Tips for Entertaining Outdoors in the Fall!
The early autumn season offers crisp clear skies, and beautiful fall foliage as the perfect backdrop for a party, and is not to be wasted indoors! While the weather may certainly be colder, there is still plenty of opportunity to entertain friends and family outdoors, with a few adjustments to make sure all your guests are cozy and comfortable! Need a few ideas on how to make your outdoor fall party a hit? Look no further!
String lights: Nothing sets a warmer tone more than appropriate mood lighting. When strung across your porch or patio and extended across your backyard (trees, shrubbery, posts, gazebo), these low-lights paint a soft, gentle glow to the party and highlight the landscaping in all it’s autumn glory! You can also contribute to the autumn feel by placing candles, lanterns, or Jack O’Lanterns around your yard to really keep with the season.
Fun Games: Fun games are a great way to keep energy up among guests and get body heat flowing, especially if it’s a crisp night! In keeping with the harvest theme, a pumpkin carving contest, a wreath making party, haystack bowling, horseshoes or corn hole, are all great options!
Gather Round the Bonfire: Surround your fire pit or fire table with some patio chairs and watch as your guests gather round! A crackling outdoor fire creates the perfect warmth and atmosphere to induce flowing conversation and laughs! Be sure to have plenty of fireside snacks for your guests to munch on! We suggest a festive charcuterie assortment to pass around; hotdogs for spider wienies and of course all the fixing for toasting marshmallows for s’mores! If your entertaining space in not large enough to accommodate a full fire pit or fire table, you can also find mini tabletop fireplaces for display, and while these aren’t made for roasting they can still work to set the right mood.
Cozy Blankets at the Ready: When entertaining outdoors in the fall, the weather is certain to be chillier, especially as the sun goes down. To keep guest happy, have plenty of blankets, quilts and cuddly throws at the ready so your guest can wrap themselves up in comfort and warmth!
Offer Seasonal Drinks: Brewing up seasonal fall cocktails for your gathering is not only on theme, but adds a personal touch to the party your guests are sure to appreciate! Also offer them warm beverages, like pumpkin spice tea/coffee, hot apple cider or hot chocolate! There are plenty of online inspirations to jazz up your fall drinks to make them super fun and festive!
Host an outdoor Movie Screening! A great way to bring entertainment to your outdoor autumn party is to host an outdoor movie night! You can purchase a projector and screen online or at your local department or electronics store. Most projectors are compatible with a number of different electronic players, so you should have no problem screening your film of choice with ease! Gather round the lawn chairs, pass around the popcorn and settle in!
Fall Table Settings & Decor: Fall is all about the warm colour palette (think gold, plumb, orange and red), so keep this in mind when choosing your autumn décor. Choose table settings that embrace the nature of the fall season and that are sure to be festive and inviting and will work to take your dinner party to the next level! Chrysanthemums, Black-eyed Susans, Pussy Willows and Purple Fountain Grass are all big hits around this time of year! If you’re on a budget, you can find some excellent artificial floral and plenty of seasonal décor like wood crates, mini-artificial pumpkins, festive garland, a pre-made centerpiece, various table setting elements, and more, all at your local home décor store. Embrace the beauty of nature and the rustic appeal of the season and give your home that farmhouse appeal!
Choose the Right Menu! There’s no perfect food to choose when it comes to planning your fall dinner party menu, but there’s plenty to consider! Consider what foods most come to mind when you think of the season and all it’s special occasions, and try to work your menu around that! If it’s before thanksgiving, why not host a ‘Friendsgiving’ with all the major thanksgiving staples? If you have an outdoor pizza oven, host a build your own pizza party! The fall season has plenty of indulgent foods to choose from, pumpkin or butternut squash soup, warm bread and cured meats, cheeses and jams, delicious pastas or casseroles, steamy biscuits and gravy, savoury pot roast and mash! Not to mention the desserts, you can’t go wrong with a delicious baked pie or a candy apple bar to add a little extra flare to your dessert! There are so many wonderful and mouth-watering recipes to choose from. Do a little digging online and build your own amazing, festive menu!
Now that you have some ideas on how to host the best outdoor fall get-together, you can start sending out your invitations (on theme of course)! Need more advice on how to take your autumn party to the next level? I’m here to help!