Autumn is finally here—hooray!—and we don’t know about you, but with the weather finally cooling off, we’re feeling inspired to heat up the kitchen, cook a bunch of dishes, and throw a magical fall dinner party. It’s our favorite season, after all. Why not share it with a few friends and family around a beautifully set table?
But with so many recipes, fall dinner party menu ideas, and fall craft projects floating around out there, it can be hard to know where to even begin. We’re here to squash (!) your dinner party fears once and for all with a ton of fall recipes, fall decorating ideas, and delicious, autumn treats that your guests will be talking about long after the party’s over. Whether you’re in the mood for an upgraded meat and potatoes (how does a strip steak with lemon mashed potatoes sound?) or something a little more challenging (say, a from-scratch pasta that’ll delight all your friends), there’s likely something for you on our list of ideas.
Of course, food’s just the tip of the iceberg here. We’ve also got ideas for adorable, woodsy DIY place cards, apple tea lights, and delicious caramel apple favors that’ll round out the evening nicely, while cozy decor touches will keep your home warm and your company smiling. So send out your invites, round up a few friends, and don’t forget to light up your fireplace while you’re at it.