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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    The Scene: Casual Fall Spread

    Give in to fall comfort food cravings while enjoying the season's finest color -- red. Cozy up with melty grilled cheese, a warming whiskey cocktail, and plaid blankets. Fall is the perfect time to host an outdoor picnic party!

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    DIY: Wooden Tags

    Rustic wooden tags give place settings a casual, cabinlike feel. Use twine to tie them onto soup mugs or around spoons and napkins.

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    DIY: Vintage Spice Tin Candles

    Vintage spice tin centerpieces give this party a unique homespun feel. Give the homemade candles as parting gifts.

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    Signature Drink: Grand Autumn Cocktail

    A few drops of Angostura bitters gives this cocktail a fall-inspired color scheme. It's easy to make: Shake rye whiskey, St. Germain, and lime juice. Strain and top with ginger beer and bitters.

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    The Menu: Glorious Grilled Cheese

    The key to a perfect grilled cheese? Grill the sandwich over low heat -- either directly on the grate or indirectly in a cast-iron skillet. If the bread is browning too fast, move the sandwiches to the top rack.

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    Menu: Classic Tomato Soup

    It wouldn't be grilled cheese without tomato soup. We've added a triple dose of tomato (whole, dried, and paste) for big flavor. Finish each bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprig of basil.

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    Color Scheme: Tomato Reds

    Taking cues from classic tomato soup, red serves as the party color scheme. A low monochromatic arrangement is simple yet bold.

    Styling Tip: Weave fresh red apples into the arrangement for a pop of seasonality.

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    The Scene: Cozy Outdoor Seating

    Keep fall chills at bay with plenty of cozy plaid blankets. Stack them up and let guests grab them throughout the party as needed.

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    The Hostess

    Abby Larson is the Boston-based founder of Style Me Pretty Living and a mom who loves classic comfort foods.

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