This isn't meant to be a big complicated bash--there will be puh-lenty of time for that later on in the season--this one is all about spending time with some of your favorite people in the comfort of your home (no matter how tiny it might be!).
A few friends, great food, and delicious cocktails served casually around the coffee table--what a great way to spend an evening!
Smirnoff to bring you a series of posts on entertaining, simplified.
I'm going to be sharing monthly posts filled with creative entertaining ideas, recipes, and advice to help you get through the busy party season without the hassle. My goal is inspire you to create amazing moments for your friends and loved ones, because we all know that it's those times together that make the best memories.
My Fall Harvest Party is the perfect example of this. Simple enough to host on a weekday evening after work, but with enough special touches to make it seem a little bit more festive than your average dinner or happy hour.
Read below for tips and ideas on how to host your own Fall Harvest Party:
I suggest choosing something super simple, but with a special little touch that will instantly help your friends shrug off the cares of the day and relax into celebration mode.
Pear & Pomegranate Spritzer made with fragrant Smirnoff Pear vodka (one of my favorites from the Smirnoff flavored vodka line), seltzer, simple syrup, and a sprinkle of chilled fresh pomegranate arils.
Click here for the cocktail recipe.
spiked hot apple cider.
For this party, I prepared a batch of Hot Apple Pie Cider using local apple cider, whole spices, and Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka. The sweet vanilla tones in the flavored vodka worked beautifully with the cinnamon and apples to create a warm and cozy adult beverage reminiscent of a classic apple pie.
Click here for the recipe.
APPETIZERS & MAINS
A sprinkle of pomegranate seeds on top just before serving adds a stunning seasonal touch that works nicely with the sweet squash and spicy chorizo, and pairs nicely with the pear cocktails.
ENCOURAGE CONVERSATION (WITH CHEESE!)
The sweet and savory flavors work beautifully with the cocktails, and will give your guests something to snack on while the conversation flows.
(Tip: This is a great time to dig through your cabinets and refrigerator to pull out those long-forgotten gourmet jams and fancy souvenir mustard your boss gave you for Christmas last year!)
Oh and don't worry about labels or having a special knife for each cheese; just pile on the yummy things and let your friends enjoy!
In keeping with the casual spirit of the evening, I offered up a pile of sugar-dusted Baked Apple Cider Donuts. No forks or plates required!
I bought a bunch of them, and painted them with a mix of Mod Podge and glitter in shades of plum, bronze, and gold, and then piled them on a small platter to use as a centerpiece.
Even better? These pumpkins will keep for weeks, so I can reuse them throughout the holiday season.
When looking down at them from above, they looked like leaves on the ground!
And click over to my Pinterest board for more Fall Entertaining Inspiration.
Note: This post is sponsored by Smirnoff. Thank you for supporting great companies like Smirnoff that make it possible for me to keep creating fun new content for you to enjoy. All photos, opinions, and recipes are (of course!) my own.