How to Host the Perfect Fall Cocktail Party

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My favorite season is finally here and I’m ready to host the perfect fall cocktail party!

This post was sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and also contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The weather is finally starting to cool and there is the tiniest tinge of color on the leaves at my house. You know what that means? My favorite season of all has finally and officially arrived! Why is fall my favorite season? The weather is cooler, the air is crisp and I tend to have more energized for some reason. It seems people are happier and I personally want to entertain friends and family even more than I generally do. I would love to host the perfect fall cocktail party!

Typically, I am at my happiest when I am hosting parties and gatherings in my home. Cocktail parties are especially great because they tend to be more casual and fun. It’s a great way to showcase my personality with decor, new recipes and more. All of the great entertaining items below are available at Cost Plus World Market.

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Here’s where the fun begins!

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Good luck!

Shop the Look

When I think about how to host the perfect cocktail party for fall, this is where I begin.

Set the tone for your party starting at the front door

Fall Eucalyptus Wreath

Whole Mulling Spice

Stainless Steel Double Jigger

  • As soon as your guests walk up to your front door, the party is ready to start. This beautiful fall eucalyptus wreath is the perfect greeting – or at least until your smiling face answers the door.
  • The whole mulling spices will be simmering in a pot on the stove. The seasonal fragrance will fill your home with cinnamon, clove and orange. Perfect fall greeting!
  • Make sure the bartender is ready to start making special bevs as soon as guests arrive. This double jigger is handy as it does twice the work.

Cocktail parties are a time to showcase your personality

Copper Stemless Wine Glasses, Set of 4

Slate Cheese Board

Metal Hand Stamped Cocktail Spreaders

  • First of all – who doesn’t love copper? These wine glasses are gorgeous! The copper bottoms look just like fall too. For cocktail parties I prefer stemless wine glasses. Less chances of spills and accidental knock-overs.
  • Slate cheese boards are a lot of fun and easy to use. Your guests appreciate knowing what type of cheese they are sampling. Also, you can write fun phrases or quotes.
  • These cocktail spreaders are the best. “Lay it on thick” – just too cute!!

Don’t forget the ambiance 

Copper and Dark Bronze Hammered Candleholder

White Unscented Candles

Black Villa Stripe Table Linen Collection

  • To host the perfect cocktail party you must have a lot of candlelight. The glow of the hammered copper in this candleholder is so pretty.
  • White unscented candles are perfect to add throughout the house. Place them in bowls, on plates, etc. Always remember safety first.
  • The Black Villa Stripe Table Linens are a personal fave – yes, I do own most of this collection. The stripes are more of a charcoal gray and I just love the pattern.

Make service pretty and easy for guests

Succulent Napkins, Set of  4

Porcelain Plate Sets with Serving Racks

Wood and Metal Flatware Caddy

  • Your fall napkins and decor need not scream out with pumpkins and gourds. These fabulous succulent napkins have all of the colors of fall and mirror the colors of the eucalyptus wreath. Love, love, love!
  • Cocktail parties are a time for guests to mix, mingle and chat at their leisure and yours. Make food service easy with these porcelain plate sets with serving racks AND…
  • This beautiful wood and metal flatware caddy. Your party guests know right where everything is for easy self-service!

It’s hard to decide, right?

Cost Plus World Market is also great for other shopping too! You should really check out their Farmhouse Decor, and Dining Room Furniture! Oh…and I’ve got my eye on some Thanksgiving Plates. When we shop at out our local store Cost Plus World Market Cumberland in Smyrna, GA we have a hard time making decisions. The store has so many cute decorative and seasonal items to choose from.

One more reminder…don’t forget to Sign Up for chance to win World Market gift cards and rewards!

Happy Fall!


  1. So many great ideas in one place! If anyone can throw an amazing fall cocktail party it’s definitely the two of you! Can’t wait to go shopping now, CoCo

  2. I would love to come to your house for a cocktail party! I’ve never seen those mulling spices before but I’ll be ordering a bag today, great idea!

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