Fall weather brings a chill in the air, and nothing feels better than putting on a cozy sweater. Outdoor entertaining gives way to indoor fun, exchanging picnics for soups and stews by a roaring fire. Make your fall dinner party memorable with beautiful settings, seasonal menus and perfect wine pairings.
Fun Fall Place Settings
Changing leaves create a landscape full of vibrant colors, including various shades of yellow, red, orange and brown. Bring this color scheme indoors when you set your table. Create bouquets of brightly colored leaves to serve as centerpieces, or add a few at each place for accent. Other bits of nature complement the theme, for example pumpkins, apples and pine cones. If you prefer to purchase centerpieces, orange dahlias, chrysanthemums and hydrangea are excellent choices.
Linens in leafy colors lend themselves well to fall dinner parties, but a creamy white will also do well next to your fall-themed décor. Of course, hosting isn't complete without glassware. Make your meal special with fun glassware etched in Pineapple designs. The Pineapple is a traditional symbol of hospitality, and having it on display when guests visit represents how very important they are to you. This symbol sets the tone for festive fall occasions.
Cold-Weather Favorites
Warm comfort food is an autumn staple, and you can carry through the fall dinner party theme by including harvest vegetables on your menu. Start with a pumpkin-based soup, then move on to a hearty entrée. For example, pumpkin risotto with goat cheese and dried cranberries will keep your guests coming back for more. If you prefer pasta, try butternut squash spaghetti with sausage and sage, or consider pork chops with apples and cider pan sauce. There are endless options for fall desserts — so many that you might want to serve several options. Ginger cookies and cakes are always well-received, not to mention the many apple and pumpkin treats that make this season so popular.
Pairing Wine With Fall Flavors
Adding wine to the occasion makes it more festive, and gorgeous glassware is just the right thing to highlight your selection. After all, glassware is the centerpiece of fall-themed meals. Many enjoy Gewürztraminer, an aromatic white wine, with pumpkin and butternut squash dishes, and Riesling is an excellent choice for apple-based desserts.
Cooler weather doesn’t mean an end to entertaining. Bring the fun indoors with autumn colors, warm food and great company.