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How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

I love hosting little shindigs! Throughout the year I host birthday parties, girls nights, game nights, Chopstick Dinner, Friendsgiving, animal care drives, Christmas toy drives, the list goes on… About a month ago I decided I wanted to host an intimate fall dinner with friends, & so I started planning everything. The dinner took place last weekend & it was a great time! Today I am sharing some info on how to successfully host a fall dinner party.

DECORATE WITH FALL-THEMED DECOR:

Think of a specific fall-related theme, or just decorate with typical fall-themed colors, patterns, & items. The source of inspiration behind my entire fall-themed dinner party was a set of ceramic fox bowls that I have (see photo below). They are adorable & definitely fit the “fall look”. I have six of them so I knew the dinner would be an intimate affair. I’m a huge fan of paper straws: not only are they adorable, they are also wayyy better for the environment than plastic, so I purchased these. Lorenzo picked up some beautiful fall flowers & several pumpkins. It took all of five minutes to set up a simple fall-themed tablescape.

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

PLAN & SERVE A FALL-THEMED MENU:

Food is my favorite part of every get-together that I host. I really enjoy planning party menus. I don’t exactly love cooking because I get so stressed out, but I do love eating all of the yummy food that my husband & I cook up. I also love sharing yummy recipes with friends & family. Try to come up with a menu that includes foods that represent fall. When I think of fall recipes I think of two main things; warm soups/chilis/stews, & pumpkin everything. Pinterest is my go-to for recipes. Everything we made turned out amazingly delicious! See the full vegan menu (recipes included when applicable) below…

APPETIZERS;
Pumpkin Hummus (click here for recipe)
Pita Bread (click here for recipe)
Crackers (we love Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers in Sea Salt)
FRUITS & VEGGIES (we chose grapes, strawberries, carrots & celery)
MAIN COURSE;
Slow Cooker Potato Curry Chili (click here for recipe)
DESSERT;
Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars (click here for recipe)
Chocolate Cake w Chocolate Buttercream (made by my dear friend Elizabeth. I have made this chocolate cake recipe & this chocolate buttercream recipe before & both are yummy!)

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

INCLUDE A FALL-THEMED ACTIVITY:

90% of the functions I host end in a circle of everyone playing games. I love card games, board games, made-up games, etc. This time, however, I decided on a different kind of activity; pumpkin painting. I have a bazillion paints & brushes. And on the invite to my friends I included, “B.Y.O.P aka Bring Your Own Pumpkin”. After we were done eating, we relaxed for a bit, answering 5 questions each from The Book Of Questions. Then we went back to the dining room, where a drop cloth was now set up, & we got to painting. It was a lot of fun. It was all of our first times painting pumpkins & I HIGHLY suggest it over carving. It’s way less work with equally creative ability, results, & less chance of pumpkin rotting.ย 

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

^ My pumpkin ^

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

^ Lorenzo(aka MY pumpkin)’s pumpkin ^

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

^ Chris’s pumpkin ^

How To Host A Successful Fall Dinner Party

^ Elizabeth’s pumpkin ^

My fall-themed dinner party was a great success. We all had a lot of fun. So much so that I forgot to take any photos of my guests or myself. Whoops! I also missed in snapping a few of the pumpkins! Dang-it! Anywho since it was so much fun, I definitely plan to host a similar event every October from here on out! Do you think you might host a fall dinner party yourself?

XOXO, Kara

 

 

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