Easy Entertaining Ideas for Fall

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I embrace all things fall. The flavors of my favorite foods, the scent of a cool breeze and the vastly changing color palette. It just feels communal – everyone is outdoors, getting together for various activities and it tends to feel busier than ever, but I love every minute of it.

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All too often, we push off until tomorrow what we’d like to do today with the excuse that we’re too busy. Sometimes we just need to rethink how we do things and grant ourselves a little leniency. Yes, I love to cook and have friends over, but I don’t always have time to plan, shop and prepare a meal. Rather than schedule something months in advance, I prefer to take a fresh approach to entertaining, hosting a few friends, casually. Today I’m sharing some of my easy entertaining ideas, like that it’s okay to order takeout, in fact, that’s how my business started! I prepared food that looked like it was made at home for customers to pick up and serve to their guests. Panera Bread is a great go-to for fresh, seasonal favorites like clean Roasted Turkey, Apple & Cheddar Sandwich and Roasted Turkey Cranberry Flatbread. I ordered online, making it even easier and plated it on classic white dishes.

To make the table feel special, I chose ingredients inspired by the food. This fall floral arrangement takes just 5 minutes to make and lasts for weeks! To create this look, you’ll need:


cheesecloth {found at the grocery store}

bunch of seeded eucalyptus

pillar candles

How to create a fall flower arrangement:

  1. Place your cheesecloth in the center of your table. Inexpensive cheesecloth makes a beautiful tablecloth and sets a soft tone
  2. Determine where you want the center of your flower arrangement. Place a stem of seeded eucalyptus at each end and continue to layer them until you reach the center. diy flowers thanksgiving  diy flowers thanksgiving  diy holiday flowers
  3. Add your largest pillar to the center and stagger them throughout. You can nudge eucalyptus aside if needed. Entertaining expert Julie Blanner Lifestyle Blogger Julie Blanner flower arrangement from grocery store flowers
  4. Add in apples to fill any holes and to add a pop of color. holiday entertaining grocery store flowers How to arrange flowers

It really is that easy!

beautiful fall table setting

Easy entertaining ideas for fall including a 5 minute fall flower arrangement

Roasted turkey raised without antibiotics, Vermont white cheddar, arugula and apple slaw made with fresh apples, Napa cabbage blend and Fuji apple vinaigrette. Served on new whole grain cranberry walnut miche. Need I say more?

Easy entertaining ideas for fall including a 5 minute fall flower arrangement

Roasted turkey with garlic and herb cheese spread, fresh spinach, and zesty cranberry mostarda all served on whole grain flatbread. Fall-tastic!

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Holiday entertaining just got a lot easier, too! Cheers to spending more time celebrating fall!

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This easy entertaining post for fall is in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens and Panera. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make the blog possible!

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