Are you wondering what food to make for an upcoming get-together? Here are a few awesome fall outdoor dinner party ideas.
The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisp, and pumpkin spice everything is back in stores. That can only mean one thing—it’s time to start planning your fall dinner party menu! Whether you’re hosting a small gathering of close friends or a large family reunion, these recipes are sure to please everyone. And bonus—they’re all relatively easy to make, so you won’t be stuck in the kitchen all night.
Fall Outdoor Dinner Party Ideas
1. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
This soup is the perfect way to welcome your guests on a chilly fall evening. It’s warm and comforting, but still light enough that you’ll have room for the main course. Plus, it’s packed with nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. To make things even easier, you can roast the squash ahead of time and then just reheat it before serving.
2. Pan Fried Fish with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
This dish is healthy and flavorful. Teaming with sweet potatoes is a great way to make fish fit for fall. Once you know how to make pan fried fish, all it takes is the right reasoning and accompaniments. Mash or puree the potatoes and team with roasted Brussel sprouts for a gorgeous finish.
3. Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese is always a crowd-pleaser, but this version takes things up a notch with the addition of sweet apples and rich brie cheese. Serve it with a simple salad or some roasted vegetables for a complete meal.
4. Autumn Salad with Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette
No dinner party is complete without a refreshing salad, and this autumn salad is the perfect side dish for your main course. It features seasonal ingredients like kale, roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, and pomegranate seeds. The maple-balsamic vinaigrette ties everything together for a truly delicious salad that your guests will love.
5. Pumpkin Spice Cake
What would fall be without pumpkin spice lattes? This cake combines everyone’s favorite fall drink with a delicious dessert that’s sure to impress your guests. It’s not too sweet, so it pairs well with coffee or tea. You can even make it ahead of time and just reheat it before serving.
6. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Loin
This recipe is perfect for busy hosts who don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen prepping food. Just throw everything in the slow cooker in the morning and let it do its thing while you take care of other party preparations. When it’s time to eat, you’ll have a tender and flavorful pork loin that practically melts in your mouth. Serve it with some mashed potatoes or rice and steamed vegetables for a complete meal.
7. Maple Pecan Pie Bars
These bars are like pecan pie without all the hassle of making an actual pie crust. They’re perfect for parties because they can be made ahead of time and easily transported. Plus, they’re always a hit with both kids and adults alike. If you want to get really fancy, you can drizzle them with some extra maple syrup before serving.
8. Don’t Forget the Refreshments!
What’s a dinner party without all of the refreshments, right? Even when it comes to a beautiful outdoor autumn-themed dinner party, you’re still going to have an array of options. From a marvelous cocktail like a Southside drink to warm apple cider, there are plenty of options you can take your choice of! Usually warmer drinks with spices are perfect for Autumn, but in the end, it’s really about what you like and what you think your guests will like.
Fall Outdoor Dinner Party Ideas video
A group of friends and I hosted an outdoor dinner party during the fall. Here is how we decorated and set up the tablescape.
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