When September and October roll around, many of us think about ghosts, goblins, and all things pumpkin. After all, Halloween will soon be here. Today, however, I thought I'd switch gears and look at this time of year in a different way. I'm going to give you a few ideas for hosting a small but sophisticated fall celebration. Plus, I'll be sharing my recipe for Caramel Apple Sparklers.

When September and October roll around, many of us think about ghosts, goblins, and all things pumpkin. After all, Halloween will soon be here. Today, however, I thought I’d switch gears and look at this time of year in a different way. I’m going to give you a few ideas for hosting a small but sophisticated celebration of fall. Plus, I’ll be sharing my recipe for Caramel Apple Sparklers.

champagne berries and caramel apple sparkler cocktail in glass flute -  inspiredbycharm.com for Shari's Berries

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean every celebration needs to be black and orange. Take this little birthday celebration as an example. When it comes to any party, I always start with color as my inspiration. For this elegant occasion, I thought white would be a great starting point. Access to white pumpkins has grown in recent years, so using them will also allow me to incorporate a festive fall detail.

champagne dipped berries on a stand with long stemmed white roses -  inspiredbycharm.com for Shari's Berries

To complement the white, I added metallic accents. Not only are gold and copper perfect for fall, they also bring life and sparkle to the table.

champagne berries -  inspiredbycharm.com for Shari's Berries

When you have a few elements like these in place, it’s much easier to pull the rest of the party together.

sugar rimmed champagne flute -  inspiredbycharm.com for Shari's Berries

No matter what time of year, I adore the drama of fresh flowers. They instantly add natural beauty to a table. Here, I’m using white roses in a copper dipped glass vase.

white rose bud blooms -  inspiredbycharm.com for Shari's Berries

To keep things light and simple, I decided to serve some hand-dipped champagne strawberries. The colors fit with my theme perfectly and the flavors will set off my cocktail wonderfully.

champagne dipped berries by Shari's Berries - inspiredbycharm.com for Shari's Berries

Speaking of cocktails, let’s talk about these Caramel Apple Sparklers.pouring champagne into glass flutes -  inspiredbycharm.com for Shari's Berries

glass champagne flute -  inspiredbycharm.com for Shari's Berries

During the fall, I will use any excuse to incorporate apple cider in my recipes. For these Caramel Apple Sparkles, I’ve combined caramel vodka, apple cider, and sparkling white wine. This combination creates a delicious cocktail that’s appropriate for this seasonal celebration.caramel apple sparkler champagne cocktail in glass flute

 

Caramel Apple Sparklers

1 ounce caramel vodka
3 ounces apple cider
2 ounces sparkling wine / prosecco / champagne
Honey and coarse sugar for garnish

Dip the rim of a champagne flute into honey and then into coarse sugar to create a sparkling rim for your cocktail.

Then, to the glass, add the caramel vodka and apple cider. Top with sparkling wine.

sugar rimmed champagne flute cocktail and dipped strawberries

Now you’re ready to party!

long stem white roses and champagne berries -  inspiredbycharm.com for Shari's Berries

That’s all you need for a festive, fall celebration. I hope you found a few of my tips helpful. Enjoy the cocktail. Cheers!

Michael Wurm, Jr. is the blogger behind the widely popular lifestyle blog, Inspired by Charm, where he shares his love and tips for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, entertaining inspiration, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide the tools and ideas for everyone to live a happy, colorful life.