The days are shorter, the temperatures are cooler, and kids are back in school.
You’ve said goodbye to summer socials, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put away your apron and stow the patio furniture. Autumn is one of the best times of the year for outdoor entertaining, and with a few smart tips you’ll fall in love with hosting fall gatherings.
Extend the fun feeling of summer entertaining into the autumn months by taking a few simple steps to create a memorable experience.
Switch up dishes. The cool dishes of summer should be swapped with savory recipes that feature hearty ingredients. A roast or slow-cooker meal is the perfect option. Visit a farmers market and offer local fresh-harvest foods. In addition to standard drinks like water and soda, offer a signature warm beverage, such as spicy hot apple cider.
Enjoy the night. Autumn evenings are spectacular, with cool temperatures and star-studded skies. Serve dinner al fresco and then ask guests to stay to gather around the bonfire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Add an element of entertainment, and guests will enjoy themselves all night.
Make movie magic. To really wow guests, host an outdoor movie experience day or night. Some of the latest smart TV laser projectors have jumbo pictures with impressive visibility, sharp contrast and rich blacks, even when there is abundant ambient light. You can stream your favorite services just as you would on a smart TV, creating a seamless viewing (and hosting) experience.
Set up superior sound. Whether you’re setting the mood with some music or enhancing the movie-viewing experience, a quality speaker makes entertaining easy. High-wattage Bluetooth speaker systems can fill your room (or backyard) with booming audio. Plus, with some products’ karaoke features, you can suppress the vocal frequencies of any song to turn it into a karaoke track, which is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
Mind the weather. Fall weather can change drastically throughout a day. Encourage guests to dress in layers so that attire for daylight fun can transition into warmer wear for evening hours. Keep a couple of extra jackets on hand in case guests forget and need a light coat.
Create a cozy atmosphere. Whether you’re watching a movie, stargazing or sitting around the bonfire, help guests stay warm by setting out a variety of throw blankets and outdoor pillows. Nothing encourages guests to cozy up and stay longer than a big blanket, a fun flick and a mug of something warm.
Light the night. Cloudy days or early evening hours don’t have to ruin your good time. Add a soft glow and an element of safety by adding string lights to railings and pathways. For kids attending the party, bracelet and necklace glow lights are always a big hit. For bonfire and movie spaces, add a basket of flashlights guests can use as needed.
Perfect parting gifts. If you decide to offer favors when guests depart, embrace the fall feeling and consider goodies they can savor later while reminiscing about your party. Mini apple or pumpkin pies are cute and creative. Caramel apples are a tasty autumn delight. A container featuring a variety of tea will keep them warm all season long.
Once you try autumn entertaining, it might become your favorite time of year to host friends and family. With these tips, everyone is guaranteed to have a splendid time.