Now that fall is here, it’s a great time to add a few seasonal décor touches to your home to welcome the season. I don’t like going overboard when decorating my home for seasons or holidays, but I do welcome the chance to add a few new elements that speak to the time of year. Here are four ways you can easily spruce up your space.
1. Decorate a chalkboard sign with a seasonal message. Don’t have a chalkboard? No problem! Pick up a small can of chalkboard paint at your local craft or home improvement store and transform any surface into a chalkboard, like I did here.
2. Dress up your fireplace mantle with pumpkins and orange candles for a warm autumn look.
3. Add fall flowers to your container garden or potted patio plants. Adding yellow, red, and orange hues to your potted plants is a nice way to tie in the season.
4. Set your dining room table with a table runner and placemats that have a touch of the fall season. Try a warmer color or a fall pattern.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I get giddy just thinking about setting a dreamy table and playing hostess to my nearest and dearest friends and family. However, once the meal has been enjoyed and the company has cleared, it always seems the next day I am exhausted! The idea for this party came to me in that spirit of having conquered the holiday but still longing for more of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving — pie, wine, and great company.
This post-Thanksgiving gathering is very mellow yet still inviting. Have your closest friends bring over their leftover holiday pies (seriously, already sliced and all) and a bottle of wine. Set up a pie bar, set a causal table and nestle in for the afternoon.
There is something so gorgeous about a dessert in glass. A tasty liquid form of a traditional sweet treat. It’s an elegant way to have your dessert, isn’t it? This pumpkin pie martini looks as good as it tastes. Actually, I’m lying — it tastes waaaaay better.
I love that you can pre-make this recipe the night before you entertain (I made and stored it in my mason jar cocktail shaker in the fridge). When it’s time to serve, simply shake it up and decide between full sized martini glasses or, my personal favorite, these mini martini glasses.
Serve these to your best friends and make them happy.
Hostess Tip: You could serve these during cocktail hour, or as a dessert course.
Whenever, however you serve these… there will be smiles all around.
Pumpkin Pie Martini
2 ounces whipped cream vodka
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons simple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 dash ground cinnamon
1 dash ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon heavy cream, more if you would like it thinner
Cinnamon stick for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Strain into shot or standard martini glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
It happened. I had leftover pumpkins from Halloween and decided I would make soup out of them. I’m not sure why I was intimidated, it was super easy — yay for firsts!
What I loved about this soup is that it had a great texture to it. I could taste the veggies and they still had some bite. I like my soup with some bit and pieces of love still in it.
This soup would make an amazing course at your Thanksgiving dinner. You could even make it up early in the week and it will be fine in the fridge until Thanksgiving. Double “yay” for getting things done ahead!
This time of year is great for testing new recipes. And with Thanksgiving being next week, you will likely have hungry guinea pigs to test your new creations on. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dishes has to be the herbs. Herb-a-licous flavors make me happy.
I recently made these soup dipper pastry squares that are full of those herb flavors I love. They were so simple to make using only Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, olive oil and herbs!