DIY Fall Apple and Pear Place Settings

Feeling crafty? We have a fun and easy idea to help you create beautiful seasonal place settings for your Thanksgiving table. Get the kids involved with this fresh take on table settings, and you’ll have one thing crossed off your holiday to-do list:

-Make the table fancy in no time flat.

Done! Instructions after the jump!

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Ice Bucket

No bucket? No problem. We used a large pumpkin to make an ice bucket for one of our favorite white wines, and it made us wonder how we didn’t think of it sooner. While it serves its primary purpose — to keep your wine cold — it also makes a fantastic Halloween or Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can even create a virgin version filled with soda cans for the kids table.

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How to Use a Pumpkin for a Festive Floral Centerpiece

Looking to add a fresh and fragrant touch to your Thanksgiving table? Our floral merchant, Saralyn, carved up a beautiful pumpkin and flower centerpiece, and wrote up tips on how to make your own at home. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect — the more rustic, the better. You could even devise a fun game (pin the feathers on the turkey, perhaps) for your guests to play; winner gets the centerpiece! Click through to find instructions from Saralyn.

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Graham Cracker and Pumpkin Dip Graveyard

Don’t go around the cemetery on All Hallow’s Eve… Unless it’s made of FOOD. In which case, dig in! Using FreshDirect’s own graham crackers and a decadent pumpkin dip, we made a sweet treat that will chill your Halloween party guests to the bone. After the jump, you’ll find the easy step-by-step instructions.

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Spooky Tips for Your Halloween Party

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Shrimp look eerie on a black pot filled with ice.

Halloween is right around the corner — are you ready? There are so many fun Halloween traditions. Do you take the kids out trick-or-treating? (More importantly, do you dress them up in food costumes?) Or do you dress up and have everyone over for a costume party at your place?

Whichever way you decide to spend your Halloween night, we hope you have tons of great food around! Here are a few easy ways to add some chills to your Halloween spread.

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Spooky Spirits: Halloween Cocktail Recipes

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Vampire Bite Cocktail

Halloween is my favorite holiday! Here are my Halloween-inspired “Spooky Spirits.” These cocktails are my creepy twists on classics that can help set a spooky mood for your Halloween festivities — they’ll give your guests something to scream about.

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Beet, Walnut, and Herb Dip Recipe from Love Beets

beetwalnutdipOur friends over at Love Beets sent us this recipe to serve at your next party.

Beet, Walnut, and Herb dip

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:
• 8.8 oz vacuum-packed beets
• 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 small bunch each of cilantro and parsley
• 2 oz shelled walnuts
• 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
• Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Roughly chop the beets and herbs and put in a food processor with the walnuts and garlic and process until you have a course paste.
  2. Add the oil and vinegar and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Taste to check the seasoning — you may need to add a little more vinegar if the beets are particularly sweet.
  3. Serve with pita chips, crackers, etc.