Sparkling Cider Recipe, Fall Party Food Vignette, and Autumn Abounds

Some of the items shared in this post were provided by World Market. I am SO excited to share them with you because I LOVE, love, love them! All opinions, of course, are my very own.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I thought I would share a little Autumn party food vignette I threw together for a little girls night I had at my home. When I think of fall, I think of crisp apples and comfort foods and I wanted to incorporate them into this little vignette. 
I made little mini fresh blackberry pies, and oh my goodness were they good! I will share the recipe with you this week. They are so easy to make and are absolutely delicious. 
I also used this fun slate cheese board from World Market to serve my different cheeses and crackers that I also found there. I added a couple of local cheeses as well. I love cheese, and it feels like such a special treat to serve a few different kinds that I usually don’t eat very often. 
I love the natural stone chalks that came with the slate cheese board. I can see myself using this for other things too. You know me… any excuse to doodle!
I made homemade sparkling cider to drink. It tastes a little bit different… maybe more apple-y… than Martinelli’s, but it is really yummy and full of fall flavor. And I love the way it looks in my dispenser from World Market, with the apple slices in all of its Autumn loveliness. 
Here is the super simple recipe for you:
Homemade Sparkling Cider Recipe
1 Liter of sparkling water per
 1 can frozen apple juice/apple cider from concentrate
Apple slices for pretty-ness (optional)
Mix together and serve chilled or over ice in fun cups. 
I used my vintage plates and platters to display and serve. I also put my vintage napkins wrapped in jute rope in an old wooden hardware box on my vintage ice cream stool for anyone who needed one.

I also decided that I wanted to dress up the vignette with a little fall garland, so I made this baby. My sweet hubby actually came home from his hunting trip with these pinecones for me. I think it is so romantic.

After a little trial and error, I figured out the best way to hang the pinecones so they stay nice and straight. I also used burlap ribbon {see tutorial for how to make burlap ribbon here} as well as some other ribbon I had on hand to dress it up. I will be sharing the full tutorial for this pinecone garland later this week. 

I am so happy to be participating in this fun Autumn Abounds blog hop. For more Fall inspiration, you can visit these other talented ladies!
On Friday, Becca shared this gorgeous Fall Mantel
…and here is the rest of the schedule for you! I am enjoying seeing what these girls have come up with each day! 
Monday, Sept. 9th Shannon @
Tuesday, Sept. 10th Heather @
Wednesday, Sept. 11th Jen @
Thursday, Sept. 12th Kristin @
Friday, Sept. 13th Maryann @
Monday, Sept. 16th Kristin @
Tuesday, Sept. 17th Vanessa @
Wednesday, Sept. 18th Heather @
Thursday, Sept. 19th Mary Beth @
Monday, Sept. 23rd Kristen @
Tuesday, Sept. 24th Angelina @
Wednesday, Sept. 25th Courtney @
Thursday, Sept. 26th Debbie @
Friday, Sept. 27th Kim @
And then it’s your turn to share! On Monday, September 30th we will be having an Autumn Linky Party for you to share your fall projects and decor plus this HUGE giveaway!
Autumn Abounds Prize Package
I really wish that I could win this package!!!!! But, I am excited that one of you will win!
Thanks for reading! 


  1. says

    Sounds like a fun girls night! I just put away my beverage dispenser and you just gave me a reason I might want to bring it back out. I can now see warm apple cider coming out on a cool fall evening! Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    Next time you have a girls night, don’t forget to invite me :) Everything looks so fun and festive. Love your new stuff from World Market. I love that store. I also love your pine cone banner. Super sweet of your hubby.

  3. says

    Looks fun! And I’m super excited for the pine cone garland tutorial…I have boxes full of pine cones waiting for me to do something crafty with them!

  4. says

    Everything looks seasonal and cozy, and your tarts look amazing!! I think fall is the best season to decorate for, at least in my home:) thanks for giving me some great ideas, Kristen!

  5. says

    Your Autumn vignette is beautiful … love all of your comfort food yummies, and I *want* your slate cheese board. I see a trip to World Market in my future! Happy Fall!

  6. says

    Everything is just too cute and inviting. I love the pine cone garland, that can take you right through Thanksgiving. The orange ribbons really make it! I can’t wait to try the apple cider recipe, it looks so good.

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