Autumn gives us many reasons to celebrate, so why not round up your friends and family for a Harvest Home gathering? Traditionally, Harvest Home is a feast at the end of harvest when farmers enjoy the bounty from their crops. The celebration is all about being thankful, and in many cultures, food is distributed among the needy or used to raise money for charity.
While you may not be a farmer, we suggest you take this opportunity to share supper with family and friends and do your part to give back. This might mean gathering guests to learn about and support your favorite charity — or, asking your guests to bring non-perishable food items to donate to a local food pantry. Here are some ideas to inspire your own Harvest Home gathering:
Food & Drink
In celebration of fall harvest, focus on in-season foods like butternut squash, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, pears, figs, apples, and kale. Your delicious, autumn-appropriate menu could consist of:
Appetizer: bourbon bacon apple tarts served on MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Luncheon Plates
Soup: curried sweet potato soup
Salad: baby greens with pears and candied walnuts
Entree: spaghetti squash with sausage served on MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Dinner Plates
Side: mashed new potatoes
Desserts: individual apple pies, carrot cake
Drinks: hot apple cider, seasonal beers
Wood grain and stamped leaves in brown and taupe hues make the MADHOUSE Fig Leaf collection perfect for serving your Harvest Home feast.
Let mother nature take the lead with your Harvest Home gathering décor. Go to your local pumpkin patch and scoop up pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn. Use seasonal flowers like mums and sunflowers for floral centerpieces. Arrange the flowers in a hollowed-out pumpkin filled with water. If you’re asking your guests to bring food donations, set out bushel baskets to collect the donations.
Think primitive and rustic with the rest of your décor with crates, whiskey barrels, and horse troughs. For seating, set hale bales around in a circle and cover them with quilts. Include lots of candlelight with old-fashioned lanterns tea lights in mason jars.
Set the mood with some toe-tapping bluegrass music. Either hire a local group to play at the gathering, or hook the bluegrass Pandora station up to your speakers. Set up a pumpkin decorating station that kids and adults alike can enjoy. Provide kid-friendly pumpkin-carving knives and craft paints that can be used to decorate pumpkins. Turn it into a friendly competition and vote on the scariest pumpkin, cutest pumpkin, and most creative pumpkin.
Once the sun begins to set, start a roaring bonfire for your guests to gather around. Set out s’more ingredients, keep the hot apple cider on-hand, and chances are a great story telling session will unfold.
Your guests will delight in your Harvest Home gathering, not only because of the fall fun, but also because of the opportunity to help others in need. Who knows, your Harvest Home celebration might turn into a yearly tradition!