Let’s celebrate fall with a fun dinner party and the guest of honor? The humble pumpkin of course!
We say “humble” because for all we’ve done to it… carved it, roasted it, or spiced it the pumpkin remains a staple every fall season that keeps coming back. So, in honor of this supple fruit we throw a themed dinner party. Go ahead and pick out your outfit, we take care of all the courses!
- Setting the Table
We know when we used the word, party, you were already thinking about what you wanted to wear but don’t forget to dress up the dining room table too! Country Living has some beautiful and simple DIY centerpiece ideas that should get your creative juices flowing. Number five is one of our favorites! If you go as far as adding festive dishware to your party theme, these functional yet adorable ceramic pumpkin cocotte’s by Staub had us swooning! Pick them up at Williams Sonoma.
- For Starters...
Let’s kick off our soiree with appetizers and an aperitif. The Pumpkin Pie Martini will add just the right warmth,and color, and a little je-ne-sais-quoi to the party as guests peruse the appetizer selections.
For appetizers, it is fall after all so we’re not thinking crudité here. A few delightfully sinful appetizers will give you a nice toasty feeling to the evening and if you eat too many, don’t worry it also happens to be sweater (and robe) season!
For starters, we love Amy Locurto’s Pumpkin, Bacon & Goat Cheese Appetizers drizzled with honey. If you love goat cheese and bacon, then this sweet and salty combination will have you hiding extras under your napkin. Another winner includes a rich rugelach bursting with flavors of walnut, sage and pumpkin in a cheese dough. Try this Pumpkin Rugelach recipe and see if you can keep from eating them all before the guests arrive. Good luck with that one! Of course healthy appetizers can still be exciting: how about vegetables served with a classic hummus recipe made exotic with a twist of pumpkin!
- Main dish
Time to pull up to the table for the main course! The fall season has us thinking of warm kitchens and pots of stew so for our main course we choose this Slow-Braised Beef and Pumpkin Stew, by Chef Will Leroux. Simple to make and elegant to serve this amazing dish will have your guests licking the bowls! Better still, serve the stew in these Super Easy No-Knead Pumpkin Bread Bowls, (fewer dishes at the end of the evening), or serve the bread on the side for yummy dipping. Stop it, we’re fainting!
- Dessert and Digestif
Even if the guests are stuffed you must always offer dessert! Our mouths are watering for this Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Pecan Hard Sauce. This is a hybrid dessert with a lattice top made of strips of butternut squash making it look like a pie but with the comfort of bread pudding. The bourbon hard sauce is decadent!
For guests who prefer an after dinner drink rather than dessert, serve a boozy version of the pumpkin spiced latte (you know we had to get a “Pumpkin-Spiced” something in there):
- 1 oz of your favorite brand of Pumpkin Rum
- Double shot of expresso or 4 oz. of strong black coffee
- Steamed or warmed milk
Make espresso or coffee and heat or steam your milk. combine with pumpkin rum and dust lightly with cinnamon. Add sugar or sweetener to taste.
Three cheers for the mighty pumpkin! Don’t forget to share your favorite pumpkin recipes with us or a fun pumpkin spice meme.