Thanksgiving makes a great occasion for friends and family to slow down the hectic pace of life and gather together to reconnect with one another. If your family normally holds Thanksgiving indoors, taking the festivities outdoors is a great way to capitalize on the good weather and utilize your outdoor space before it truly becomes cold outside.
Have a Back-Up Plan
Should weather conditions take a turn for the worst (heavy rain or the temperature gets too low), it’s a great idea to have indoor space prepared to house your guests.
Consider Starting Earlier
Higher temperatures allow you to take advantage of more daylight and higher temperatures before the evening comes. For instance, starting Thanksgiving between 1:00 and 3:00 pm gives you plenty of light during your Thanksgiving dinner and your guests will likely be warmer.
Prepare Your Outdoor Living Space
Entertaining guests outdoors in the fall requires some planning to maximize the appearance of your space and ensure everyone’s comfort. The following are details you’ll want to consider for your event.
- Look into various ways to keep your outdoor space heated (e.g., fire pits, outdoor fireplaces or patio heaters). Since the temperature begins to drop much earlier in the fall, these additional sources of heat will be necessary.
- Ensure your outdoor space looks its best by removing any dead plants from flower beds, consider adding a rug to your stone patio or artificial lights for the evening hours.
- With shorter days comes less lighting, which means some form of artificial lighting should be incorporated into your plans, so you and your guests can enjoy.