While summer is the time for fun & sun, Autumn is the time to hang out and fully invest in the friendships you have. One of the best ways to create memories and enjoy friendships is by food… ‘cause everyone knows that the way to anyone’s heart is through food. One new dinner party trend that we’re loving is the Autumn farm to table dinner. We’ve entered harvest season and one of the most delicious ways to enjoy is by eating the food that is in season. Host a farm to table dinner for your friends… and don’t worry, we’ve gotten all the details taken care of. See below. :)
With this dinner, you want to cook what is in season! Go to a local farmer’s market or a community garden and buy fresh produce there. Depending on where you live, these fruits and veggies are usually in season during autumn: apples, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chicory, fennel, figs, garlic, grapes, mushrooms, leeks, onions, shallots, pears, parsnip, sweet potatoes, radishes, and squash.
If the weather is night, celebrate the beauty of Fall by hosting an outdoor dinner. Grab long tables or a few picnic tables and connect them for your family style meal. For your centerpiece, find some gold candelabras like this at a thrift store (need help thrifting? Check out our tips here). If they don’t come in gold, use spray paint! Fill the middle of the table with leafy greens and set your dishes along the length of the table. Hang fairy lights from nearby trees, or, if you have a pergola intertwine them where you can.
Put cute menus at each seat and come up with beautiful & delicious names to represent what you are eating. See below for drinks, desserts, and each course.
First course (soups):
Smoky Yellow Split Pea Soup with chickpea, bacon, & pickled red onion
White bean roasted butternut squash soup
Broccoli cheddar mashed potato soup
Cider-braised chicken, brussel sprouts, and apples
Sheet pan sausage and fall vegetables
Roast pork with apple apple-walnut sausage
Butternut squash and sausage lasagna
Roasted sweet potato and fig salad
Roasted garlic brussel sprouts
Roasted broccoli with pecorino and lemon
Pass around dishes
Give your dinner an intimate feel by passing around your dishes, family style. This makes conversation easier & more natural. A meal this style make family into friends, and friends into family!
Music sets the mood, so find a speaker to play music in the background. Tie the night together with a laid back & nostalgic playlist like these pandora fav’s:
Hipster Cocktail Party
French Cooking Music
Want to create a night like this before Autumn ends? Tag a friend and start your preparations now!