Fall Entertaining Tips
The signs of fall are all around us – cool weather, colourful leaves and the constant reminder that winter is just around the corner. Fall is a wonderful time to entertain; after all, it is the season of harvest. Preparing for dinner guests takes a fair bit of preparation, but spending time with the people who matter most makes it well worth the effort. Here are four tips to make your fall dinner party a success:
Set the table to celebrate the season. Fall themes are super easy to create with rustic tones and textures. Best of all, you can create a simple centerpiece with things that you can find in the grocery store. Miniature pumpkins and gourds create a fun seasonal focal point. Look for flowers in pale yellows and rusty oranges. Combine some dried branches and burlap to complete your theme. Candles always add a nice warm glow to your table, and you don’t need to worry about creating a fire hazard anymore. Battery-operated candles are inexpensive and can be found at nearly any large retailer.
Don’t forget about the aroma. Nothing smells more like fall than warm apple cider. It’s a special treat that we don’t see much of during the rest of the year. Make a large pot of cider on the stove or in a crock pot so the smell fills your home. Be sure to add some lemon slices and cinnamon to give it a full-bodied taste.
A seasonal starter is a great way to set the tone for your dinner party. Consider creating a rustic cheese board to give your guests something to snack on while you finish the preparations. Warm cheeses like brie and goat cheese can be combined with a variety of toppings such as cranberries, apricots and cashews. Pair the platter with some fresh whole grain bread, and you have the perfect fall appetiser. Need inspiration? There are plenty of great ideas on Pinterest to fuel your creativity.
Fall is all about comfort food. You can’t go wrong with soups and stews. It’s the best time of year to use the slow cooker or make your favorite roast recipe in the oven. Look for recipes that incorporate root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and onions. Whatever you do, don’t forget about dessert - apple or pear crumble for the adults and caramel apples for the kids. We can’t avoid the cold weather, so we may as well make the most of it by celebrating the season.
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About Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald is a Realtor® with The Real Estate Company in Calgary, where she has been living (and loving it!) since she was 10. Kelly offers her clients a unique mix of youthful vigor, creativity and technical and design savvy on one hand, and professionalism and transactional expertise from her business degree and strong administrative background on the other. Kelly is also a devoted wife and mother of two, with whom she finds time from her busy schedule to play scrabble and walk by the beautiful lake of their home in Southeast Calgary.