Take a look at blogger Erin Schrader’s stunning outdoor space. Below, she tells how she decorated it and shares tips for fall outdoor entertaining.
I can’t think of a better time to entertain outdoors than during the great months of fall. Between the crisp air, the spiced wine, and the beauty of leaves turning colors, it is a great time to gather with friends or family and soak up the last of the warm weather before the snow starts to fall and temperatures plummet.
We recently picked up some new furniture from Hayneedle in hopes that we would be able to seat more people and entertain more. Living on the water, our house tends to be the “hot spot” to gather, especially in the summer but also in the fall as we soak up the last of the boat rides and laps in the pool. I’d love to share with you a little bit of what entertaining in the fall looks like at our house and what pieces we found to be most beneficial for all of our party needs.
1. Large Dining Table
The first key in the equation is to have a table large enough to both seat your guests comfortably and hold a fall feast. We decided on a patio table and chairs set that does just that. Not only are the seats all sorts of comfortable, but the tablespace is also much larger than any other outdoor dining set we’ve ever had before.
Making things look a little more festive for the fall season is as simple as adding a few pumpkins, gourds, or mums to the table. Pull in natural pieces that can withstand the outdoor elements.
2. Add More Serving Space
To offer yourself a little more serving space, consider adding a potting bench to your outdoor area. When I saw this potting bench, all of the light bulbs in my head went off as I thought about what we could use this for. A lot of people may not automatically think of this piece as a great serving option. However, I love the different things you can do with it!
Whether you use it as a coffee bar; hot chocolate and s’mores station; or a place to house the wine, cheese, and crackers, it can be a wonderful addition to any patio. We filled up our potting bench with some festive fall decor (again, be mindful of what you put on it as it will be sitting outdoors) and used it as a place for friends to fill up their glasses and get appetizers before dinner.
3. Create a Lounge Space
Of course, after you’re full from dinner, you need a place to get a little more comfortable and as the night cools, a place to gather around a warm fire. We got this conversation set last year and it has held up wonderfully (side note – we do store our furniture over the winter either in the shed or garage).
We added a hanging egg chair this year for a little fun place to hang. In addition, we added a fire table because what’s a patio without a fire? With a turn of a switch, you can have a warm fire within seconds. To add a little extra light to your space once dusk hits, I would consider adding some umbrellas that have lights underneath. It’s a great and easy way to add some ambiance to your patio once night hits. If you still need an extra seat or two, throw in a hay bale as a fun harvest touch.
With these simple pieces, you can entertain plenty all season long. What’s your favorite season for hosting?