Turn on your oven, pile up those pumpkins, bust out the cider, and gather up some apples and pears. It’s time for fall entertaining in the kitchen!

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Today I’m so excited to be back for another fun, festive, and fall-inspired blogger collaboration: Seasons of Home. (Everyone will be linked at the end of this post.) My fellow bloggers and I will be showing you how we decorated our kitchens for the new season. We also decided to tie on our aprons and throw a recipe into the mix. If you’re looking for ideas for fall home decor, seasonal entertaining, and culinary creativity, you’ve come to the right place. So, be sure to check out the full line up of inspiration at the end of this post.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

As you may know (or in case you’re new, “Welcome!”), I recently moved from my home in the country to a new space in the city. While I certainly miss the charm and character of my 1917 house, it’s been a fun challenge to decorate a more modern apartment. Starting with a clean slate, I’ve made a lot of progress in just a few months, and Pittsburgh is truly starting to feel like home.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

A couple weeks ago I gave you a tour of my kitchen. In this post, I’m excited to welcome you back to see a few seasonal touches and a delicious spread of “pumpkin” cheeseballs … and a cocktail because “why not?”

As you can tell, the bulk of my fall decor is this festive display of tasty treats on my island. (We’ll get to that in a minute.) Living in a smaller space, I try to avoid excess stuff. Because I love to be in the kitchen, having it be functional is a top priority. (Of course, you know I can’t resist a pumpkin or two.)

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Wildflowers and a bowl of fresh apples from the farmers market add a touch of color to my countertops. The white ceramic pumpkin keeps things clean but gives the space a touch of autumn. Other pieces like cutting board and salt and pepper shakers serve a purpose and look stylish. I’ve also upgrade my soap dispensers.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Over against the sliding door to my balcony (which I’ll be showing you soon) is this butcher block stand that I found. It adds much-needed display, storage, and warmth to this area.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

This Spiced Pear Moscow Mule is the perfect cocktail recipe to celebrate the fall season.

Today, I decided to set up this space as a drink station. I’m serving Spiced Pear Moscow Mules and boy are they delicious. (The recipe will be posted on Thursday. Stay tuned for that.)

Aren’t those copper mugs so fun? You can find them here.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

The bottom shelf of the stand offers storage for my Staub pumpkin casserole dish, mixer, and canisters.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

The little stand that’s next to it is purely a decorative touch. (I needed places for all my plants after going plant crazy this summer.) However, things could be rearranged to make it functional if needed.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I’m also slowly starting to hang artwork around my apartment, which, by the way, is a great way to make a place feel more like home. I found these rustic trays at a local thrift store. They are the perfect backdrop for a fun and seasonal sign I picked up at HomeGoods.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

You may have also noticed I started a collection of white vases and serveware on top of my upper cabinets. While I’m not typically a fan of displaying things above cabinets, I think a collection of like items (that I actually use) makes it feel more intentional, rather than “just a space that needs to be decorated.”

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

And finally, the piece de resistance, the “pumpkin” cheeseball spread on my island.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I get that a cheeseball is kind of basic. However, when done in the right way, I think it can be a fun appetizer. (Remember my “apple” cheeseballs from a few years ago? They are still one of my favorites.) Plus, who doesn’t like a big ball of cheese?

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

For this presentation. I made two: an Everything Bagel Cheeseball and a Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball. (You can grab the recipes and read more about them here.) To make them a bit more seasonal. I broke off two stems from pie pumpkins and popped the stems on the cheeseballs. I also used a little trick to create some grooves in them. It’s little details like this that create the illusion of pumpkins.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.


Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

And because two cheese balls weren’t enough to make a grand display, I doubled one of the recipes and split it into three parts to make three additional balls. While the base of the cheeseball was the same, I wanted to get a bright orange looking pumpkin so I crushed up a secret ingredient, and rolled them in that. I’d say the color was perfect. Wouldn’t you?

