In the Fall, the light summer salads and outdoor BBQs give way to warm comfort foods that fill your home with delicious aromas and feed your body and soul. That may seem like a tall order, but there’s nothing like a warm home cooked meal that brings together family and friends and what’s better for the soul than that?!
Speaking of bringing family and friends together, here are a few tips for hosting a Dinner Party in the fall:
When planning the menu think about what produce is in season. So many delicious root vegetables, squashes and fruits are wonderful to cook with.
Plan to serve some items that can be made ahead of time and utilize various methods of cooking such as crock pot, oven, stove top.
Use fall foliage as centerpieces for the table.
Set a simple place setting. Avoid busy patterns on the dinnerware and keep it to a 3 piece set of silverware.
Have background music playing that will help set the atmosphere.
Lighting can also help add to the atmosphere too.
Don’t hesitate to allow guests to bring dishes if they offer.
Each category below contains appetizers, sides, main dishes, salads and desserts that are perfect during the autumn months. Be sure to check out the individual posts for tips and tricks that will help you make the perfect dish.
BEST Fall Recipes
Come Fall, all your favorite comfort foods make their annual appearance. You’ll be able to find everything from appetizers to desserts, deliciously healthy, easy to make and everything in between. I know you’ll be able to find recipes that will fit a warm family gathering or a quiet cozy evening home. Start making you menu with some of these appetizing recipes:
Sour Cream Cornbread Recipe
This Sour Cream Cornbread Recipe is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite bowl of chili. It's creamy, tender and oh so delicious.
Everyone loves this Waldorf salad that is filled with grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, cheese and chicken. Toss it in a homemade poppyseed dressing and this salad is perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies - A rich and cakey red velvet brownie base, topped by an amazing creamy cheesecake layer, then more brownie batter swirled into the cheesecake. These will definitely be your new favorite dessert!
This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.
Learn how to perfectly cook spaghetti squash every time with this fabulous recipe! Tender strands of spaghetti squash mixed with cheese, tomatoes, and a little bit of basil, both healthy and delicious!
Just because you’re making a warm meal doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of time slaving away over the stove. Baking casseroles and utilizing your crock pots are two ways to simplify your meal. We’ve included a few recipe from both categories as well as other quick and easy dishes for you to make:
Crockpot Meatball Recipe
These crockpot meatballs are full of so much flavor, and perfect for parties. Best of all, they only require 5 minutes of prep work!
This cold tortellini salad is the ultimate side dish for bbq and potlucks! With tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, olives, and parmesan tossed in Italian dressing, this Tortellini Spinach Salad is packed with all the best flavors!