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Here’s a “help yourself” menu that’s full of fall flavors.

Camille Styles shares ideas for an outdoor buffet with yummy finger foods and autumn-inspired drinks that’ll be a hit at your backyard game night.

  • It’s a simple formula that’s all you need for a fall get-together that will give everyone major warm fuzzies for the season.
  • A simple grazing menu allows guests to help themselves.

    Stick to bite-sized foods and easy sides that you can make in advance (and will last outdoors for a few hours) so you can enjoy yourself without running to the kitchen all night.

  • When I’m designing a tablescape for a special gathering, I always turn to Mother Nature for inspiration. The location where I’m hosting often informs the palette, patterns and composition of the design, menu and even the cocktail. I combined natural linens with earthenware and ceramic plates, vintage vessels filled with clippings from the gardenand materials that mimicked the outdoor surroundings.
  • This gathering has nothing to do with “impressing my guests”— it’s a party that keeps the focus on kicking back and having fun.
  • Mix Up an Autumn Sangria

  • Many hosts share this party secret: prepare a big pitcher of sangria before guests arrive, then set it out, and let everyone help themselves. The flavors get better as they sit.
  • Camille’s Autumn Sangria

    Mix everything except prosecco and store in the fridge for at least 6 hours (or overnight). To serve, add the prosecco and garnish eachglasswith rosemary. You’ll need:

    • 2 medium apples, thinly sliced
    • 1 medium pear, thinly sliced
    • 1 medium orange, thinly sliced
    • 2 cups apple cider
    • 1/2 cup Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
    • 1/2 cup brandy
    • 1 (750 ml) bottle prosecco
    • Rosemary, for garnish
  • I love any menu item that frees me up to have fun right along with my guests.
  • For a nonalcoholic option that still feels festive, offer warm mugs of apple cider garnished with a cinnamon stick or sprig of rosemary.
  • Easy Snacks and Treats for the Win

  • Food served outdoors needs to be simple to eat and taste good at room temperature.

    I wanted to make it feel seasonal and celebratory, so I tapped into Good & Gather’s impressive selection to create an elevated (and affordable) spread with a range of delectable cheeses, dips, and in-season ingredients.

  • Create an Elevated Fall Cheese Board

    When it comes to styling your cheese platter, don’t be intimidated. Mix different types of cheeses and present them in varying shapes and sizes. A few ideas:

    • Creamy cheeses: brie or chevre
    • Hard, sharper cheeses: cheddar, parmesan or gruyere
    • Stinky soft cheeses: gotta have a blue

    It’s also fun to incorporate at least a couple of different kinds of milk (cow, goat, sheep or nut milk) to keep things interesting and make you look like a pro.

  • The real secret to styling a knockout cheese board is the garnishes. Opt for a variety of textures and colors to keep things visually interesting.
  • Everyone’s craving fall flavors, so invite guests to bring a pie to share.
  • Looking for ways to cozy up your backyard? Camille has ideas for your gathering ›

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