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Looks like a lot of work, but it's a very simple menu. I picked up almost all of it at Trader Joe's.
A small charcuterie board served on slate includes manchego cheese, chianti salami, apple slices, mango chutney, dried cranberries, and farmhouse cheddar with a honey drizzle.
A few appetizers from the frozen dept....mushroom turnovers, chicken parm pops, pastry bites with carmelized onions and feta cheese. Yum!
I found some delicious pumpkin salsa from my local Fresh Market store, served with blue and white tortillas.
Some dipping pretzels with stone ground mustard and a bowl of mixed nuts.
I used a box of butternut squash soup for these mini tasting bowls. I love the little spoons! I added a dollop of greek yogurt and sprinkled a little berbere spice for color and a kick!
Some wine and pumpkin ale of course! I rimmed these small tasting glasses with a cinnamon sugar mix. So good!
So that's the food, now for the decorating. I always start with my layers...trays, platters, platforms, crates. I lay it out keeping the flow in mind and the reach. You want it all to be easily accessible.
You can use tablecloths too but I prefer some linen napkins here and there, I like to see the wood of the farm table (not just because my husband made it ;)
Now for the the fun stuff! Flowers and props! Keep it simple. I have one large centerpiece down the center and I just coordinated everything else with the green/burgandy preserved hydrangeas. These pears were the perfect color and I love decorating with produce. You can eat the decorations after! These artichokes are dried however, so no consuming.
Just a few paper mache pumpkins from the shop (because I couldn't find any real ones yet:)
I hope I gave you some ideas for your next dinner party, get together or holiday! Would love to see your tablescape photos. Please share!