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.
Makes: 10 servings
Yield: 10 pops
Prep: 40 mins
Bake: 15 mins 375°F
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.
Makes: 30 servings
Yield: 30 crostini
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 17 mins
Stand: 5 mins
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.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 6 mins
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.
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Bake: 14 mins to 15 mins 425°F
Cook: 40 mins to 47 mins
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.
Makes: 15 servings
Yield: 11-1/2 cups
Start to Finish: 5 mins
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.
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.
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.
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.