Fall Party Idea: Cozy Grilled Cheese Picnic

Fresh Gatherings
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.

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!

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.

DIY: Vintage Spice Tin Candles

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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