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fall forward how
to host a fall dinner party
by Yee-Fan Sun | 1 2 3
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just stop with the food when it comes to embracing the autumn theme:
serve up a special libation for the evening as well, with fall flavors
inspiration. Mix up a batch of apple
martinis or cran-tastic cosmos for
an evening of swanky sipping. Alternatively, darker liquors in rich golden
hues warm the soul and leave a toasty glow in your throat. Serve up whisky-based
classics like Manhattans or old-fashioneds.
Up the cozy factor even more with a hot cocktail -- a hot toddy or
buttered rum makes a fab accompaniment
to a crisp autumn night.
For those who prefer
their beverages sans alcohol, no problem: just get your hands on
some good fresh cider. Serve it cold and straight-up simple, or make
a hot spiced cider. Either way, itís a divinely delicious drink that
just smacks of fall.
No, Iím not going to tell you how to craft your own fall wreaths from branches
you picked yourself, or suggest any of those other oh-so-charming and ridiculously
time-consuming crafts that womenís magazines like to feature this time of year.
Personally, I donít have time for elaborate handmade décor to go with
every dinner party, and when it comes time to have folks over, Iíd rather spend
my time and energy on the food and drink anyway. Still, a few simple aesthetic
touches can go a long way towards making your party seem like something a little
nicer than just an ordinary meal chez vous.
When youíre out
shopping for ingredients, keep an eye out for seasonal produce that
might make for a nice table topper. Autumn is gourd season, and at
any decent market, youíre likely to find a plethora of beautiful
gourds that are redolent of fall goodness. The lumpy-bumpy extravagantly
colored ornamental ones are very nice; if youíd rather have something
functional, though, winter squashes like acorn and butternut are
both lovely to look at, and can be turned into a tasty meal later
on down the line to boot. Me, Iím a complete and total sucker for
mini pumpkins, which are oh-so-adorable and totally inexpensive too.
Meanwhile, apples and pears in glorious green-red-gold hues are another
option. Fill glass bowls or vases with plump apples or pears, stack
a pile of pretty mini pumpkins or a few funky gourds on a plate and
voila, a no-fuss centerpiece for your dinner or coffee table. Add
a few strategically placed candles and youíll have autumn ambience
galore -- the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous fall evening spent
with good food, good drink, and good friends.
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