Food ideas for fall gathering

We just moved to a new apartment and are having some friends over to celebrate in a few weekends. We are expecting any where from 8-15 people. We will be having a bunch of apps but want to do a main dish that can be put out and eaten throughout the night (no sit down dinner). Preferably something that says "autumn", that can be mostly prepared ahead of time, and will hold over well on the counter or in the oven . We just were at a party that had yummy tacos and sliders, so would rather not copy those. We thought of doing a big pasta bake but wanted to see if there are any other brilliant ideas out there.

Any other fall ideas are welcome. We are going to also have mulled wine and spiked cider.


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