What’s not to love about fall; the colors, the comfort foods and the crisp seasonal cocktails to warm up any chilly night. Just because the days become shorter and colder doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of a cozy dinner party or fun fall get together. My favorite fall parties include simple recipes and décor ideas that will embrace the season and celebrate summer’s passing. I like to incorporate fresh apples, spices and seasonal ingredients into both my dishes and my cocktails. Check out my fall favorites below and see how easy it can be to entertain during sweater weather.
1. Color – While you might typically think of warmer colors like oranges, browns and reds, don’t be afraid to reach for non-traditional colors for your table this season. We’re loving these shades of blush and gold, which still provide warmth, yet an additional level of elegance. 2. Coasters – By adding subtle touches of…
This easy DIY thankful wreath is a creative way to add a personal touch to your holiday decor. First, you’ll need a plain wreath frame and a variety of items to dress it up. Every part of the wreath can be personalized, so feel free to get creative with your wreath shape, material and colors. We…
We’re brunching all year long and we’ve got the perfect additions to your fall brunch menu. These sugar & spice doughnuts will go quick! Pick up a package of these delicious seasonal staples at your local bakery or grocery store and set out for guests to grab-and-go. Doughnuts are always a great option to offer brunch…
Meat and cheese boards are always an easy way to offer your guests different pairing options to accompany a variety of wines and cocktails. And the best part… they’re in style all year long. Just mix up your ingredients to fit the season with a few simple tips. For your cheeses – While fall typically brings…
This DIY thankful wreath is so simple and affordable. You’ll need… Pre-made wreath A variety of colorful wildflowers Wooded “Give Thanks” words (you can find these at most craft supply stores) Colorful string Simply stick the flowers into the pre-made wreath to add pops of color. Use the string to secure the wooden words and…
A great way to get your guests involved and inspire everyone to share what they’re thankful for with loved ones. All you need is a vase with filler items, plastic (or real) branches, paper cut-out leaves, and mini clothespins. Some great vase filler ideas include pine cones, moss, mini pumpkins or gourds, acorns, rocks, or…
A great (but easy) way for you to share what you are thankful for with loved ones is a pumpkin. Use a real or fake pumpkin (in case you want a keepsake). Simply set out a variety of permanent markets and allow family members and friends to add to the pumpkin.
This perfect pairing requires low maintenance and offers exquisite presentation without the hassle of preparing it. Pick up a fresh berry pie from your local baker and pair alongside your favorite Pinot Noir. We recommend Sonoma-Cutrer’s Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, which offers deep dark fruit aromas with hints of baking spices, as well as red…
This warm squash soup served in mini pumpkin bowls alongside our favorite crisp chardonnay will have you wishing it was fall all year long.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 onion, chopped finely
- 2 medium golden potatoes
- 1 butternut squash, cubed
- 1/2 container chicken stock
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
We got our hands on this year’s Sonoma-Cutrer Winemaker’s Release, and we’re here to tell you how amazing it is – you’re welcome. The latest vintage of Sonoma-Cutrer’s Winemakers Release series offers dark fruit aromas with hints of dark chocolate, black tea and earth notes, making it very complex. From the Russian River Valley, this…
We’re falling in love with pumpkin-spiced everything. Find these sugar-spice doughnuts at your local grocery or bakery.
Put a twist on your fall brunch menu with seasonal touches like pumpkin spiced doughnuts, plaid napkins, fresh apples and a variety of fall-themed flavorful juices, spreads and toppings. A few simple tweaks go a long way to pull the theme together.
The first tip to any successful brunch party is to include a great champagne for your cocktails. Our favorite is Korbel California Champagne. Delicious, affordable and perfect for any fall brunch cocktail on your menu.
