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Kate Reed from Angela Reed

Kate Reed, Co-Owner Angela Reed

Discover perfect ideas for style enjoying being outdoors with friends and family even though the season has transitioned.

Autumn is the Perfect Outdoor Season

Autumn is a beautiful season that brings cooler temperatures, colourful foliage, and the perfect opportunity to host outdoor gatherings. Whether you're planning a cosy garden gathering or an elegant dinner party under the stars, hosting outdoors in autumn can create unforgettable memories. In this guide, we'll share some tips and ideas to help you make the most of your outdoor events during this magical time of year.

1. Embrace the Seasonal Decor

One of the best things about hosting outdoors in autumn is the abundance of natural decor at your disposal. Take advantage of the vibrant colours by incorporating them into your table settings and overall aesthetic. Consider using pumpkins as centrepieces or scattered around your outdoor space.


You can also add warmth and cosiness with blankets, pillows, and string lights to create an inviting atmosphere, offering your loved ones a way to keep warm when it gets chillier.


2. Plan for Cooler Temperatures

While autumn weather can be pleasant during the day, it's important to plan for cooler temperatures as the sun sets. Provide warm blankets or throws for your guests to keep them comfortable throughout the evening. If you have a fire pit or outdoor heater, make sure it's set up and ready to use. Encourage guests to dress in layers so they can adjust their clothing accordingly, but be sure to have your own way of keeping everyone warm.

3. Serve Seasonal Delights

Autumn is known for its delicious flavors and harvest-inspired dishes. Incorporate seasonal ingredients like apples, pumpkins, squash, and cinnamon into your menu. Serve warm beverages such as apple cider or mulled wine to keep your guests cozy from the inside out. Don't forget about desserts! Apple pie or pumpkin spice treats are always crowd-pleasers during this time of year.

4.Create Cosy Seating Areas

Make sure you have plenty of seating options for your guests to relax and enjoy each other's company. Arrange comfortable chairs or benches around a central focal point, such as a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Add lots of soft cushions and snuggly blankets to make the seating areas extra cosy and inviting. 


If you have limited seating, consider renting additional chairs or using picnic blankets for a casual, bohemian vibe.

5. Prepare for Inclement Weather

Autumn weather can be unpredictable, so it's essential to have a backup plan in case of rain or strong winds. Consider renting a tent or marquee to provide shelter for your guests if this is a special event. 


If you don't have access to a covered area, make sure you have umbrellas or pop-up canopies on hand. Having an indoor space available as an alternative is also a good idea.

6. Set the Mood with Lighting

As the days get shorter in autumn, lighting becomes even more important for creating ambience. Use string lights, lanterns, or candles to illuminate your outdoor space and add a warm glow. Consider incorporating LED candles for safety if children or pets will be present. Dim the lights around your seating areas to create a cosy and intimate atmosphere.

7. Plan Activities

In addition to enjoying good food and company, consider planning some fun activities for your outdoor gathering. Organise a friendly game of cricket or set up a pumpkin carving station. Better still, our favourite is a game of Corn Hole! These activities will keep everyone entertained and add an extra element of enjoyment to your evening.

Hosting outdoors in autumn allows you to embrace the beauty of the season and create lasting memories. By following these tips, you'll be well-prepared to host an unforgettable outdoor gathering that celebrates all that autumn has to offer. So gather your loved ones, immerse yourself in the colours of autumn, and enjoy a wonderful time together in the great outdoors.

Remember, autumn outdoors is a magical season - make the most of it!

September 12, 2023 — Kate Reed