Easy Menu for Outdoor Entertaining

I want to share with you an easy menu for outdoor entertaining.

We had our neighbors over for dinner and I served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the greenhouse.

Since I had decorated my greenhouse for fall, I decided it was the perfect place to host a little cocktail party. I wanted to keep it really simple with an easy menu.

Outdoor Entertaining

We do a lot of outdoor entertaining because we live on water and we just gravitate to the outdoors when the weather is nice. We’ve had some beautiful fall evenings this year so we continue to enjoy them!

Salted Carmel Apple Martini

My niece got married via Zoom on Saturday in a sweet backyard wedding. I also had a childhood friend of my oldest get married on the same day. I was able to watch a wedding in Grand Rapids, Michigan at 1:30 pm and then my niece’s wedding in Iowa City, IA at 3:45 pm. Both were lovely and cause for celebration.

Fall Greenhouse

I needed to have an easy menu to throw together between the weddings and when our guests arrived. We invited our neighbors over to help us celebrate. They are always up for an evening of food and fun!

Outdoor Entertaining


I made my traditional charcuterie board with cheese, crackers, meats, nuts, and some fresh fruits. Our neighbors brought a beautiful plate with Burrata (mozzarella and cream ball) with an olive tapenade and crusty French bread. It was so yummy!

outdoor entertaining charcuterie
An Easy Menu for Our Outdoor Entertaining

Signature Cocktail

Since we were in wedding mode, I thought a Signature Fall Cocktail was also in order. Again I made it an easy entertaining drink.

Salted Carmel Apple Martini

Prep Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • Martini Glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 2 oz Carmel Vodka
  • 3 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 jar Carmel Sauce
  • 2 tblsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Apple Sliced


  • Put Martini Glasses in the freezer to frost
  • Put two tablespoons of carmel sauce on a small place & sea salt on another plate
  • Dip frosted glass into carmel sauce and then sea salt
  • Shake 2 oz., of Vodka with 3 oz., of apple cider with ice; strain into glass
  • Garnish with an apple slice

We grabbed our plates and cocktails and headed to the outdoor living room to enjoy a toasty fire. Our souls were warmed on the outside by the fire and on the inside by the fun fall cocktail. It was a beautiful night for an easy night of outdoor entertaining.


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  1. What a marvelous and delicious sight! I want one of those martinis?

    1. Hi Dawn – Thank you! The martini’s were good and such an easy fun fall drink.