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8 Things to Buy for Fall Entertaining

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As the cold weather approaches do you find yourself hosting more often? I sure do… let’s be serious, I want to be social but I would much rather not leave the house! So what’s on my checklist for Fall entertaining? Make sure you have each of these eight fall entertaining essentials so you are ready to host guests at a moment’s notice.

  1. Fancy champagne flutes {I love my Juliska Amalia Flutes!}
  2. A great cheese tray {I am always asked who makes the Julia Knight tray I feature constantly on my Instagram.}
  3. Cheese knives {I love this Barard one for $20.00 or this Dubost set of 3 currently on sale for $40.00 – hint, hint, also makes for a great Hostess gift!}
  4. Small bowls for nuts and dried fruits on your cheese platters {I use my Michael Aram Molten bowls in square and circular constantly.}
  5. Carafes for serving water {Yes, I said water! I don’t remember the last time I used one for wine! It looks so much more elegant to have your water in a carafe than a bottle or Britta.}
  6. Fall-colored cocktail napkins {My go-to’s are printed paper napkins for $4.95 at Pier1 Imports}
  7. A cake stand {I use mine for desserts and appetizers – see how I used mine for apps at this FH party}
  8. A fun flower vase {I love buying flowers for entertaining, so it’s nice to have an updated way to display them; I love my Jonathan Adler Studded Vase and probably use it a tad too often, woops!}

Elegant Cheese KnifeJulia Knight Trays and BowlsCarafes for water and wine

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Host a Back to School Party

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Have the end-of-summer blues? Get your kids excited to head back to school by hosting a “Back to School” Party with their closest classmates. Setting up is easy! Put what you own to use - from stackable blocks sets, to lunch boxes, to their favorite books, arranging them down the center of your table as your centerpieces! Next, set a simple child-friendly table; I used melamine plates {avoiding glass is a must!}, navy diamond print napkins {machine washable}, West Elm gold flatware, and rather than cups, I served Vita Coco Kids Juice Boxes. At each child’s seat I placed a MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Journal topped with an apple {these journals were the perfect party favor}. On the menu was a lunch-box-friendly meal of whole wheat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bags of Pop Chips. And last for dessert, I served the cutest rice crispy treats by TREATHOUSE which had school themed frosting from scissors to pencils! The kids had a ball doodling in their notebooks and playing with the blocks… it was the perfect way to welcome in the school year.

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Summer Cooking 101 Event Featuring Nutritionist Be Well with Arielle

Kale Tomato and Feta Healthy Appetizer by Be WellwithArielle.comZucchini Bite Sized Appetizer

Two weeks ago I teamed up with Arielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.com to co-host a Summer Cooking 101 Event at Chateau FH.  The Event Details: Arielle is the new face of Glamour Magazine’s online video series called “Treat Yourself.” Each week this summer, Glamour featured Arielle in the kitchen showcasing a new healthy and fun cooking video – from Healthy Fish Tacos to a Post-Workout Cookies & Cream Smoothie. Excited to celebrate in her success, I wanted to host an event so she could show off her kitchen skills {plus, cooking in my kitchen meant I would be scoring the left-overs!!}. She arrived at my apartment with a slew of delicious organic ingredients and got right to work. I took the reigns as merchandiser {baby Brooks in tow!}.

Amanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess sets the TableAppetizer served in Martini Glasses: Kale Tomato and Feta Healthy Appetizer by Be WellwithArielle.com Arielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.comZucchini Rounds with Homemade Pesto Sauce and Honey Drizzle by BewellwithArielleWatermelon, Feta, and Mint Skewers AppetizerWatermelon, Feta and Mint Summer SaladAmanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess and Le Grand Courtage ChampagneLe Grand Courtage Champagne Mini Champagne BottlesAmanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess and Santa Margherita WineSanta Margherita Pinot Grigio

On the invite list was a group of 10 top notch fashion, lifestyle, and beauty bloggers based in NYC who couldn’t wait to taste-test the dishes live. The Summer Seasonal Menu included: Zucchini Bites with Pistachio Pesto and Honey Drizzle {recipe}, Kale Caprese Pizzettes {recipe}, Watermelon Feta and Mint Skewer Appetizers {recipe}, and for party favors, cute mini mason jars packed with  Maple Sesame Cashews {recipe}. My contribution was finding the perfect beverages to pair with her spread, so I chose Le Grand Courtage mini Champagne bottles for guests to enjoy while we shmoozed, and then a light and crisp white wine to accompany her summer appetizers, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio {which I also featured in my “How to Throw a Wine and Cheese Party” post}.

As the event went on, the bloggers tweeted and insta’d away as Arielle did a live cooking demonstration with health tips and knife skills to boot. It was a fabulous end of summer soiree!!

On the hunt for healthy recipes? Head to her site, BeWellwithArielle.com, and stay tuned because tomorrow I will be sharing her Kale and Tomato Pizzette Appetizer on Fashionable Hostess.

Katie Meyers of MeyersStyles.comI love me RingAmanda Teague of BehindtheMirrorBeauty.comKatie Manwaring of KatiesBliss.com and Julia Dzafic of Lemonstripes.comSummer Cooking 101 EventArielle Haspel of BeWellwithArielle.comKatie Manwaring of KatiesBliss.com and Arielle of BeWellwithArielle.comNew York Bloggers attend Summer Cooking 101 Event at Chateau FH

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