Whether it’s a fancy dinner party or enjoying the last few remnants of summer, try these ideas at your apartment.
San Fernando’s Woodland Hills is an excellent suburb not far from Malibu’s pristine beaches. Living at the pet-friendly Essence Apartments offers unrivaled amenities, such as dining around the fire pits or relaxing with drinks in the courtyard.
Read on for five great ideas for entertaining from home this autumn.
Impress with a Seasonal Feast
Serve warm, earthy snacks made with sprouts, roasted veggies, pears, nuts, figs, apples, and other autumn flavors. A harvest platter always goes down well, and appetizers such as butternut squash soup served in shot glasses and topped with sage add a lovely fall touch to your entertaining.
Fall dinner parties should take advantage of the changing seasons, pairing the last of the summer’s bounty with the fall’s fresh produce. For example, try pairing figs with the winter squash that’s already hitting the market.
Prepare a Signature Cocktail
Add some spice to the party with a signature cocktail. Toast the coming season with a Spiced Apple Sangria.
1 750 ml bottle of white wine
3 cups apple cider
3/4 cup light rum (the clear rum)
3 – 4 medium apples
3 2-inch orange peels
4 3-inch cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole allspice
2 12-ounce bottles of ginger beer
See the full method here.
It’s also a good idea to offer a nonalcoholic alternative, such as Mexican hot chocolate or warm apple cider.
Bring Fall to Life with Décor
Autumn is the perfect time to include seasonal vegetables and herbs in floral arrangements. Choose plump, purple artichokes, fennel blossoms, rosemary, and violet basil to reflect the bounty of fall.
Put a dash of seasonal flair into your party décor. Serve your nibbles on leaf-shaped serving platters, and choose paper goods in gold, rust, and pumpkin hues.
Light It Up
String lights overhead and use candles on tables for low-level lighting. Candles create the perfect atmosphere for any fall gathering. Add a seasonal touch to your lighting by placing votive candles inside gourds or pumpkins.
Enjoy the Outdoors
The San Fernando Valley stays relatively warm in the fall, so you can host outdoor gatherings around the pool courtyard. This is also the perfect time of the year to have a gathering around the tranquil ambiance of one of your apartment’s fire pits.
Offering a range of entertainment areas, Essence Apartments in Woodland Hills offers something for everyone in the San Fernando Valley. So host a fancy soirée or enjoy a signature cocktail at sunset; we’ve got you covered.
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