5 Festive Menus for Fall Entertaining

Whether you're looking to throw a cocktail party for a crowd or just want to enjoy a simple dinner in with a few friends, these 5 menus—featuring warming, spiced cocktails, hearty main dishes, and the best of the season's produce—are the perfect excuse for a fall gathering.

An Autumn Cocktail Party

An Autumn Cocktail Party

Small plates like Welsh rarebit bites made with apple and Stilton cheese and scallops served with sweet potato purée and onion marmalade join a stellar collection of autumn drinks for an easy cocktail party menu. See the menu for an Autumn Cocktail Party »Todd Coleman

A Vegetarian Harvest Dinner

The season's hearty vegetables take center stage in a vegetarian menu perfect for entertaining, featuring dishes from silky leek and potato soup to farro risotto to a luscious Italian apple tart. See the menu for a Vegetarian Harvest Dinner »

A Light Fall Dinner

Rustic garlic soup, colorful roasted beets, and a fall panzanella studded with crisp pancetta, dried cranberries, and caramelized onions combine for a beautifully fresh and delicate autumn meal. See the menu for a Light Fall Dinner »

A Farm-Fresh Autumn Dinner

Bring the flavors and colors of fall's best ingredients to your table with a harvest dinner featuring earthy rosemary-rubbed beef tenderloin, kale and Brussels sprouts salad, and more. See the menu for a Farm Fresh Autumn Dinner »

An All-Apple Dinner

Whether you pick your own or buy them at the local farmers' market, celebrate apple season with a four-course meal featuring everyone's favorite fall fruit in recipes from a sweet and savory apple roast pork loin to a smooth winter squash and apple soup. See the menu for an All Apple Dinner »