Autumn is filled with holiday moments and various get-togethers, and if you plan on entertaining this season you’ll want to be completely prepared. Between décor, menu planning, and preparation foresight, you can create a celebration you and your loved ones won’t soon forget, so here is your stress-free guide to entertaining guests this fall!
Décor Made Simple
Fall is easy to decorate for; simply look around at nature’s best and draw some inspiration. Pumpkins and gourds scattered around your home bring a bit of fall indoors, and candles wrapped with autumn leaves provide a classy touch. It’s easy to locate fall fabric rife with pumpkins and fall foliage. Check out your local fabric store and use any autumn-appropriate fabric you find to create a lovely table runner.
Setting the perfect Thanksgiving table shouldn’t be stressful, and it can be quite easy with an at-home delivery of colorful fall flowers. Lay down a tablecloth and set your new arrangement—in one fell swoop you’ll have a table dressing that complements the occasion perfectly, without even leaving your house!
A Varied Menu
For any get-togethers that don’t require proper sit down meals, prepare a variety of appetizer-style dishes that can be brought out throughout the night. As many colder season meals tend to be carb-heavy, guests who gorge in one sitting will tend to feel lazy and sluggish. Plus, if you have guests that will be arriving throughout the night you’ll be sure to have enough food to go around. Having food served in phases will also aid those who are partaking in alcohol to properly digest their food and avoid becoming too inebriated. Only put a few platters out at a time to ensure food that needs refrigeration isn’t sitting out for too long and developing harmful bacteria.
Be prepared to offer different food options to your guests who may follow specific dietary restrictions. Vegetarian plates are a must, and there are a variety of easy-to-prepare recipes that taste delicious and are healthier than the normal holiday fare. Provide at least one sweet treat that is diabetic-approved for any family members or friends watching their sugar intake.
While turkey is a Thanksgiving staple, there are plenty of other fall items that deserve your attention. The fall season offers a variety of flavors for you to use, so make sure you incorporate seasonal ingredients into your dishes. From pumpkins and apples to sweet potatoes and mushrooms, make the most of what Mother Nature created for the season. Don’t forget to offer seasonal sips as well. As the temperatures cool, warm drinks are the perfect libation for warm hearts and tummies. Hot toddies are great alcoholic beverages for celebrating the season, while hot apple cider and hot chocolate serve as perfect drinks for sober loved ones and the children in your life.
Do as much preparation as you can in the weeks leading up to any event you plan on hosting. If there are casseroles or baked goods that you can prepare in advance, do so. If you can buy ingredients that are easily stored and you know you’ll need, save yourself some grocery store stress and get them ahead of time.
Fall means colder weather, and you want to ensure your guests are as comfy as can be during your shindig. Make sure you have plenty of throw blankets strategically placed around your gathering, especially if a portion of the party is sure to spill into an outdoor area. This will invite loved ones to wrap up and stay at your party longer in comfort.
Enjoy the Party
By the time your get-together comes along, you’ve done so much work and you deserve to enjoy the event you planned. Many entertainers are guilty of setting out the perfect spread then running to do the dishes when the first guest has finished their meal. Make a promise to yourself that you will leave any dishes for after the party. You can set aside an area with buckets into which guests can drop their used plates. Better yet, serve your meals on disposable dinnerware that still has an air of elegance. You can even find disposable shiny gold utensils to make your occasion even classier.
Make this fall a season for the books by becoming the host or hostess you always knew you could be. Follow these tips and impress your guests with delicious food, picture-perfect décor, and a cozy atmosphere they will remember for years to come.