In this post: Try these outdoor fall decorating ideas for a wonderful way to begin your Thanksgiving celebration by serving hors d’oeuvres on the patio.⇒
I’m not a football fan.
But I absolutely love the sound of football on TV in the fall! There’s just something about it that reminds me of how homey and family oriented this season is. And then I realize, no matter how much I prefer the warm weather, fall really is my favorite season. I love that it’s about the ingathering of family and launches several months of home-centered celebrations.
I’ve styled my patio to share with you my outdoor fall decorating ideas for when you’re lucky enough to have nice weather at your next fall gathering.
Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas
If you love eating outdoors as much as I do, you would no doubt relish the opportunity to serve outside for Thanksgiving or any fall gathering. But here in the northeast it begins to get cold as we move through the fall season.
Still, when blessed with a sunny autumn day, there are a few things you can do to spend time outside with family.
I like to set up hors d’oeuvres on the patio and begin at the warmest part of the day. I always do the main meal inside but serving drinks on the patio is a lovely way to get started. It’s shorter than a full meal and people can breeze in and out as they please.
I like to set the mood with seasonal flowers, starting with mums in my chinoiserie planters. Early in the season I use softer almost neutral colors, but as I get closer to Thanksgiving I’m often embracing a rich fall palette.
Here I’ve used blue and russet, an unusual color palette for me, but I found the blue to be a nice balance for the boldness of the orange tones.
For my floral arrangement I softened the stronger colors by mixing in bits of blush pink.
For added seating I brought a few of our tufted kitchen chairs out to the patio. I love the mini pumpkin branches in our Italian pottery vase.
There’s nothing more welcoming for guests than a couch that’s loaded with pillows. I try to make sure there are enough for comfort but not too many so that there’s nowhere to sit. The key is to know the depth of your seating and be sure they’re there to offer support for people of various heights.
A nice large tray makes it easy to carry food and drinks out from the kitchen.
Most important for this time of year is a nice selection of blankets. I love to curl up with a soft wool throw and sip a glass of wine to warm up. An outdoor rug under foot also helps keep away the cold.
Tiny appetizer plates are all that’s needs for serving hors d’oeuvres in this setting. I leave the large plates for the meal inside and serve mostly finger foods outside.
It’s delightful to spend a relaxed holiday enjoying fresh air with our loved ones.
Once we move inside for the meal, we know that’s where we’ll likely spend the next few months, so I enjoy this last cozy opportunity to celebrate my favorite season with family!
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