Fall Holiday Entertaining Ideas – Simple Mills

With Halloween less than two weeks away and Thanksgiving following close behind, it’s only right that we bring you a few of our favorite entertaining ideas, including snacks you can make in under an hour. What better way to please your guests than with cheese platters, dips and a little something sweet? Here are our three favorite recipes to make your holiday get-togethers extra special:

Harvest Baked Brie

When it comes to crackers and cheese plates, the average store-bought platters sometimes just don’t cut it. We like to spice up our Fine Ground Sea Salt Crackers a bit by complementing them with this Harvest Brie Cheese that takes just 15 minutes to prepare. It requires only five ingredients including dried cranberries and orange zest. Serve it to your kids before a night of trick-or-treating or pair it with some red wine for a happy hour.

Pumpkin Spice Spread

Pumpkin spice and everything nice. That’s what we like to say about this dessert dip, sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup, topped with ground cinnamon. Now that pumpkin is in season, it’s time to take full advantage of it by using it in more than just one way. This recipe is a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and can easily be made dairy-free using an almond-based cream cheese spread. For a unique serving option, try placing the dip into a hollowed out pumpkin.

Pumpkin Truffles

Skip the artificial chocolates and try making these pumpkin truffles for your kids and trick-or-treaters that require no baking! They’re simple to make with our Pumpkin Muffin Mix, Vital Proteins and our new Chocolate Frosting. The trick is to add in coconut oil and freeze overnight for an almost cookie-dough like texture. Be sure to snag a few before your kids devour them.

Once you’ve got your snacks ready to go, here are a few of our favorite ways to keep the entertainment going:

  1. Host a movie marathon party with your favorite Halloween movies (Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus are two of our favorites - and kid-friendly!)
  2. Serve one of many seasonal soups from a butternut squash and bacon soup to a thai pumpkin noodle soup with crunchy chickpeas.
  3. Buy mini pumpkins at the craft store and decorate them in a variety of ways with help from this guide.
  4. Print out a few of these fall-inspired coloring pages to do while snacking with friends or for your kids to complete while you finish up that Thanksgiving turkey. 
  5. Create a Gratitude Tree for your family to have in time for Thanksgiving.

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