Let’s Fall for Fall
Autumnal inspiration that will add a crisp touch to your meetings
Fall Food & Drink
Roast it: Even dedicated vegetable haters will warm up to veggies when they’re roasted, as the cooking process caramelizes the natural sugars in the produce. For single servings, fashion roasted vegetables into “lollipops” wrapped with cheese.
Make it maple: The national flavor of Canada delivers a note of fall when mixed into cocktails. Try any of these five suggestions for how to incorporate maple into your beverage menu.
Punch it up: Drinks served in punch bowls work well chilled, room temperature or warmed, making them a versatile choice to showcase autumnal ingredients.
Reap the harvest: The foods of the season aren’t just tasty (see above); they’re picturesque. Let a veritable cornucopia of fall fruits and nuts serve double duty as both nibbles and decorative display. (For that matter, you can add an actual cornucopia to table displays—’tis the season.)
Don’t forget the flowers: Flora-wise, you might associate the season with colorful foliage, but the rich hues of fall flowers add elegance and are more unexpected.
Think green: Autumn displays can occasionally veer into craft-store territory (pumpkin overload!). If you’re concerned that your showcase is getting a little hokey, keep a little green in there by adding succulents alongside the more traditional fall palette. Succulents, often thought of as indoor plants outside of their native areas, won’t feel out of place in a seasonal display.
Celebrate round the world: Honor the festivities of other cultures by giving your meeting the flair of an international holiday. One to start with: Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, which has the added benefit of a broader color palette than traditional fall hues. Asian holidays, such as Korea’s Chuseok and India’s Diwali, are also engaging candidates no matter where your meeting is—here are some tips on creating events for a multicultural audience.
Get a little spooky: You don’t have to go all-out Halloween to incorporate touches of the holiday into your fall setup. Dotting a spread with the occasional jack-o’-lantern amid nondecorated pumpkins gives just the right feel.