Gather Together: Fall Birthday Party

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Celebrate a loved one’s fall birthday with dishes that will please every palate, no matter the age. Your family will love sharing the special occasion, especially with a menu like this.

Fall-Party-Decor

Create the Look

  • Make the dinner festive with a seasonal color palette suitable for all ages and both genders. (We chose natural colors with an accent of gold for our fall birthdays.)  
  • Bring subtle pattern to the table setting with linens.
  • Keep decorations simple—sometimes the birthday cake can serve as your centerpiece.
  • Make birthday hats for use as place cards. Download the template here. Then, using kraft paper, cut out and secure the edges with tape. Attach gold-glitter letters to spell out guests’ names, and glue a gold pom-pom to each hat.
  • For small, additional decorative touches, incorporate greenery and candles. 
  • Pick gift wrap and bows that complement each other. Arranged on a table, the presents can add to the celebratory ambiance.

Fall-Placesetting

A Festive Fall Menu

Wow your guests with a comforting and satisfying fall feast to please all ages.

Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
42 min
Total Time
1 hr 12 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
42 min
Total Time
1 hr 12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 pound ground round
  2. 1/2 
pound ground mild Italian sausage
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1/3 
cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  5. 1/4 cup grated onion
  6. 2 
tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
  7. 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  9. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  10. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  11. 1 cup diced onion
  12. 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  13. 1 
(8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
  14. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  15. 4 cups marinara sauce
  16. 1 
(16-ounce) package spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
  17. 2 
cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  18. 1 
cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  19. Garnish: chopped fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack over pan, and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground meats, next 4 ingredients, 
1/2 teaspoon salt, and next 
2 ingredients. Form mixture into 
1 3/4-inch balls. Place on prepared rack, and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Spray a 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 5 to 6 minutes or until vegetables are slightly tender. Add mushrooms and garlic, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add marinara sauce and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring to combine. Add cooked pasta, 
1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack, and 1/2 cup mozzarella, stirring to combine. Spoon into prepared dish; top with meatballs and remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack and remaining 
1/2 cup mozzarella. Cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover, and bake 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted.
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Puffy Parmesan Breadsticks
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  2. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  3. 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  5. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/2 
cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Spray 
2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, unfold pastry sheets, and roll each into a 10-inch square. Cut each sheet into 12 strips.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter and next 3 ingredients.
  4. Brush pastry strips with butter mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Gently twist strips, and place on prepared pans. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Triple Chocolate Brownie Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting
Makes 1 (9-inch) cake
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
22 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 (18.9-ounce) boxes chocolate chunk brownie mix*
  2. 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  7. 1 cup white chocolate morsels
  8. Caramel Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows)
  9. Garnish: semisweet chocolate morsels, white chocolate morsels, chopped caramel candy squares
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with baking spray with flour. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper; spray with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, combine brownie mixes and next 4 ingredients. Beat with a mixer at medium speed for 1 minute or until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour and white chocolate morsels. Add to brownie mixture, beating just until combined.
  4. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans, smoothing tops with an offset spatula. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Run a knife around edges of pans to release sides. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  6. Spread Caramel Buttercream Frosting between layers and on top of cake. Garnish with semisweet chocolate morsels, white chocolate morsels, and chopped caramel candy squares, if desired.
  7. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours or until firm.
Notes
  1. *We used Betty Crocker Triple Chunk Supreme Brownie Mix.
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Caramel Buttercream Frosting
Makes about 6 cups
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Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 8 egg whites
  3. 2 3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
  4. 3/4 cup hot caramel topping*
Instructions
  1. In the top of a double boiler, whisk sugar and egg whites until combined. Cook over simmering water until a candy thermometer registers 140°; do not stir. Immediately pour mixture into the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer. Beat at high speed for
  2. 10 minutes; reduce speed to medium-low.
  3. With mixer running, add butter, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in caramel topping until combined. (Frosting may appear separated.) Increase speed to medium-high, and beat for 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth. Keep at room temperature until ready to use.
Notes
  1. *We used Smucker’s Hot Caramel Topping.
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