Small pumpkins can easily be transformed into a fun fall soup or dip bowl. Using a melon-baller, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin, leaving about 1/2 inch of pumpkin on each side. Scoop pumpkin seeds out using mellon baller to create a hollow inside. Rinse the inside of the pumpkin and allow…
- 1 oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
- 1 oz Kahlua
- 2 oz half and half
- Chocolate bar, melted
- 1 graham cracker, smashed
Tip: Make friends with your local baker. This fresh cheery pie would complete any fall table.
We admit – We’re addicted to pumpkin-spiced-everything. Why not utilize the entire pumpkin for an authentic table setting? We love the look of our mini pumpkin soup bowls and pumpkin flower vase as part of the presentation. Place on top of slabs of wood to weave a warm, earthy feel throughout your fall table setting….
Although summer has come to an end, you can still incorporate a fresh feel to your fall table setting. We’re loving this combination of deep reds and warm yellows, to add a vibrant look to our table
Your standard glassware is great, but think about including specialty glasses for your table setting this fall. Elegant patterns and colors don’t need to be expensive, and they can become your new annual go-to for the season. We’re loving these gold etched glasses to compliment our fall table settings.
Incorporate the fall-theme throughout your table setting with subtle touches. We’re loving these elegant gold leaf coasters for our glassware.
We love warm colors and pumpkin-themed everything, but your fall table setting can still be seasonal and elegant with a variety of other colors, textures and patterns. Layer different patterned plates that pair nicely with your napkins and utensils. We’re using gold utensils to add warmth to this colorful fall place setting.
Great for tailgates, glamping and traveling if you want festive glasses without broken glass. Using plastic champagne glasses, remove the base of the glass. Set on a surface outside (area may get paint residue so be mindful of where you spray). Using gold spray-paint cover the top of the base with a light coat of…
Fall is in the air! With simple fall decorating ideas like this pumpkin flower vase you’ll be ready for the changing leaves and pumpkin patch. A simple and effortless idea for a centerpiece for your fall, thanksgiving or holiday gathering. To make this fall centerpiece simply cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin…
- 1 ½ oz Collingwood Blended Canadian Whisky
- ½ oz dry vermouth
- ¼ oz pure Canadian maple syrup
- 2 dashes of bitters
Whether you are hosting game night or wine night, a wine-themed tasting game is a great idea for an interactive evening with friends. Here’s how to host a blind wine tasting game: Place 3 or more bottles of wine each in a different bag so the label is hidden. You can use paper to cover…
- 2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon
- ¾ oz Sweet Vermouth
- 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
- 1/2 oz hazelnut liqueur
- 3 oz hot coffee
- 1/2 oz heavy cream
2.5 tbsp water 1 tablespoon cornstarch 10 small red potatoes 1 white onion cut in large pieces 3 cups baby carrots Salt and ground pepper to taste 1 beef roast Worcestershire sauce Add water and corn starch to slow cooker and top with potatoes, onions and carrots. Add salt and pepper and stir. Add meat…
Mix and match a variety of cheeses, fruits and meats for your guests. Olives, berries, pomegranate seeds, salami, cheeses and crackers make perfect appetizers!
Use thick wooden sticks and press into core of whole apples. Dip in melted chocolate or caramel sauce then roll in toppings. Crushed gingerbread or chopped nuts are perfect for the holidays, but toppings are limitless!
Pre-make mini taco dips that can be served straight out of a mason jar and enjoyed on the spot. Each person can have their own to-go taco dip. Individual To-Go Taco Dip: In mason jar add: 1 tbsp cream cheese, softened 2 tbsp canned black beans, rinsed 2 tbsp tomatoes (or salsa) Sprinkle shredded cheddar…
Slice apples and dip in melted chocolate and caramel, then sprinkle your favorite candied apple toppings for bite-sized fall apple treats. I chose butterscotch morsels, chopped nuts and shredded coconut pieces for these.
Simple bruschetta recipe: Chop tomatoes and thinly slice basil, combine. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and pinch of salt. Serve with crostini or toasted baguette slices.