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.
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…
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)
Slow Cooker Potato Curry Chili (click here for recipe)
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!)
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.
^ My pumpkin ^
^ Lorenzo(aka MY pumpkin)’s pumpkin ^
^ Chris’s pumpkin ^
^ 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?