Fall is for Backyard Entertaining
Just because the thermometer has lost a few degrees, it doesn’t mean it’s time to go into indoor hibernation. For many folks, Fall is the perfect time of year for backyard entertaining. The air is crisp, the temperature is not as oppressive as August – and the autumn leaves set a beautiful backdrop for a family or neighborhood get together.
As the cooler fall weather sets in, you may want to add small heaters around seating areas to keep you and your guests warm. A halogen heater can be added underneath an umbrella for patio and pool areas. These can knock off the chill without wrecking your budget.
A fire pit is a great backyard addition as well. There are options in any budget range. Not only can they put out some heat, they quickly become the focal point of your outdoor gathering place. Just a couple of surrounding chairs and you’re ready to roast marshmallows, talk and relax.
Depending upon your backyard design, you might find a perfect place to mount an outdoor television. It is surprising how many households are on this trend. What better place for a fall football tailgate party than your own backyard?
Now the stage is set – here are some additional ideas for enjoying your outdoor living space this fall.
a Neighborhood Pitch-in
This is a great way to connect with neighbors in a relaxed and conversational setting. To encourage socializing, set up areas of seating where small groups can gather. Arrange food and drink stations to encourage guests to move about the area. Fall décor, like pumpkins and hay bales will add to the festivities.
a Haunted Experience
Kids love Halloween! Create a spooky backyard experience complete with spider webs and scary ghosts. Games and crafts are a great way to entertain. Bobbing for apples and pin the boo on the ghost are sure to entertain. Host a costume contest with awards for scariest, most original, and funniest costumes. Set-up trick-or-treat stations where kids can do a craft to earn a treat. Let your imagination go wild.
Up the Grill
Fall is the perfect time for outdoor cooking. Grilling adds flavor to foods and makes clean up easy. Outdoor cooking is a great way to socialize with friends while enjoying the changing leaves and crisp air. So bring out the steaks and veggies and get cooking.
Break with the Ordinary
Serve seasonal cocktails your next gathering! Search the internet for adult drinks with fall ingredients like bourbon, pecans, cinnamon, apples or richly flavored liquors or Kailua. Anyone can load up on Octoberfest brews and pumpkin spiced beverages. Why not show a little style and imagination!
Whatever choices you make, your guests will appreciate the extra effort of a little bit a fall flair in your backyard. Enjoy the season!