What We’re Loving: Fall Dinner Party Ideas

by Ariela Rose on November 9, 2012

in All Recipes, Chicken, Desserts, Main Courses

Fall. The perfect time to retreat to the kitchen, create hearty recipes, eat while wrapped in a warm sweater, and sink into a cinnamon-spiced food coma. All the better to share this new weather routine with good friends. So why not host a fall dinner party?

Think of this week’s “What We’re Loving” post as an inspiration board of sorts. Mix and match these lovely fall recipes and dinner party musings to create your perfect evening.

Warm up your oven, it’s time to gather.

What is it about pumpkin in the fall? It is truly the season’s star vegetable. This Pumpkin and Rice Soup  takes pumpkin on a savory ride. Just imagine welcoming your guests into your home without a sound, just the luscious scent of ginger, chile, and rosemary butter… they may never leave. {from 101cookbooks}

Oh kale, be still my heart. As Sarah of My New Roots suggests, gather the ingredients for  Roasted Kale and Beets with Honey Horseradish Vinaigrette as close to your dinner party day as possible so that they are just-plucked fresh. Let them reveal the reason fall produce should be celebrated with a party. This simple creation will save you time in the kitchen, but certainly not skimp with its warming roasted taste and colorful eye appeal. {from My New Roots}

A hearty  Vegan Shepherds Pie  that makes me nostalgic for the snow days of my childhood. Nose red and runny from a day spent sledding, my soaked snowsuit dripping my the door, and a meal that releases a face and soul-warming steam as you cut through the top layer…vegan or not, this dish will bring you back to simpler days. Plus, you don’t have to worry about going to school the next day. {from Choosing Raw}

This recipe for Whole Roasted Chicken with Lemons and Thyme is so versatile that you could serve it every week, and your friends would keep clamoring at the door for more. Plus, it’s only one piece of a Fall Sunday Supper created by the blog’s author, Laura. {from Fork Knife Swoon}

Yes, dinner parties are about sharing, but really, everyone wants to keep dessert to themselves. These handheld Warm Apple Pie Pots take the complicated out of preparing a whole pie, and each guest gets their own personal pot o’ fall. Plus, things just seem to taste better when eaten out of a jar. {from Roost}

Oh my. This  Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate literally has everything you could ever ask for in a cool-weather-cocktail. Chocolate, pumpkin, singing spice, whipped cream, caramel syrup, and a boozy kick you can adapt to your guests’ tastes. All the prescribed ingredients for happiness…no? {from Minimalist Baker}

All photos taken by and appear with permission from Heidi, Sarah, Gena, Laura, Caitlin, John and Dana.  

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