Monday, September 10, 2018

Autumn Entertaining by Shanna Hatfield

Autumn is such a wonderful time to gather friends and family together for a simple celebration. 
Send out invitations shaped like fall leaves or use stationery with a pumpkin or apple theme.
Bring the colors of the season into your home using shades of crimson red, burgundy, sage and earthy greens, golden yellow, and deep orange. Use accent pillows or throws to really create that warm and cozy atmosphere we associate with fall.
(Side note: you can easily recover a pillow using a swatch of felt since the edges won’t fray. Cut a piece big enough to cover the entire pillow and glue the edges or simply connect the edges by stitching with a piece of thin ribbon.)
Decorations for your party can be something as basic as a few potted mums, bundles of wheat tied with raffia bows or a pile of mini pumpkins and squash. You don’t have to get carried away with something fancy.
Your meal can be simple as well. Make a big pot of stew or a filling casserole. Finish the meal with a pumpkin flavored dessert.
If you want the party to be a more hands-on experience, do a fun activity before the meal like apple picking or visiting a pumpkin patch.
Or host an autumn bonfire. Serve up hot dogs, potato wedges and mulled cider.
However you decide to entertain this fall, just remember to enjoy the experience and not get too wrapped up in the details.

What's your favorite way to celebrate autumn?

After spending her formative years on a farm in eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky heroes.
When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
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  1. Watching grandkids play field hockey.. then home for a big pot of. Chili!

  2. Thanks for so many great tips, Shanna. Fall is my favorite time of year!

  3. Great tips, Shanna. I am so ready to dive into fall. I'll definitely try a few of these.

  4. An autumn party sounds like fun. The cooler weather definitely makes it easier to gather together and enjoy the season.

  5. I love to take drive through the back roads and looking at all the beautiful colors. Maybe stop and have a picnic. Listen to the breeze blowing through the trees. Peaceful and serene. A little stream would be nice. Have some friends come along and share in beauty of Gods creation.