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball | Inspired by Charm

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Again, for full recipes and details on the cheeseballs (and that secret ingredient), click here.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

With the cheeseballs made, I assembled the display, starting with a cutting board and cake stand I picked up at HomeGoods. I used colorful ceramic berry baskets I had along with jars to hold crackers and breadsticks for dipping. Then I filled in the display with goodies from the farmers market: mini pumpkins, gourds, grapes, and these adorable baby eggplants.

Voila! Boring cheeseballs? I think not.

And with that, fall entertaining in the kitchen can commence.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoyed seeing my kitchen with a few seasonal touches, “snacking” on “pumpkin” cheeseballs, and “drinking” Spiced Pear Moscow Mules.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

And because I got a little carried away (as you can see), I ended up setting my dining table and giving my bar cabinet a sprinkle of the season. Since this post is long enough, I’m inviting you back here tomorrow so I can show you those fall touches as well. I’d love it if you’d join me.

Festive home decor ideas and delicious recipes for Fall Entertaining in the Kitchen | Inspired by Charm

Until then, have fun touring the beautiful spaces (complete with recipes) below. If you weren’t quite ready for fall, I think you will be after this tour. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Ella Claire | Shades of Blue Interiors | Dear Lillie | Love Grows Wild

Craftberry Bush | Nesting with Grace | Rooms for Rent | Julie Blanner

Jeanne Oliver | Kindred Vintage | French Country Cottage | My Sweet Savannah

Jennifer Rizzo

and our featured guest this week, Michael from Inspired by Charm

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Comments

  • Jennifer Rizzo at

    Your place looks amazing! And those pumpkin cheese balls are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Happy fall!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awwww! Thank you so much!! <3

      xo Michael

  • Lucy AKINS at

    Umm…is it bad that it’s only 8:30 am and I’m craving everything, even the Moscow Mules…? I might need to keep an eye on that…lol As usual, you are amazing!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. It happens to the best of us. 😉

      And you are so sweet. I’ve always looked up to you and your work so a compliment from you means so much.

      xo Michael

  • Daniel @ OneFawnPug at

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes and presentation ideas! Your new kitchen has really come alive.

  • Karen at

    Simply amazing Michael! Those cheese balls are anything but basic, so creative and beautifully executed. Coming here is always a treat for the eyes!! and now I’m starving

  • Kristen at

    So lovely and creative Michael! I can’t get over those cheese balls! They are so fun!

  • courtney at

    Seriously… delicious -I cannot believe those pretty little pumpkins are cheese balls! And I love your kitchen and fall touches Michael!!! So charming!!!

  • Debra W at

    I absolutely love everything about your kitchen. Amazing!!!! The cheese pumpkins are cute and sound delicious.

  • Marci at

    Your recipes are amazing! I don’t drink and I am racking my brain to think of which friend will make all of these delicious cocktails so I can live vicariously through them. 🙂

  • Jeanne Oliver at

    Your kitchen is amazing! Love the cabinet color so much too. Don’t you love that light? We have that in our bedroom and it makes the space.

  • Julie Blanner at

    I’ll be right over for a Spiced Pear Moscow Mule! Gorgeous images, as always.

  • Krissy Danburg at

    I love that butcher block table near your balcony. Care to share where you found it?

  • Rachel at

    Michael I’m so glad you joined us this last week! Your kitchen is so fun and different (in the best way possible)– I love how you added that island and the pendant light to create style and function in such an open space. Also your pumpkin shaped cheese balls are adorable. Love everything you do.

  • Izzy at

    I’m so happy to have found your blog! Love your creativity and beautiful pics. I’m looking forward to your future posts!

  • Diana at

    Love your blog! Is the island/cart a new purchase? Where can I find it (or something very similar)?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It came with my apartment, so I don’t have a source for it. Sorry about that!

      xo Michael

  • Design Chic at

    I love everything about your kitchen – so perfect, but cannot get over the cheese ball pumpkins. They are amazing!! Happy weekend!

  • Sarah at

    I love the Sugar and Flour canisters! Do you mind sharing where you found them?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! They were a HomeGoods find.

      xo Michael

  • Dixie Demchak at

    This article gave me fall fever. I will definitely be trying out your pumpkin cheeseballs.
    Beautiful space,Michael

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