Autumn is finally here! My favorite season has made its debut with changes in the weather and falling leaves. It’s finally time to get out those oversized sweaters and cozy knit scarves you keep hidden away in the back of your closet. Fall is also the time when you get to cook the best comfort foods and stay bundled up inside with the ones you love. The season has come for sharing a meal and gathering together. To get you inspired, take a look at these tips for autumn entertaining.
Good Eats: Nothing says it’s fall and time for the holidays like great food. When throwing a fall get-together it’s important to know what’s in season to get the best flavors out of your ingredients. Vegetables are one of my favorite parts of the fall dining. When preparing your menu for the night, remember that cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, chard, sweet potatoes, and all kinds of squash are perfect this time of year. These can all be roasted and if you get creative make a warm soup for those cooler autumn nights.
Hearty main courses are really great for fall meals. Comfort foods like pot pies, roasts, and stews are perfect for bringing the family together!
Make sure you don’t forget about desserts! This, in my opinion, is the most important part of the season changing. Warm and delicious fall desserts are my favorite. The aroma or pies, roasted caramel apples, and homemade toffee seem to always fill my home when fall comes around. You can stick with the classic pumpkin and pecan pies or try something out of the box like salted caramel dipped pears.
Décor: Decorate your home with all things fall. There is no need to go over board of course but a touch here and there makes the space more welcoming for guests. Pumpkins and gourds are an obvious choice and you can always update the look by painting them or even spraying them with a hint of glitter. Indian corn husks are also something that looks great in the home. These can be an alternative to flowers and you can hang them in a bundle or just place them upon your mantle. If you want to stick to a traditional floral arrangement, get flowers in deep reds and lush deep greens.
Tabletops: Take time to set up your table top with autumn oriented details. Guests with definently appreciate it and it will make your party seem spectacular when it really took no effort at all. Try using a burlap or plaid table cloth instead of leaving the table uncovered and bare. For color schemes for the plates and napkins go with rich colors like plum, green, and brown (even ivory can make a statement paired with the right autumn colored napkin). Make a center piece of mini pumpkins and cover the table in candles to get the mood. If you have time roast and season some pumpkins seeds and set out small bowls of them for pre-meal snacking. It’s the small details that can really upgrade your dining experience!
For more inspiration take a look at our Autumn Entertaining board on Pinterest.