Last year I participated in a huge dinner party with The Art of Living Beautifully and Unique Unique Designs, it was a blast so this year I decided to create a Fall Dinner Party Class on a smaller scale. It was really fun for me to get out my dishes and crystal wine glasses and set a beautiful table for my honored guests.
For the centerpiece I wanted to use copper pumpkins. These were perfect to go along with my copper chargers and I thought a little bit of metallic would reflect the lights. To make them, I bought fresh white pumpkins, the stems were taped off and then sprayed them with copper paint. Once they were dry, they were ready to be the focal point of the table arrangement.
To complete the design, pears, squash and lots of grapes were added. Using fresh foods as centerpieces is an idea that has been gaining popularity and it’s really smart because you can eat the arrangement after the party is over!
I still had plenty of fresh flowers in the house.
I was completely enchanted with these stunning roses that were the color of fire.
The table was set and the guests arrived!
All 12 were greeted with a Rosemary Grapefruit Sparkler, a tart refreshing cocktail, ideal for the unpredictable Texas fall season.
While we munched on appetizers of Focaccia Bread topped with Caramelized Onions and Fennel and Spicy Shrimp, we had a short cooking lesson.
I shared about my recent experience in Lake Como, Italy and how a special meal there inspired this menu.
Next up were beautiful salads topped with pear shards, blue cheese and my famous Sweet and Spicy Pecans, recipe below!
Dinner was a Roasted Vegetable Stuffed Pork Loin Roast served on a bed of root vegetables and alongside Fontina Mac and Cheese. Dessert was Chocolate Lava Cakes with Tuaca Ice Cream and I might have even gotten the bottle of Tuaca out for sampling…I will never tell!
The night was a huge success and I look forward to hosting many more events like this one!
I hope you are all enjoying the fall season!
Sweet and Spicy Pecans
2 cup whole pecans
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon smoky paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, brown pecans in butter over medium heat. Add sugar, spices and toss until pecans are coated. Add vinegar to mixture, stir over low heat until the moisture is mostly evaporated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour pecans onto prepared pan and bake for 5-7 minutes until golden brown and pecans are dry to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool.