5 Quick Steps to Easy Fall Entertaining
Pumpkin patches. Parties. Repeat.
It may not feel like it in most parts of the country, but fall is officially here! And personally, I’m not going to let the weather keep me from enjoying the delicious scents and parties that fall has to offer. And I hope you won’t either! So sit back, relax and watch these super simple videos to find out just how simple it is to be the season’s best host or hostess.
Apple Pie Scent
Let’s start with scents. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh apples and sweet spices? Mix up this simple concoction a few minutes before having guests over for a home that smells truly intoxicating.
3 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes
Next, it’s all about the food. And that means it’s time to talk pumpkin everything. Spiced truffles? Pumpkin pie twists? Or even a pumpkin pie smoothie? There are so many more options than the basic PSL.
DIY Candy Apple Bar
Fall means festivals, and festivals mean candy apples. If you, like me, eagerly await candy apple season each year, this incredibly easy alternative is your year-round solution that also happens to be a major party pleaser.
10 Tailgating Hacks
And since football season is already in full swing, we certainly can’t forget tailgating party options. Lucky for you, we’ve perfected the art of the humble tailgate. Your guests will never want for condiments…or paper towels…or wet wipes. Basically, we’ve got you (and your guests) completely covered.
Cookie Butter Football Dip
I can’t very well send you off to entertain without the ultimate tailgating dessert. This cookie butter football dip can be made into any shape your heart desires, and your guests will think you spent way more time on it than you did. Color me impressed.
Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake
Top moist pumpkin-and-spice cake layers with rich mascarpone cream and crunchy amaretti cookies for a seasonal dessert your Thanksgiving guests won't soon forget. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Mousse and Ginger Parfaits
Cranberry and Pecan Tart
Crunchy pecans meet sweet-yet-tart cranberries in this light-and-flaky tart that beautifully marries the flavors of two Thanksgiving staples: pecan pie and cranberry sauce. Get the recipe.
Mason Jar Pumpkin S'Mores
What would fall be without the oh-so-versatile pumpkin?! This year, trade in your traditional pie for these pumpkiny twists on fall's other favorite: s'mores! Get the recipe.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Tasty Pecan Tassies
These tart-like goodies are the perfect mix of nuts and cookies. Make this traditional holiday treat with real maple syrup; you (and your guests) will love the homey taste. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Tiramisu
Try this twist on traditional pumpkin desserts for your next fall get-together. The addition of espresso and spice make this the perfect end to any holiday gathering. Get the recipe.
Though chocolate fudge is the gold standard for many folks, that's only because they've never sampled the not-too-sweet richness that is pumpkin fudge. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy this old-fashioned recipe with a seasonal twist. Get the recipe.
Easy Apple Cobbler
Less work than traditional pies and with a taste and character all its own, apple cobbler is comfort food best enjoyed on a crisp fall day. Cobbler's all-in-one-pan preparation also makes it an easy way to treat a crowd. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake
This dense, moist cake showcases the fall flavor of pumpkin complemented by seasonal spices and the subtle tang of buttermilk. A sugary glaze adds the just-right sweet finish. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Ice Cream Gingersnap Sandwiches
Just because it's chilly out doesn't mean you can't enjoy ice cream. Bonus: Kids will love helping to assemble (then devour!) these creamy, crunchy treats. Get the recipe.
Southern Pecan Pie Tartlets
A timeless Southern staple, pecan pie has been the star of Thanksgiving dinner for generations. Our twist turns them into mini pies that are just the right size for guests who want to sample a bit of everything on the dessert spread. Get the recipe.
Pear and Fig Tart in a Jar
These rich fruit-and-cream tarts are easy enough for novice foodies to make, thanks to a pie crust shortcut. Individually portioned in lidded jars, guests can enjoy them after the feast or take them home as a tasty favor. Get the recipe.
Carrot Cake Cookies
Dense, moist carrot cake is delicious but it can be a bit too heavy after a big meal. These equally delicious cream cheese icing-topped cookies are just the right size when you only have room left for a few bites of dessert. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Treat your Thanksgiving guests royally by whipping up the same dessert Prince William had as his groom's cake. Although it's fit for a future king, this cake requires no baking and is a snap to make. Get the recipe.
"Take the Day" Pie
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones
The perfect companion to an early morning (or late night) cup of hot tea, coffee or cocoa, these dense, flavorful scones combine two favorite fall flavors: pumpkin and chocolate. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies
Treat your nearest and dearest to these irresistible goodies. Combining the flavors of chocolatey brownies, rich cheesecake and two kinds of chocolate chips, this decadent dessert is sure to become a favorite. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Brownie Pudding
Chocolate. Brownie. Pudding. Even the name sounds delicious! Somewhere between the gooeyness of a brownie and the melt-in-your-mouth decadence of a molten lava cake, this one is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Get the recipe.
Apple Pie in a Jar
Give Thanksgiving guests an extra reason to give thanks by sending them home with their very own handheld treats. This apple pie-in-a-jar recipe is seasonal, simple and the just the right amount for satisfying a holiday sweet tooth. Get the recipe.
Spiked Key Lime Margarita Pie
Start a new holiday tradition with this refreshing meal-ender that pairs a homemade pretzel and graham cracker crust with the flavors of lime, tequila and orange liquer. Get the recipe.