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.”

Toasting with a pumpkin martini - 10 great fall entertaining ideas

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.

5) Fill the air with the sounds of autumn. Carla from The Salonniere suggests you create a seasonal playlist. Songs to consider:

  • “Autumn Leaves” by Nat King Cole
  • “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire
  • “Autumn in New York” by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  • “Forever Autumn” by the Moody Blues
  • “Autumn Serenade” by John Coltrane
  • “Girl from the North Country” by Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash
  • “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & The Papas
  • “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
  • “Autumn In New York” by Bille Holiday
  • “Autumn Changes” by Donna Summer
  • “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day
  • “Autumn Leaves” by Eva Cassidy
  • “Autumn” by Paolo Nutini
  • “October” by Broken Bells
  • “Autumn Leaves” by Ed Sheeran

6) Bring food to your flowers. Reflect the bounty of fall with floral arrangements that include seasonal vegetables and herbs like chard, beets and purple artichokes.

7) Sprinkle seasonal touches into your decor. Serve your nibbles on leaf-shaped platters and choose linens in autumnal shades like gold and pumpkin.

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8) Stoke the embers of friendship. Place votive candles in groups on tables to draw people together as though they’re gathering around a hearth.

9) Gather the leaves. As each guest leaves the party, send them home with a thermos filled with warm cider or a classic caramel apple. Nostalgic touches make people smile.

10) Chill. Remember to relax. If you don’t have fun at your autumn fete, your guests won’t either.

Awesome autumn cocktails
Featuring pear-cranberry sparkling wine, champagne pumpkin martini and apple sangria

All autumn party photos thanks to Personal Creations

awesome autumn cocktails

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About the author: For more entertaining inspiration and tips from the experts, visit The Salonniere.

Photo credit(s): All autumn party photos thanks to Personal Creations.

Original publication date: Sept. 24, 2014

Filed under: Autumn - Fall, Entertaining, Wine & alcoholic beverages

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