The days are getting shorter. The air is getting cooler. But don’t pack up the patio furniture just yet. Fall is one of the best seasons for outdoor entertaining. Think game-day barbecues against a backdrop of autumn foliage or cozy gatherings around a fire. All you need to do is make a few simple seasonal adjustments to your outdoor space. To help, we’ve complied some of our favorites below for your next fall gathering.
1. Add a Fire Pit for Outdoor Gatherings
Fall and fire pits go hand-in-hand. Not only does a fire pit provide warmth, it sets the mood and creates an intimate gathering spot for guests. The best part? They come in all styles, including portable pits that can easily be stored or moved out of the wind. Just make sure you have comfy seating and plenty of marshmallows. For more inspiration, check out HGTV’s Cool Fire Pit Ideas.
2. Decorate with Festive Flourishes
Give your deck or patio a quick and easy fall makeover with assorted pumpkins and seasonal flowers like mums. Bales of hay with colorful pillows can also double as extra seating for guests. For evening time, display pumpkin spice-scented candles and a basket of warm, cozy blankets.
3. Toast the Season
It’s time to retire the rosé for the year. As the leaves turn, feature a fall-inspired signature drink like an apple cider mimosa or offer a seasonal craft beer from a local brewery. For chillier days, serve up something warm like pumpkin chai tea or salted caramel hot chocolate. For more ideas, check out this roundup of 45 Autumnal Cocktails Perfect for the Crisp Days of Fall from Town & Country magazine.
4. Compete in Friendly Outdoor Games
Outdoor games will be more popular as the summer heat fades. Nothing sets the tone like a Giant Jenga in the center of your patio or deck. Add a few yard games like horse shoes, ring toss, or cornhole. Or test out new favorites like Kan Jam or Spikeball.
5. Fire Up the Grill
Food brings everyone together. Lure your guests to the table with fall comfort foods you can make right on the grill. Add some sizzle to a timeless autumn classic, like butternut squash, or try several other delicious ideas in a collection of Our Favorite Fall Grilling Recipes from Southern Living.
6. Host Parties in Your Outdoor Kitchen
Nothing makes outdoor entertaining more convenient and enjoyable than an outdoor kitchen. Not only are they becoming more popular, they’re getting more elaborate, featuring tricked-out grilling stations, wine refrigerators, and even built-in pizza ovens. When you don’t have go back and forth from inside to outside, you can keep the flow of your fall solstice celebration going just like the beer in the tap you’ve installed. Seasonal entertaining on a foundation that lasts To keep the setting for your fall entertaining in great shape, high-quality materials that can withstand the elements are essential for your outdoor living space. TimberTech decking materials are low maintenance and weather resistant, making them excellent alternatives to natural wood. Because TimberTech decks resist moisture, mildew, and rot, you’ll be able to host fall gatherings for decades to come.
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