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Warm up your outdoor entertaining for fall

Ashley Phipps is an Interior Designer, NCIDQ #25242, living in the Indianapolis area. She is also the author, designer and creator of the blog Simply Designing. You can follow Ashley at her blog, and on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Pin...

Warm up for fall entertaining

It's easy to warm up your exteriors for fall entertaining by adding a few simple do-it-yourself touches to your backyard. Check out these four fabulous ideas that are perfect for fall entertaining!
1

Light up the night

Light up the trees

Once fall begins and daylight starts to fade quickly during the evening hours, our exterior lights simply aren't sufficient to light our entire outdoor space for entertaining. So get creative and bring out your holiday string lights or purchase some fun globe string lights to add additional lighting to your space. You can always hang your lights from a pergola or from tree to tree. Another option is to wrap string lights around existing tree trunks the way Laurie from Laurie Jones Home did. This adds light, sparkle and excitement to your space without a lot of effort or cost.

2

DIY apple votives

Apple votives

An exterior table provides a lovely platform to decorate for the seasons. During the fall, consider decorating your table with centerpieces made of natural elements like leaves, sticks, pumpkins and apple arrangements. If you love to DIY, create apple votives like these by Ashley from Simply Designing. This very simple craft takes only a few minutes. Apple votives can create a beautiful fall centerpiece while adding a bit of additional mood lighting to your fall entertaining.

3

S'mores bar

S'mores bar

When entertaining outdoors during the fall, it is important to consider your food choices. Fall means it is time to ditch the picnic foods. Because fall evenings tend to be cooler, fall outdoor entertaining is perfect for warm grilled foods and comfort soups. For dessert, consider a DIY s'mores bar like this one that Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom created. Not only are s'mores a great fall food, but your guests can warm up by your fire while roasting marshmallows as well. And s'mores are a perfect treat for young and old! (Just be sure to watch little children near any fire.)

4

Cozy outdoor seating

Cozy outdoor seating

Creating a functional outdoor seating and conversation area is always a lovely way to add to any entertaining space. You can keep your guests warm during fall entertaining by centering your seating area on a fire pit as Laurie from Laurie Jones Home did. Whether you want to DIY and dig your own fire pit or purchase a premade one from your local hardware store, you can create a similar seating area for not much effort or cost. To make your exterior seating area even more cozy, add a few warm blankets so your guests can bundle up on cool fall nights. You can also surround your fire pit with tiki torches, as Laurie did, to cast extra light as well as keep bugs at bay.

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