Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice: A Delightful Autumn Theme Party

Pumpkin & Cheese

As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp, it’s time to embrace the beloved flavors of fall, particularly the irresistible allure of pumpkin spice.

A Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice theme party is an ideal way to celebrate the flavors of autumn and create lasting memories with friends and loved ones. So, gather your favorite pumpkin spice-inspired cheeses, uncork the perfect wines, and savor the warm and inviting essence of this delightful seasonal celebration.

Celebrate this seasonal sensation by hosting your own Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice theme party.

To kick start your imagination, here a few delectable cheese options

  • A Cheeseboard,
  • Hot Cheese Snacks, and…
  • Seasonal Drinks to complement Thanksgiving cheese’s warm spicey notes.

What is pumpkin spice? A mixture of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove; commonly used for used for pumpkin pies.

The Big Pumpkin Cheeseboard

Create a tantalizing cheese board featuring pumpkin spice-infused options such as:

  • Gouda Flecked with Cinnamon Dust
  • Cheddar with Pumpkin Chutney
  • Stilton (the winter season is when its at its best)
  • Goats Cheese with Pumpkin Spice and Dried Apple

These cheeses boast a harmonious blend of earthy pumpkin, aromatic spices, and creamy goodness that will captivate your taste buds.

Don’t forget to offer a range of accompaniments to complete the tasting experience. Crusty bread or dried crackers, obviously but I do a big recommend on…

  • Dried Fruits
  • Honey Roasted Nuts
  • Roasted Chestnuts

Hot Pumpkin Cheese Snacks

Create a hot cheese starter or snack with

  • Spiced Pumpkin Jack Pockets
    • Ingredients: Monterey Jack, sliced jalapeño peppers, pittas, pumpkin spice
    • Grate the Jack and turn in the spice and peppers
    • Lightly toast and halve the pittas, opening up the pockets
    • Fill with the pumpkin Jack and oven bake until the cheese melts and the pittas appear toasted
  • Pumpkin Spice Fried Halloumi Sticks
    • Bake halloumi sticks in pumpkin spice
    • Drizzle with honey
  • Pumpkin Rarebit
    • Ingredients: Grated cheddar, cream, beer and pumpkin spice, sliced bread
    • Warm the cheddar, cream, beer and pumpkin spice in a pan and stir into a combined soft cheese melt
    • Toast the bread
    • Spread the melt over the cheese and grill

And to Drink?

To elevate the experience, carefully select wines that enhance the flavors of the pumpkin spice cheeses.

To add an interactive element to the party, consider hosting a pumpkin spice-inspired cocktail or mocktail station. Provide recipes for pumpkin spice martinis or hot spiced apple cider to further delight your guests’ senses and encourage creative mixology.

To get you started, here are some easy wins:

  • Zinfandel A rich and velvety Zinfandel with its notes of blackberry, cinnamon, and nutmeg will beautifully complement the savory and sweet profiles of the cheese
  • Riesling A sweet and aromatic Riesling with hints of apple, pear, and honey will provide a delightful contrast to the warm spices
  • Rum & Apple Hot toddies: warm up for the winter season
    • 50ml rum
    • 100ml warmed apple juice
    • 100ml hot water
    • 3 tsp honey
    • 2 tsp lemon juice
    • Optional – Pumpkin Spice

As the evening unfolds, encourage your guests to mingle, share their thoughts on the cheese and wine pairings, and revel in the cozy atmosphere.

Offering cinnamon sticks for stirring drinks adds a fragrant and festive touch that enhances the sensory experience.

Enjoy and be thankful!

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