With fall upon us and the holiday season around the corner, if you're anything like us, you're probably obsessing about all of those annual get-togethers and parties you host. To try to lessen the stress, GalTime asked Lawson Roberts, event producer extraordinaire, to share some of his top Fall Entertaining Ideas.
Cocktail or dinner parties are such a lovely option. Here are some simple, yet chic things you can do to create the proper vibe for your next event.
In home décor: Stay away from the simple pumpkins! More of an interesting table setting route would be to incorporate fun fall-colored candles. Stay away from the scented candles at the dinner table as they could distract your guest’s palate. Rich reds, oranges, purples are all colors that are appropriate to use.
You can also grab a large vase and use what nature has offered you. By this I simply mean: go outside and grab some pine cones, and some lovely colored leaves to create your own design in the vase.
The Perfect Cocktail:
Chillier weather means time for toddies! Bourbon is a huge component this time of year. Welcome your guests at your party with this signature cocktail:
Warm Apple Bourbon Cider
1 gallon(s) (16 cups) fresh apple cider
5 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
2 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
2 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground ginger
3 cup(s) bourbon
Place cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger into a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn stove off and add your bourbon. Pour into a festive colored handled cup and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Fun Fall Hors d’oeurve:
Warm Crab Dip Cups
One 4-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon Lawrys seasoning salt
½ teaspoon garlic salt
½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
8 ounces fresh or canned lump crabmeat, drained
1 oz phyllo cups pre-baked
Place all but the crab in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Fold the crab in last. Place in casserole dish and bake for approximately 40 minutes on 350 degrees. Take out and let cool for about 25 minutes, then take a spoon and gently place a small scoop of crab dip into each warm phyllo cup. Garnish with a small piece of green onion.
Enjoy this most amazing season.