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There’s no better way to celebrate the time between summer and winter than with a harvest party.

As soon as your favorite coffee shop puts pumpkin spice lattes back on the menu, we know one thing is certain–autumn is in the air. As the days become a little shorter and the nights a little cooler, it’s time to fall in love with what makes this time of year so special. There’s no better way to celebrate the time between summer and winter than with a harvest party.

Harvest celebrations have been around for centuries. Celebrating harvest season generally entails enjoying an array of food that has become ripe and ready at harvest time. Hosting a harvest party can be simple or sophisticated. The main objective is to use what is in season and celebrate it.

The Decor
Use natural elements to decorate your harvest party. Gourds, pumpkins and branches mingled with brilliantly colored red, gold and orange leaves will add a rustic and welcoming motif. Pick up a few hay bales and add a solid surface top to create a table. Let the scenic beauty the season has to offer serve as the backdrop.

The Drinks
Add a little pumpkin and warm fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg to your party’s drinks to make them even more tasty. The following drinks offer the perfect array for any autumn party:

The Manhattan is a classic autumn cocktail. You’ll need whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. Its sweet taste and warming whiskey make it a popular cocktail  for many fall parties.

Cozy the night up with an apple cider hot toddy. Its ingredients include apple cider, whiskey, honey and lemon. Top it off with a few of your favorite spices.

A pumpkin spice martini is sure to be a party hit. It includes vanilla flavored vodka, Irish cream liquor and pumpkin flavored liquor.  Top it off with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The Food
Grilling is a great choice for your fall harvest party. Your gathering may be one of the last few times you and your guests can enjoy alfresco dining. Hearty selections such as ribs, steak and pulled pork are simple yet tasty food options. Add creamy casseroles and roasted veggies as side dishes. For dessert, delight your guests with pumpkin and warm apple pie.

One of the great things about hosting a harvest party is that it can be rustic or refined––or both. The choice is up to you! 

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