Looking for some ways to make up your fall fêtes more festive? To augment your autumn affairs? To spice up your seasonal soirées?
Then feast your eyes on these 10 great fall entertaining ideas from Carla McDonald, the hostess with the mostest behind The Salonniere, a source of party tips from entertaining experts. As McDonald likes to say, “I feel a party coming on.”
Top 10 tips for fall entertaining
1) Choose a stellar date. There’s nothing more festive than an autumn moon, so hold your party on or around an evening when the moon is full (or nearly so) and bright.
2) Harvest your guest list. Select your guest list carefully. Have a look through your social media feeds to see who had interesting experiences over the summer that you think others might enjoy hearing about.
3) Spice things up with a signature cocktail. Welcome your guests with a drink that puts them in the mood for the cool, crisp days of autumn. You could try a Spiced Pear Collins, which is made with gin, pear puree and rosemary. Find out how to make 7 different pumpkin martinis here.
4) Prepare a seasonal feast. Serve warm, earthy nibbles with fennel, figs and other fall flavors. Butternut squash soup topped with sage and served in shot glasses is a classic autumnal touch that looks beautiful passed on trays. Garnish your dishes with edible fall leaves.