Harvest Party How-To

Harvest Party How-To

Thanksgiving typically gets all of the attention when it comes to autumnal parties, but what if you’re looking to plan a smaller, more casual get-together? Whether you’re catching up with dear friends before the craziness of the holiday season begins, or keeping things simple with a low-key Thanksgiving, we asked the wonderful Amanda S. Gluck — otherwise known as the Fashionable Hostess — to give us a few quick tips for hosting a stress-free autumnal party. To top things off, Amanda also shares her recipe for an Apple and Ginger Stone Wall Cocktail that will make your guests very thankful!


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Harvest Party How-To with the Fashionable Hostess

Fall time entertaining is my favorite time of year. The cool crisp air, the mini pumpkins, and the addition of cinnamon to nearly every dish! Today I wanted to share a glimpse of what’s brewing at my bar this fall, starting with décor which includes a few of my favorite pieces from Pottery Barn’s Fall Collection, followed by a cocktail recipe with a fall essential: apple cider!

When it comes to stress-free party planning, there are a few go-to party tools that come in handy again and again (and again…), and always get the attention of my guests: a classic Antique Silver Bottle Wine Chiller, an assortment of fabulous Flameless Flickering Birch Wax Candles, and the ever-versatile Hammered Nickel Snack Bowl. These three must-haves will help to ensure that you’re prepped and ready to go long before your guests arrive, and they’ll stay beautifully eye-catching all through the night.

Ice Bucket

Must-Have #1Antique Silver Bottle Wine Chiller

Living in Miami, I drink white wine year round and this antique ice bucket is perfect for holiday entertaining! Fill it with ice and plop in your favorite bottle — it’s that easy!

Flameless Candles

Must-Have #2Flameless Flickering Birch Wax Candles

These candles add an instant fall update to any space, and the flameless flickering look will fool everyone who walks in your door. By keeping your seasonal décor flame-free, there’s no need to fuss with melted wax and scorch marks once your guests all head home. Who doesn’t love easy clean-up?

Hammered Snack Bowl

Must-Have #3Hammered Nickel Snack Bowl

I’m filling this snack trio with some of my favorite fall bar snacks, like honey roasted peanuts and dried cranberries, but its versatility has no limits! Host an ice cream bar and fill it with chocolate chips and berries, throw a Sunday morning brunch party and set up an oatmeal station (brown sugar, raisins and coconut, anyone?), or just toss some chips, pretzels, and popcorn in the bowl for a casual night on the sofa. Whether entertaining for two or for ten, the Hammered Nickel Snack Bowl is a welcomed addition to any gathering!

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Apple Ginger Cocktail

Apple Ginger Stone Wall Cocktail

Inspired by a recipe from Self Proclaimed Foodie


  • 1 piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1 1/2 ounces apple cider
  • 1 1/2 ounces chilled ginger beer
  • Apple slice for garnish
  • Ice


1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the ginger with the simple syrup. Add bourbon and cider.

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2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.

3. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and top with ginger beer.

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4. Garnish with an apple wedge, serve, and enjoy!

Apple Ginger Cocktail

FashionableHostess Party Tip:

Make a batch x 5 and place it in your Bleecker Bar Martini Pitcher to serve throughout the party!

Whether planning for a small gathering or a fantastic fête, this cocktail will be a sure-fire crowd pleaser!


Styled and written by Amanda S. Gluck of FashionableHostessPhotos by Simply Lively.


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