning hacks.
  • House Tours. Everyone comes to your housewarming party wanting the tour of the home, so be prepared to give the tour at least 25 times in one day. TIP: Clean the areas of your home you want to be seen and close the doors to the rooms you don’t want people to go into.

How to Throw a Fall Housewarming Party | Courtney Nicole Heathcock Blog


  • Pumpkins
    • We placed pumpkins everywhere throughout the food and drinks to bring everything together. These little pumpkins and gourds are super cheap and an easy way to decorate for fall.
  • Candles
    • TIP: I had a candle lit or a Scentsy in every room of the house that people could possibly be in, they were all different scents but they flowed well together. Every house has a smell and this is the first time people are smelling yours, make an effort for it to smell nice.
  • Pumpkin Plates + Thankful Napkins
    • TIP: I got enough plates and napkins for double the number of people expected to come because people will throw away their plates and napkins throughout the party by habit. 
  • We used a mixed match of serving platters and baskets to create different heights, looks, colors, and sizes.
    • TIP: Cut out parchment paper to place on all of our serving platters for easy cleanup!

How to Throw a Fall Housewarming Party | Courtney Nicole Heathcock Blog

TIP: We used oranges to hold the toothpicks and look like a pumpkin. 

I adore Fall and it was so much fun to celebrate our new home as well as the new season. I hope this sparks your mind for your next party and gives you some ideas and tips to utilize to have the best celebration your friends and family have ever seen. Comment your favorite party tips and tricks below!

How to Throw a Fall Housewarming Party | Courtney Nicole Heathcock Blog
How to Throw a Fall Housewarming Party | Courtney Nicole Heathcock Blog


7 thoughts on “How to Throw a Fall Housewarming Party

  1. This looks like such a warm, welcoming party! I’d like to eventually dive into having people over and hosting events, but it can be kind of overwhelming. Posts like these help inspire me though!

  2. I just held a #Pinterest Party last night where I asked every guest to bring their favorite Pinterest inspired Fall themed recipe and we also crafted centerpieces for our homes. Whenever I decorate for seasons, I go to my local dollar store and stock up on seasonal décor and then I recycle and use it again the following year!



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