Fruit Baskets - Keeping it Simple For Fall Festival Refreshments

Ahhh...Fall is in the air. Leaves on trees are changing to vibrant reds, oranges, and golds. The air feels cool and crisp. Nighttime temperatures dip to 40-degrees, causing curling wisps with each breath. The full Autumn moon rises over the landscape with an orange glow, eventually lighting the night with its shining brilliance. This is the time of year to get together with others...the time of year mosquitoes and sweltering humidity are nonexistent...the perfect time for an outdoor party!

The party I have in mind is a Fall Festival, of sorts. I've decided to host this event at our sprawling farm, inviting friends and family for a night full of fun. I plan to have a flaming bonfire to provide warmth as well as fragrant wood smoke. Decorations will consist of bales of golden straw with pumpkins, gourds, and colorful pots of chrysanthemums creatively arranged to make the perfect backdrop for Fall photographs of families and friends. Our wagon will be hooked up to the tractor and filled with comfortable, loose straw for a hayride through the plowed fields. Games and activities in addition to the hay ride will consist of carving jack-o-lanterns, competing in a bean bag toss, and bobbing for apples.

Thank you gift baskets
Thank you Gift Baskets
Refreshments will be kept very simple and easy to eat. I can't think of a better refreshment to serve than Fruit Baskets filled with ripe, seasonal fruits, all of which are grown and harvested locally. I place several large wicker baskets around, conveniently located at each of the activity areas, so my guests can help themselves to several pieces of fruit throughout the night. I will fill these baskets with a variety of apples: sweet McIntosh, crisp red and yellow delicious, and smaller sized jonathans. I will add juicy, yellow, sweet, thin-skinned Bartlett pears to each basket. Over all of this, bunches of reddish-purple concord grapes will be placed.

My fruit basket refreshments will be a hit with everyone. I will arrange the delicious assortment of fruit in a colorful and festive manner. This healthy snack will provide nourishment and energy for my guests and is very easy to eat, as well. The apple cores, pear seeds, and grape stems can be discarded into our compost pile to add nutrients to our garden soil or simply tossed into the field for mice and ground hogs to enjoy.

As the night winds down and the temperature drops, we will huddle around the crackling bonfire, making up a continuing ghost story, each person taking a turn adding to it. An example of this storytelling goes something like this: "It was a dark night". The next person adds: "It was so dark that you couldn't see anything at all." The following person adds: "And it was quiet..." And so it goes, with each person participating and adding to the ghost story until the very end.

The comaraderie, enjoying each other's company, spending time together, relaxing, playing and munching on delicious fruit from the Fruit Baskets will make this Fall Festival a success. I predict it will be so successful that this could very well become an annual tradition. It just goes to show, it's the simple things in life that are treasured. What could be more simple than a Fall Fruit Basket?

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