10 ways to upgrade your outdoor space for fall entertaining
The arrival of fall brings with it fiery foliage, exuberant game days and cool but comfortable outside temperatures. While the changing seasons may have you thinking about tidying up and tidying up your patio, don’t give up on outdoor fun just yet! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the fresh air, especially if you fill your patio or deck with a few essentials to keep you entertained and warm.
Ahead, you’ll find everything you need to have a fall BBQ, throw a football party in the comfort of your backyard, and even cook up outdoor feasts right up until Thanksgiving.
1. Smoke-free fireplace
Staying warm is one of the biggest concerns in the fall. With a good fireplace, you can rest assured that you will enjoy the great outdoors all season long! We are particularly captivated by the Solo Stove Fire Pit 2.0. The smokeless wood burning fireplace is ideal for gathering to warm up without the pesky smell and watery eyes associated with smoky fireplaces. You can also take advantage of Solo Stove’s range of accessories like the Cast iron cooktop. Best of all, unlike its predecessor, it comes with a removable fire base and ashtray, making it easy to clean up after an evening by the fire.
2. Sleek Patio Heater
Finding a quality patio heater often requires balancing budget and style. This is not the case with the Pamapic patio heater! For around $200, this patio heater produces 42,000 BTUs of heat (ideal for warming a small area) with options for temperature adjustment and regulation via its variable heat setting and built-in control valve. Its pyramid design is not only geometric and elegant, but also safe to use. Pamapic’s wider base helps prevent tipping, while the safety valve automatically shuts off in the event of tipping. Meanwhile, a metal cage surrounds the quartz glass tube for fire protection.
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3. Waterproof speaker
Bring your music outside into the elements with the JBL Flip 4 waterproof Bluetooth speaker, which has over 100,000 rave reviews on Amazon. It provides up to 12 hours of continuous audio playback to keep everyone entertained for the duration of the party. This speaker can wirelessly connect to up to two smartphones at once, so people can take turns DJing. It also features an upgraded, durable fabric material and rugged rubber casing, making it ideal for withstanding the elements.
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4. Smart outdoor string lights
Don’t let dusk curtail the enjoyment of your garden. Govee smart outdoor string lights take traditional hanging lights to the next level with a multi-color controlled experience. You can easily change bulb colors, dim lights, create scenes like marquee lighting or light patterns that sync to music, and more through a mobile app. The lights are also shatterproof and waterproof, making them ideal for year-round enjoyment on the patio.
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5. Outdoor TV
Whether you want to enjoy movie night under the stars or make your football watching party feel like a tailgating event, an outdoor TV is a great addition to the backyard. But not just any outdoor TV. While a regular option is bound to succumb to the elements, a weatherproof option will last for years to come. The Samsung Terrace Series Outdoor TV delivers vivid and bright 4k QLED picture quality even in daylight. Its IP55 rating ensures the TV is protected from the elements, so it won’t rust or suffer water damage issues. Its wide viewing angle ensures no amount of glare dares to spoil the big game, while built-in Alexa, Google Assistant or Bixby and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity allow for a seamless, dimensional experience.
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6. Throw a blanket
A cozy throw doubles as decoration, making it one of our favorite pieces during hygge season. Your search for a super insulating yet breathable, machine washable yet comfortable and stylish one has come to an end with the PuTian Merino Wool Blanket. The Large 63-inch by 87-inch Loom Woven Outdoor Throw features a geometric pattern in a burnt orange hue that’s made for fall. It also contains no fire retardants or added colorants, which is important for the plans to warm up around a fire.
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7. Pizza oven
If you’re ready to take it easy on the grill but still love a people-pleasing outdoor meal, consider a pizza oven. Solo Stove’s Pi Pizza Oven is an easy tabletop option that can go from serving classic wood-fired pies to baking pizzas using a gas burner attachment. Its semi-dome construction and panoramic opening have been designed to make it as easy as possible to slide your pizza in, around and, above all, out.
As temperatures drop, appetites for comfort foods increase – a problem best solved by a day of slowly roasting meat outdoors. We love that the Traeger Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill, powered by wood pellets, is multi-purpose. The device can smoke, grill, bake, roast, braise and barbecue, great for entertaining on any occasion, whether it’s game day or turkey day.
9. Leaf Blower
A quality leaf blower will make outdoor time a whole lot easier this fall. Rather than struggling with leaves with a rake before guests visit, clean up your deck or patio in minutes with a cordless leaf blower. Our top recommendation from testing is the Worx 40V Power Share Turbine Cordless Leaf Blower. It features variable speeds that let you go fast and heavy, slow and light, or somewhere in the middle depending on the task at hand. We love that it only weighs 7.3 pounds and also offers one-handed control!
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10. Inflatable hot tub
Add fun, warmth and relaxation to the backyard this fall with the four person inflatable hot tub you never knew you needed. A total of 120 bubble jets create a luxurious spa experience without the high price tag, and its digital control panel lets you adjust the water temperature (up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit) and jets to your liking. It’s built to last, thanks to its puncture-resistant tri-tech material and I-beam construction. The manufacturer recommends using it only on days warmer than 39 degrees Fahrenheit, but that should have you covered for many autumn days.