I'm not gonna lie, the reason I wanted to have a birthday party this year was selfish. I wanted to eat all of my favorite fall foods in the same night, and I figured a party was a good excuse. The decorations included a gorgeous garland from EverlyLane, a couple autumn-inspired bouquets from the local flower shop, candles and mini pumpkins scattered around. I poured together Prosecco, cranberry juice and ginger ale for a sparkly, little cocktail.
As for the menu, there were butternut squash soup shooters with creme fraiche, bruschetta with goat cheese and pear-cranberry chutney, pulled pork sliders, mini vegetable pot pies, chocolate and pumpkin cheesecake bars and instead of a birthday cake, a stack of apple cider doughnuts. I made some extra doughnut holes and sent everyone home with a little bagful as a party favor. It was such a fun night with friends and my appetite for fall was definitely satisfied.
Thanks to my friend Jin for letting me use some of her Instagrams. I struggled with balancing the roles of hostess, photographer and birthday girl.