A Fall Harvest Dinner Party is an awesome way to get your friends together and just chill out. Whether you go all-out or prefer to have a more casual get-together, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate what you’re grateful for, spend time with friends and/or family, and enjoy delicious food.
Welcome guests to your home with a fall wreath on your front door, and the smell of cinnamon and apples when they enter.
Have a showstopping centrepiece
If you don’t want to decorate the rest of your home, I would suggest at the very least to create a fun, festive centrepiece for the dinner table. A simple centrepiece like the one below can be made with very few components and definitely on the cheap:
Another centrepiece idea is to use food, like pumpkins, apples, squash, or other fall foods that don’t need to be refrigerated.
Harvest dinner party decor
Decorate with seasonal fruits and vegetables, like pumpkins, dried corn on the cob, squash, and apples. Purchase or make simple fabric placemats, table runners, and wall hangings. Orange kitchen accessories are perfect for fall and harvest decorating.
What to serve
Keep it seasonal. Prepare as much of the courses as you can in advance. Salad, for instance, is a delicious, fresh course and always a big hit. Use apples and nuts with a light balsamic dressing to change things up. You can put together all the components ahead of time and just plate-up when it’s time to serve.
Serve meat substitutes or just serve a nice, hearty soup/stew as an alternative. Don’t forget the buns or biscuits, and some homemade garlic spread. I prefer to keep my dinner party meals more on the light side—finished off with a delicious pie or tart and homemade ice cream.
If there will be young children at the fall harvest dinner party, have stations set up with pumpkins to paint and sugar cookies (shaped like pumpkins) to decorate.
I know there is a lot going on this time of year, but taking the time to focus on the people who are most important in your life with a simple or elaborate Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition that I definitely look forward to each year.
What about you? What do you prefer to serve at dinner parties this time of year?