Harvest dinner guide: Food, drink & décor

by Cheryl Pendenza - Realtor®/Broker Associate 10/20/2022

To celebrate the turning of the seasons, many enjoy hosting a fall harvest dinner party with loved ones. A harvest dinner combines all the best late-summer fruits and vegetables with cozy, hearty dishes to make you feel at home. 

If you’re interested in hosting your own fall dinner party with a harvest theme, here are some basic tips to help you get inspired:

Harvest dinner dishes

A harvest dinner party is the perfect time to enjoy flavorful seasonal recipes with beautiful seasonal produce. Butternut squash, brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes are all examples of the plentiful and delicious foods you can bring to the table. 

Harvest dinner desserts

For dessert options, think of cozy, hearty treats that celebrate the finest selections from the local farmer’s market. Apple pie and pumpkin pie are beloved standbys, and plain brown sugar cookies provide excellent opportunities for creative decoration. Include some sweet and spicy hot apple cider for after-dinner warmth around the fire pit.

Harvest dinner decor

When decorating for a harvest dinner, focus on the hues and symbols of the season. Take inspiration from rich autumn leaves and ripe produce. Create a bountiful centerpiece featuring apples, pumpkins and other colorful gourds. For an outdoor party, light up the table with rustic mason jar lanterns.

Fun harvest dinner theme ideas

If you want to take your harvest dinner party a step further, you can incorporate a fun seasonal theme or activity. Here are some examples to consider:

  • Pumpkin carving
  • Apple-picking & apple-based desserts
  • Arts & crafts with fallen leaves

Are you ready to start planning your harvest party? Remember these tips when creating your menu and decor for celebrating the season.

About the Author

Cheryl Pendenza - Realtor®/Broker Associate

Bringing more than 30 years of experience to the table, Cheryl has a paralegal degree, banking background, and is a member of many professional, civic, and community organizations.

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Cheryl Pendenza, Broker Associate affiliated with RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services since 1999 is a local businesswoman and formidable negotiator who can help you achieve your real estate goals. Supporting family, community and local business is important to Cheryl and she can often be found at one of the local restaurants, shops, or galleries.