A hot bowl of chili conjures thoughts of cool weather and cozy meals. Capture those sensations at an easy-breezy autumn outdoor get-together that makes you feel warm all over.
A table laden with delicious sides, toppings, drink and dessert is the star of this gathering.
Start with a simple burlap tablecloth then top with a bright patterned runner made from inexpensive bandanas. Making the runner is simple: place two bandanas right sides together and stitch together on one side. Add another bandana to the side opposite the stitched seam, right sides together again, and stitch together. Continue adding bandanas until you have a runner 24 inches longer than your table for a 12-inch overhang on each end.
Use extra bandanas as napkins for each place setting. Group flatware inside the cloth and wrap with jute twine.
Pop the napkin in mason jar glasses or lay the wrapped flatware on each plate.
Set up a serving table near the dining area.
Throw in some fun vintage elements, like this old kitchen scale for a bit of character.
Stash extra cutlery and dishes in picnic baskets and hampers.
Fill an enameled tub with ice to cool down soft drinks, water, and beer.
For a full-bodied beverage, try this flavorful 5-fruit sangria. Get the recipe here.
Then, light up the evening with these fun inflatable and solar powered lanterns.
While the chili’s bubbling away, keep your guests happy with some easy nibbles such as a charcuterie plate
Or opt for the tried and true (and simple!) appetizer combo: cheese and fruit.
Don’t miss our next post for the main event: the chili!
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