Looking to put together a fall dinner without any major cooking or prep? Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket and add your own garnishes before guests arrive. This offers the taste of something homemade without the fuss.
Perfect for a little princess on the way, glam up a naked cake with a glitzy gold topper. Simply take a homemade chocolate cake, layer with pale pink frosting and dust with powdered sugar. Add a single pink flower as a finishing detail.
Don’t hesitate to mix colors and styles for your staycation brunch. Here, we have layered the table in stripes, wicker and bright color for a modern yet traditional take on brunch decor. If stripes are not your thing, you can enhance your wicker chargers by spray painting them a fun color and take things a step further with a homemade menu card.
Troll through your garden looking at seedheads and collecting the wealth at hand. Seeds make great gifts and are versatile beyond restocking your own garden. Consider using homemade seed packets as Thanksgiving place setting cards, stocking stuffers, inclusions in holiday mailings or hostess gifts.
Camille and Joe both have a love of entertaining. Joe has a hobby creating homemade craft beer and Camille loves to collect pretty wines for parties. The two entertain often at home, and put their bar cart to good use. A vintage cart in gold is perfect for displaying pretty glassware, appetizer plates and bottles of wine and liqueurs for guests to sample at parties.
Put crushed or damaged candy canes to use as cupcake toppings. Dress up store-bought or homemade cupcakes by adding crushed bits of candy canes on top of whipped frosting. In addition to using for cupcakes, crushed candy canes also make for excellent garnish atop hot chocolate and coffee.
Vintage wooden bread boards have become more popular over the past few years, but can still be found for a bargain. Pair a wooden board with some homemade bread or an artisan loaf from a bakery. Wrap the loaf in brown paper and tie it with some butcher twine, greenery and a tag.
A stick strung to the exposed ceiling beams creates a simple but attractive hanging rack for coat and clothes storage next to the black front door. Free floor space between the wall and the striped black and white rug is perfect for setting aside boots, creating a homemade mudroom. A wood ladder leaning against the wall displays a tapestry collection adding neutral tones and great texture to the space.
Put an exciting spin on the dessert buffet by setting up a popcorn bar before everyone arrives. Fill a variety of apothecary jars with different flavors of homemade or store-bought popcorn, and let guests have fun scooping up the salty and sweet flavors. Place paper bags next to the bar so everyone can take their favorite flavor home with them; it's the perfect way to thank them for "popping" by!
We adore this playful and unexpected autumnal design from Jennifer Hadfield of Tatertots and Jello. A contemporary blend of blues—aqua, navy and cobalt—really make the traditional pumpkin orange pop. Along with the darling swag and homemade wreath, the potted plants, lanterns, pumpkin décor and a painted “autumn” sign really bring together this fun and festive front porch.
Break out the griddle on a lazy weekend morning and make a triple batch of homemade, healthy waffles. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in a large zip-top plastic bag, then pop in the toaster for a speedy breakfast during the hectic weekday morning rush. Top with fresh berries and a dollop of Greek yogurt. Get the recipe >>
For a portable, kid-friendly breakfast that is lower in added sugar compared to many store-bought varieties and higher in homemade flavors, these little French toast cups are a dream! Make a batch on the weekend, freeze and reheat in the morning when you’re ready to eat. Get the recipe >>
Maybe you have time to make cranberry sauce from scratch (and if you do, we highly recommend you try Joanna Gaines' recipe), but you most likely don't have the time. Make a partially-homemade sauce by mixing fresh or frozen cranberries with a can of cranberry sauce. Garnish with orange peel for color contrast.
Bite-size churros are deliciously poppable! Whip up your favorite homemade churro batter and pipe onto baking sheets in 3-inch lengths. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes. Cook the frozen dough in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Brush mini churros with butter and roll in cinnamon-sugar. For a truly decadent treat serve with salted caramel sauce.
Homemade apple chips are a healthy snack, but they can take more than an hour to bake in a regular oven. Air-frying greatly reduces the cook time and yields a crunchy, satisfying treat. Choose your favorite apple variety and slice it into quarter-inch rounds. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over the chips before serving.
Compost tumblers help air reach all your materials, which speeds up decomposition. Look for a ready-made tumbler or make your own from an old pickle barrel. You'll need to add a vent tube in the middle and some holes to let excess moisture drain out. Although you could simply roll your barrel around to mix the materials inside, a homemade wooden frame makes the job easier.
Homemade marshmallows taste so much better than store-bought, and can be made up to a week in advance. Sandwich each piece between graham crackers and tie with candy ribbon to create a seasonal s'more treat that is just waiting to be dipped in the chocolate fondue! Label the sweets with a printable Rudolph buffet card.
With so much candy around at Halloween parties, a salty snack will hit the spot. Whip up some homemade kettle-popped corn or one of our popcorn recipes below and place in scallop-edged cups. Embellish with dimensional scrapbooking stickers (found at craft stores) or one of our free printables. If you're sending a cup home with your party guests, wrap it in cellophane and tie with ribbon so the popcorn will stay fresh.