Just because the Southern California weather in October can’t make up its mind whether it wants to be a sweltering summer scorcher or a cloud-blanketed drizzly chill, doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge in some autumn festivities. Hot or cold, these are some of our favorite ways to celebrate harvest time.

If only we had fall foliage like this in Glendora, right?
The great thing about shabby chic party planning is that it only takes a few details to make a simple get together with friends feel like a cozy fall celebration. Serving platters of snacks or desserts on rustic crates or vintage kitchenwares makes tasty morsels look as appetizing as if they were made from scratch in a homestyle farmhouse bakery (even if they came from a box).

Rustic autumn dessert display

For mealtime, don’t worry about spending hours in the kitchen whipping up elaborate dishes. Think comfort food: simple, filling, and always a crowd-pleaser. Grilled cheese sandwiches with a side of tomato soup or hearty stew with a side of warm cornbread will do the trick. Of course, if you can’t resist adding a dish that will “wow” your guests, these adorable Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries take less than 30 minutes to make.

If you want to host a dinner party without spending a fortune on centerpieces, your own kitchen can offer some refreshingly homey options. A small ceramic pot filled with wooden kitchen utensils creates a folksy bouquet. Add mason jars filled with dried flowers or tea light candles resting on beds of dried corn kernels and you have dining room table decor that will last for the whole season–and you won’t even have to water it once!
Farmhouse kitchen centerpiece
corn kernels in candle holders

For an extra touch of Halloween magic, instead of regular mason jars try some of Knot too shabby’s colorful jack-o-lantern jars (only $3-4 each)!

That’s it! Now all you have to do is invite a few friends over, press play on your favorite tunes, put your feet up while enjoying a pumpkin spice latte from Knot too shabby’s neighbor Classic Coffee and enjoy the fun of the fall season!
Do you love autumn too? What are some of your most memorable fall traditions?