“Don’t you just love New York in the fall?”
The rhythm of the city settles back into its routine of the weekday grind. Restaurant tables once vacated during slow summer weekends resume their weekend brunch rituals, becoming cluttered with bloody marys and sparkling mimosas. Football games take over the TV screens at local bars, where loyal fans gather to watch and cheer in team jerseys. Trains that were once packed to head out East or to the beaches are suddenly emptied on Friday afternoons as the energy shifts to the anticipation of skating rinks in city parks and glittery window displays that illuminate the waning daylight.
Like the early spring months, autumn is a time when New Yorkers can temporarily reclaim the city for their own. After the summer tourist spree, and before the holiday tourist rush, it’s a time to reset the clocks in a city where anything can happen in a New York minute.
It’s a time to regroup, to regather, and to reassess. And with calendars no longer cluttered with summer vacations and weekend weddings, it’s the perfect time to come together.
The season of gathering is upon us.
So if you’re planning on making the most of the season, here are some ideas for a harvest party. And in true Fieldhouse Kitchen-fashion, these ideas and recipes are simple and to the point.
HARVEST PARTY IDEAS
- Autumn inspired eats, like chicken-apple sausage bites made by sautéing slices of sausage and roasting butternut squash. Insert a toothpick combining the two ingredients and drizzle with maple syrup.
- Apple cider mimosas: an easy two-ingredient drink that anyone can assemble.
- Glass vases filled with colorful candy in fall-inspired hues, like candy corns, or custom M&Ms. I favor candy that doubles as decor and doesn’t involve unwrapping of any kind.
- Apple votives: carve the top off apples and place a tea light into the hole on top.
- Fall flowers like mums instantly bring the best of autumn indoors.
And don’t forget to put some football on the TV in the background. Nothing screams the comfort of fall quite like whistles and cheers.