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Fall is such a fun time to throw a party. People are back in town after vacationing for the Summer, school has schedules getting back to normal, and soon, the hustle and bustle of the holidays will have everyone overly committed. So, if you want an opportunity to go all out and have some fun with your friends, I feel like Fall is your best chance. Plus, Fall allows for some great decorations. We’re sharing ideas on throwing your own Fall dessert party complete with recipe and also make sure to enter the Bake in the Fun Sweepstakes!
I wanted to create a tablescape for a more adult party. Imagine getting your favorite girlfriends together for a night in. I kept it mature and light. Flowers are one of my favorite things to decorate with and this idea has been burning a hole in my back pocket waiting for the opportunity to be used.
When designing a tablescape you want to first ask, “Who will be attending this shindig?”, and second, “What is my general theme?”. In this case, my party is for my friends- adult women, and my theme is “natural elements”.
I always like to pull out everything I own that could be used first. Then, I can start brainstorming ideas and head to the store for any additional items that will be needed. I knew I wanted flowers, so I started there and began collecting all things floral and outdoorsy.
The best part of this theme is that as the seasons change, you can probably go right outside and collect twigs and fallen leaves out of your yard to add to this table.
Once I had all of my pieces collected, I got to work. The first thing I did was add the flowers to the wall. Washi tape doesn’t always hold on the wall very well. I recommend putting the flowers up with a clear scotch tape and then putting your washi tape over that.
After that, I started to work on the table. It’s a lot of trial and error. Figure out what items you will be serving first. Then, collect your serving pieces that you want to use. Personally, I like to add in a mix of elevations with my dishes. I knew the Apple Pecan Cake (recipe below) was going to be the star of the show, so I put that highest and in the center. I didn’t just want to put boring drink bottles out, so I tied drinking straws onto the Snapple® Apple to make them cute and tie in the red and gold theme from the rest of the table.
After I had the food and drinks set up, I used some other small items, like acorns, flowers, and little golden pumpkins, to fill in the spaces.
Remember that Apple Pecan Cake? It’s so easy to make and tastes like Fall.
I love baking from scratch, but when I have 100 things on my To Do list, baking can eat up too much time. I’ve become a big fan of using Pillsbury™ Cake Mixes as a base for my treats and then adding in some additional ingredients to make it my own. Like these M&M’s® Pecan Pie candies (here’s a coupon!) I found while at Walmart.
Pillsbury™ Cake Mix
1 1/3 cups Mott’s® Applesauce
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2/3 cup M&M’s® Pecan Pie + more to garnish
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease your pans. I used small loaf pans, you could also use a bundt pan.
- Mix together cake mix, eggs, applesauce, butter, and cinnamon.
- Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
- Smash your M&M’s® and stir in by hand.
- Pour into pan and bake for 40 minutes.
- Let cake cool. Then, dust with confectionar’s sugar
- Serve with M&M’s® Pecan Pie.
And that’s it! Do you see that melty chocolate goodness inside of that cake?
What does Fall mean to you? Do you have a favorite food or recipe? You can check out more delicious Fall-inspired recipes here.