Fall Party Idea: Cozy Grilled Cheese Picnic

Entertaining pro Abby Larson takes the ooey-gooey goodness of grilled cheese outdoors for a fall-friendly picnic. Get her tips and recipes for celebrating our favorite cozy comfort food.

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Visual Party Menus

Visual party menus ahead! When it comes to throwing a party, we're just here for the food. Get photos of our favorite styled party menus, plus recipes, party tips, and serving ideas. No matter the occasion, we've got party-ready food spreads!

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Gorgeous Spiced Citrus Cocktail

Two-layer cranberry-flavor cocktails ring in the season. Add gumdrop swizzle sticks for the ultimate party drink.

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Our Latest Party Recipes

The latest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens are all about in-season fall flavors. Change the way you think about beans with five inventive new recipes. Take on the classic Caesar salad with our creative kale version (no raw eggs here!). Plus, get weeknight-ready dinners and new ideas for cauliflower.

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Fireside Cocktail Party

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Throw a Fancy Dinner Party

Good food, good drinks, good company -- key elements for a great dinner party. Our foolproof plan for throwing an elegant dinner party includes tips for pairing wine, setting the table, and preparing a menu so you can be the host(ess) with the mostest.

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Easy & Inexpensive Fabric Napkin Rings

Basic napkins become conversation-worthy when you wrap them with homemade napkin rings. You'll just need fabric scraps, wooden beads, and a bobby pin.

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Apple-Theme Fall Party

Celebrate the changing leaves and crisp days of fall with our easy-as-pie party theme: apples! With easy party ideas, like a trip to the orchard and an apple-inspired menu, all you need to do is relax and enjoy fall's goodness.


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    • Party Food: Apple Pie Pops

      Everyone loves apple pie, so why not give each guest their own? Our pie pops are as delicious as they are cute, especially in fall-perfect maple leaf shapes.

    • Party Food: Feta Crostini with Tomato, Bacon, and Apple Jam

      Complete with a sweet apple jam, salty feta, and crispy bacon, these crispy crostinis are prime party-starters.

    • Party Food: Pork Sandwich with Tarragon-Apple Slaw

      Juicy fried pork gets a fall-inspired twist with the help of tarragon-tossed apple slaw. These crispy, fried sandwiches make the perfect main dish for your orchard party.

    • Party Food: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

      Add another fall flavor into the mix with our nutty butternut squash macaroni and cheese recipe. The favorite fall vegetable ups the creamy factor and adds vitamins to this fall comfort food. Serve small scoops as a side, or offer the casserole as a main dish option.

    • Party Drinks: Cider Bar

      Set a table with a mix of hard ciders and a tray of glasses so guests can help themselves. For the kids, we recommend warm apple cider and lemonade.

    • Party Activity: Make Caramel Apples

      Our favorite thing about fall? Caramel apples! In just a few steps, you and your guests can be snacking on the season’s favorite treat, or you can make a batch before the party to send home as party favors.

    • Party Activity: Trip to the Orchard

      Invite friends for a trip to the apple orchard followed by drinks and dinner at your home. Most orchards offer extended hours during picking season, which lasts through October.

    • Party Activity: Apple Sack Races

      Plan some fun for kids (and adults) with simple sack races. You can find plain potato sacks at online crafts stores and decorate them with felt. We stitched oversize apples to the bags for party-theme fun.

    • Party Decor: Tablecloth Weights

      Weigh down your tablecloth with sweet and easy apple decorations. Cut two pieces of twine, each about 20 inches longer than the sides of your table. Pierce through each apple with an awl, and tie them on the ends of the twine. The extra length allows the apples to hang over the table's edges.

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      Party Decor: Easy Utensil Jars

      DIY utensil jars make your party that much easier to organize, and trust us, they’re so easy. Attach circles of cork to glasses with double-stick tape. Then pin a printed or drawn label to the cork to indicate what flatware goes where.

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      Party Decor: Fall Bouquet

      Arrange a showstopping fall bouquet with sumptuous red dahlias and fresh apples. Poke awls or twigs into the apples and place them among the flowers.

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      Party Favor: Apple Totes

      Use red brads, photo corners, and stamped pages to make orchard-ready apple totes for guests to keep. You also could decorate the bags with greeting cards or photos.

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      DIY Drink Stations (Cheers!)

      Our favorite party trend? Creative DIY drink stations that let party-goers play mixologist. We're sharing our favorite beverage stations, including an infused vodka station, a mojito station, and more. Once you set out the listed supplies, you're all ready to party!
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