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Friends! Boy do I have a treat for you today. I’m sharing a Fall Favorites Harvest party and everything in it is so approachable and easy to recreate at your own home.
From our Apple Pecan Harvest Crumble Cake (like dump cake) to our Harvest Apple Cider and even our decor, you can do most of these things in less than 20 minutes (other than baking time).
I love Fall. It is a beautiful season filled with amazing scents, flavors, colors and just generally feels cozy. Creating a fall themed party was such a joy.
Read on for all of the party details, five tips for throwing your own harvest party and some great recipes.
When I plan a party, I usually start my planning around a main table. In this case, I chose to have our beverage, dessert and soup on the same table. While I kept the food simple, it is flavorful and each food and beverage we offered is full of fall flavors.
To plan an amazing fall favorites harvest party like we did, follow these five tips.
1. Choose a color palette. For this, I chose a mostly neutral color palette which was so easy to work with and we were able to source the entire party from our home. When you are thinking about your colors, be sure to search your home for anything that may work. I used a throw blanket from our family room as a backdrop and another throw blanket from our guest room as a table runner. Everything you see here other than the pumpkins and floral arrangement were things we already owned.
2. Decide on your menu. I knew from the start that I was going to share this easy and delicious Apple Pecan Harvest Crumble made with Mott’s® Apple Sauce Original and other really easy to use ingredients. I’ve been making dump cakes often lately and knew I could come up with something really unique and delicious. I loved making them in individual sized ramekins, but you can also bake them in larger baking dishes. Glass works great. I loved adding M&M’s® Pecan Pie (p.s. Here is a coupon for you!) to the top. It just brought all of the flavors together and made it look fun.
Pumpkin soup with pecans was an obvious and easy choice for a light lunch dish and A semi-homemade apple cider made with Mott’s® apple juice and Snapple® was the perfect accompaniment with this menu. I kept it simple yet lovely.
3. Gather your decor and objects. You don’t always need a backdrop, but adding texture and interest is so much fun. Gather everything in the room you are hosting in. I usually place it all on our buffet. Then I can easily see what my options are when it comes time to set the table. Find blankets, table linens, napkins, platters, cake stands, mugs, cups, objects, florals, pumpkins and anything you may want to use. You will be surprised at how well things come together.
4. Set your table. I always start with texture on the bottom and add height with boxes, cake stands, crates or other objects. Here we chose to place a box under the blanket to add height for the desserts. I added a cake stand behind that for the Autumn sign. I layered in tons of texture. I used a faux sheepskin from Ezra’s room on the bench, branches we owned on the table and a jute runner under the blanket on the table. Place all of your objects on or near the table and start experimenting. Be sure to place your platters and food dishes on the final table. I like to see it all together before bringing out the food which is typically more of a last-minute job.
5. Add the food and beverages. This is my favorite part of setting up for any entertaining event at our home. It usually just feels really put together even when I haven’t thought about it as much as I think I should have. With your platters and dishes in place, it’s easy to bring everything out and let your guests know it’s time to enjoy!
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Harvest party recipes
Apple Pecan Harvest Crumble (also known as dump cake)
- Mott’s® Apple Sauce Original 48oz
- 2 T cinnamon
- 1 can apple pie filling
- 1 box Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Yellow Cake Mix
- chopped pecans
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- M&M’s® Pecan Pie
1. Pour or spoon apple sauce into individual ramekins. Use about 3 T per ramekin. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to each.
2. Add one large spoon of apple pie filling to each ramekin.
3. Pour cake mix until you have a medium layer covering all of the applesauce apple pie mixture.
4. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of the cake mix.
5. Add pads of butter until most of the cake is covered.
6. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Depending on the size of your ramekin, your cakes may be done sooner or need more baking time. The top should be golden brown and crusty.
7. Add M&M’s® Pecan Pie to the top for decoration and added flavor.
Harvest Apple Cider
- 3 cups Mott’s® Apple Juice
- 1 cup Snapple® Apple Single
- 1 T Cinnamon
- 1 T Minced Ginger (fresh or jar)
1. Blend for 20 seconds on high.
2. Serve cold or warm up in a saucepan on low heat until you reach the desired temperature.
I grabbed all of the ingredients at our local Walmart.