6 Picks To Warm Up Your Outdoor Fall Party
Although summer’s coming to an end and the weather is cooling down, you can still entertain al fresco. Use these tools to keep guests happy and warm at your outdoor party.
1. Outdoor heater
This is your first line of defense against the fall chill, and free-standing models offer excellent flexibility. Propane heaters work for large areas but require a tank. Electric models radiate less heat, but they’re flame-free. Or think outside the box, and go for a heater that doubles as a bistro table.
2. Fire pit
A hub of smokin’ hot fire warms cold hands and makes any gathering infinitely more intimate. Choose a compact bowl for portability, a larger, stationary model as a focal point in your outdoor living space, or something chic and in between.
3. Cozy seating
Come fall, a stylish loveseat makes an especially snug perch for socializing. And guests probably won’t mind a tight squeeze when it’s nippy (because body heat). Or go even cozier by choosing an outdoor daybed with or without a canopy.
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4. An outdoor rug
A soft, sumptuous rug underfoot takes the chill off a hard, cold patio floor. Plus, guests will feel like they’re hanging out in your living room. Look for durable and weather-resistant options in autumnal tones and patterns. And don’t forget about a nonslip pad to prevent sliding and protect your rug.
5. Furry pillows and blankets
These are no-brainers when the temperature drops. Toasty, touchable fabrics like wool and cashmere blends and chenille are smart options. Heated blankets work, too.
6. Night lights
How do you encourage guests to stay after the sun goes down? Lighting and food (like sticky Asian chicken wings!). String lights are trendy, add festive flair, and they’re versatile enough for any space. Try solar-powered LED string lights, a vintage look with classic bulbs, or an adorable grapevine style that’s Instagram-worthy.