Tara Berger is the Creative Director and Owner of One Stylish Party, a creative studio and online party boutique featuring designs and inspiration for entertaining in style.
I recently hosted a fall harvest dinner party for a group of my closest girlfriends. With the holidays just around the corner, I like to make a point to host an annual party this time of year to spend time with friends before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season officially kicks off. Today I wanted to share how to recreate each of these items for your own fall gatherings this season!
I love putting together a charcuterie board for the parties I host because it can be assembled in advance, leaving more time for mingling with guests once they arrive. Charcuterie boards are also less formal than a sit-down meal and will feed a crowd as long as you plan appropriately.
This cheese board was made to feed 6-8 guests and was served at a party that started at 7 pm, so most people had already eaten dinner before arriving. I shopped all of the items for this charcuterie board at my local Heinen’s Grocery Store, which has a great selection of artisan cheeses, seasonal produce, fresh bread and gourmet crackers. See below for my shopping list and tips on how to create your own fall charcuterie board.
Festive Cheese Board
- Aged white cheddar
- Smoked swiss
- Goat cheese topped with fig jam
- Carmelized pecans
- Marcona almonds
- Cheese twists
- Rice crackers
- Rosemary raisin pecan crackers
- Champagne grapes
- Green grapes
- Dried apricots
- Fresh figs
- Thin sliced salami
- Thick cut salami
- Chamomile flowers
Start by placing the large cheeses and dishes on a 16” round board. Begin filling the holes with different types of fruit, meat and crackers. I like to make sure the colors are balanced on the board, so for instance, if I put red grapes on one side, I would try to find a place for blackberries on the opposite side. Then, use nuts or other small edible items to cover any remaining open areas on the board. Finish by adding garnish, such as rosemary, chamomile flowers and other fresh herbs to the board.
Apple Cider Moscow Mule
A signature cocktail is a festive way to kick off a party and is a great opportunity to tie in the party theme. For my Fall Harvest Dinner Party, I decided to serve an Apple Cider Mule, which is a refreshing, seasonal fall cocktail that can be served in cute copper mugs. I made a large batch ahead of time that I placed in a pitcher so I could easily serve and re-fill throughout the party. See below for my Apple Cider Mule recipe.
- 2 oz vodka
- 2 oz ginger beer
- 3 oz apple cider
- Cinnamon stick and apple slice for garnish
Pour vodka, ginger beer and apple cider in a copper mug and stir. Add ice and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.