Neighborhood Open House

By Camille Styles
fall table centerpiece

Autumn feels like a fitting time of year to reconnect with faraway friends, as well as the people who live right in our own neighborhoods. When I was growing up, my parents were always friends with our neighbors — we’d have dinner parties, leave baked goods on each other’s doorsteps, and when I was old enough I loved having all those built-in babysitting gigs. I have to admit that as an adult, I’m guilty of letting the busyness of life prevent me from really getting to know our neighbors, and I’ve been thinking lately about how much I’d like to change that as our kids get older. As the holidays approach, inviting the neighbors over for a casual afternoon get-together feels like just the thing. For the menu, an easy buffet of finger foods and mugs full of warming soup will make people want to cozy up in front of the fire and stay awhile. Click through for the recipes, and I’d love to hear in the comments: have you spent time getting to know your neighbors? Any tips?

*image: apartment 34

Negroni Fizz Cocktail

Greet your guests with a classic Negroni… with a fun, bubbly twist.

Get the recipe here.

Middle Eastern Beet & Yogurt Toast

A colorful spread of beets and tangy yogurt on sourdough toast is guaranteed to be a hit with the neighbors.

Get the recipe here.

White Bean, Kale, & Squash Minestrone

This soup is perfect for any cozy, fall/winter get-together — just add mugs.

Get the recipe here.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken Skewers

This yogurt marinade makes grilled chicken ridiculously juicy and tender.

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Kale “Love” Salad

Cranberries, cherry tomatoes, and a delicious dressing elevate this kale salad to “love” status.

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No-Bake Brownies

Graham cracker crumbs, condensed milk and melty chocolate… something magical happens.

Get the recipe here.