A Fall Dinner Party Menu

Make planning your next autumn gathering easier with this fall dinner party menu that includes smoked chicken, creamed corn, lemon rosemary roast potatoes, and for dessert a fig tart!

Make planning your next fall gathering easier with this fall dinner party menu that includes smoked chicken, creamed corn, and roast potatoes

Katherine holding cocktail stands behind autumn themed tablescape sharing her fall dinner party menu idea

Sometimes selecting the menu for a dinner party can be the most challenging aspect of planning a get-together. I always enjoy searching through my cookbooks and perusing Pinterest (that links to my recipe board) for ideas, but then you have to narrow it down and consider which foods go best together and what your guests are most likely to enjoy. The hassle level is starting to build!

If this is one of the challenges you face that keeps you from entertaining, well have no fear I've put together a delicious and hearty fall dinner party menu that is simple to fix and oh so tasty!

S. and I put this meal together this past weekend and invited my parents over for a lovely Sunday supper. I set a gorgeous red, white, and blue autumn themed table with luxury linens from Sara Flint (c/o), who just launched her collection of table linens inspired by antique French textiles. I used placemats, napkins, and the runner from her burgundy floral suite, and just love how the delicate florals pair with Johnson Bros Old Castle transferware.

Fall table place setting with Johnson Bros transferware in red and blue on placemat from Sarah Flint

For the centerpiece, I arranged lime carnations, orange and red tulips, white roses, and ivy in a large ceramic planter then trailed ivy vines, white pumpkins, and red apples down the center. The fall touches are subtle and elegant.

Fall floral centerpiece with white roses, orange and red tulips, lime carnations, and ivy

Sarah Flint burgundy floral runner with white pumpkins and red apples nestled amongst ivy vines down center of table

A Fall Dinner Party Menu

Click on the dish title to head to the recipe!

Apple Cheddar Arugula Salad

This salad combines some deliciously sweet and sharp flavors from the juicy apples to the creamy tang of the cheddar and the peppery bite of the arugula. It is a salad we make again and again in the autumn months.

Smoked Whole Chicken

Chicken is a classic Southern Sunday supper staple, so mix it up by smoking the whole bird for a rich smokey flavor that will stun your guests. S. just got a Traeger wood pellet grill, and we are literally smoking and grilling everything right now! We brined the bird overnight using this recipe, but I caution you to use a little less salt.

Roasted rosemary lemon potatoes for a side dish in this fall dinner party menu

Roasted Rosemary Lemon Potatoes

I'm a huge fan of citrus flavors, so anything with lemon is a win for me. The rosemary adds a hint of herby earthy notes that just goes so well with the crisp of the potatoes. Be sure to use lemon slices while roasting - it makes a difference.

Creamed Corn

Creamed corn is one of those quintessential Southern side dishes that is sure to please everybody. I always try to make it with fresh corn off the cobb if I can get it!

Fresh fig tart for dessert

Fresh Fig Tart

This was a new one for S. and I, and all the credit goes to him. Y'all know I'm not much of a baker! We've been harvesting figs from are neighbor's yard and experimenting with them in all kinds of dishes. This was a really delightful pie that tasted like a very grown up version of a fig Newton! Serve it with butter pecan ice cream...you'll thank me!

Make planning your next fall gathering easier with this fall dinner party menu that includes smoked chicken, creamed corn, and roast potatoes

The most labor intensive part of this whole fall dinner party menu was the fig tart. Everything else was easy to prepare ahead or could be left for long periods un-attended in the oven or grill. This is such an important consideration when hosting a gathering because as the host or hostess you don't want to be stuck in the kitchen the whole time!

Stop by next week's Instagram flash sale on 10/7 8PM EST if you're interested in any of this tableware as it will be available then.

Fall tablescape in red, white, and blue with Sarah Flint linens

Must run! I almost forgot the wine!

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