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5 Elements of a Perfectly Autumnal Dinner Party

You know that feeling when you get to Thanksgiving and you think “where did the year go?”

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re rushing around in the go-go-go pace of our world today. There are things to do, people to see, kids to feed, rooms to clean, bills to pay…and before you know it, a whole season has slipped away before you got the chance to really enjoy it.

The secret is making time to appreciate and enjoy the present moment. And I for one feel this even more around this time of the year.

Planning a nice night with friends or family where you take time to unplug, relax, and soak up the cozy fall energy is a great way to do just that.

Here are the five elements to hosting a perfectly autumnal dinner party:

1.     Think cozy. There’s such a cozy feeling about the fall season, so incorporate comfy touches into your home. It’s a little too early for a roaring fire, but a bunch of pillar candles together in the fireplace is just right. Drape blankets over couch arms so guests can feel free to curl up. Serve hot drinks like apple cider or mulled wine to warm from the inside out.

2.  Use seasonal ingredients. Take advantage of the wonderful fall produce by incorporating seasonal flavors into your menu. The more the merrier, in my opinion! Even incorporating just one will pump up the fall feeling. Make pumpkin, apple, pear, cranberry, or butternut squash the star of a side dish or main entrée. (These are also perfect if you volunteered to bring a dish to Thanksgiving dinner at someone else’s house!)

3.     Autumn centerpiece. Your table doesn’t have to be flashy, but it’s great to reflect the theme with a fall-inspired centerpiece. A mason jar full of sunflowers, a vase with some tiny pumpkins or cranberries inside, or this pumpkin candle centerpiece are all autumn-inspired and easy to create.

4.     Set the mood. The music you play can change the entire feel of your home, so choose something that inspires that fall feeling. Rustic, acoustic music always makes me feel like fall. Some people love country music in the autumn months too, and Spotify and Pandora also have great fall playlists that would help set the mood.

5.     Take the fall feeling home. Give your guests a little favor to take home with them at the end of the night. Caramel apples are a fun throwback to childhood, as are small sugar pumpkins that they can decorate or bake into pumpkin pie. Get creative!

Mental wellbeing is so important to living a balanced life. Hormones play a big role in our moods and mental states as women, so it’s important to make sure they’re in check. Let’s talk more about healthy hormone levels at your next appointment — click the button below of call us at 717-840-9885 to set yours up. 



Dr. Julie Drolet

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