Hosting an easy Harvest Party with simple fall dishes
So, now that I’ve established my love for the Autumn season, let’s talk more about parties! In the previous post, I went over crafts to help keep the kids entertained, while keeping costs low, & fall feelings high! I’m going back to Pinterest because I have the most fantastic pins that link out to some pretty crafty and genius kinda folks!
Let me start by saying this…Crock-Pots. For parties, they need to be your best friend. And this is a perfect time of year for cooking with them. If you let them, they’ll be happy to do ALL the work for you. How can you enjoy the party if you’re stuck tending to the food? You can’t! So get on the phone, borrow some crock-pots and relax!
Up first, Drinks-I’m putting to use all the “bar” ideas that I’ve pinned. This invites your guests to fix their drinks exactly how they want, on their own, without tying you up.
- Hot Chocolate-This can be made the night before, just don’t forget to take it out early enough top let the chill come off, give a stir, and pop it in your crock-pot base. Keep on warm.
- Create a bar complete with crushed peppermints, mini marshmallows, chocolate shavings, I’ve even used Andes mints.
- Hot Apple Cider-You can get a few gallons of apple cider and keep them warm in the crock-pot, or go one step further by making mulled apple cider. This is super simple, half the work is done (by using pre-made cider), and has quite a wow factor. Check out my Harvest Party Board on Pinterest for an easy recipe.
- Create a bar with cinnamon sticks, whipped cream, caramel sauce, and apple slices.
- Coffee Bar-well DUH! I feel like this one is a no brainer. But this coffee is really about kicking it up to the next level.
- First let me say I found some cute pumpkin S&P shakers at, (everyone, say it with me) the Dollar Store! I’m filling those with powdered sugar, and cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice). Create a fabulous coffee bar with all your favorite toppings like, whipped cream, flavored creamers, simple syrup, chocolate sauce, the list could go on, and on. Just go nuts folks! Whatever you like…
- Chili & Potato Bar-First, starting out with a great chili recipe is key! Check out this one from my friends over at Simply Made Recipes (Crock-Pot Turkey Chili). I really love that it’s a super simple recipe, and that’s kinda the entire theme of this party! OK, so here’s why I love this idea, it’s filling! After a hearty bowl of chili, possibly served in a loaded potato (oh my, this could be dangerous), I’m not sure there’s much more you need to serve. Unless it’s a thick, buttered slice of homemade cornbread (again, a recipe from Simply Made Recipes). Put a fork in me, I’m done after one bowl!
- Create a bar loaded with sour cream, chives, chopped onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and-dare I day-chopped bacon! Oh, and gotta have the hot sauce.
- Meatballs-This is the simplest of all.
- serve with cheese, rolls, and horseradish
Fill in the drink gaps with bottles of water and juice boxes for the kids. As for the food, I ALWAYS fill in the gaps with soft pretzels. The kids love them, they’re filling, and a cheap alternative to all the chips and dips. Bigger bang for your buck!
OK, so there it is. It may not seem like a lot of options; however, this menu is so simple, that the variety is in the bars. With so many options, you’re guests will feel like the assortments are vast. Trust me, I’ve gone all out in the past, and this is definitely the way to go. Little effort, BIG impact.