Your outdoor space is the perfect place to gather with friends and family, especially during cooler seasons like fall. However, if you’re a new homeowner or someone who’s just cultivated the perfect backyard space for entertaining, you might not be sure how to prepare for a fall party. If this is the case, let’s take a look at eight easy ways to prepare your backyard space for a fall party your guests are sure to remember.
1. Spray Your Backyard Area to Defend Against Pests
Pests can quickly bring down the mood of a backyard party, forcing you and your guests to go inside. More importantly, some pests in the backyard during fall can easily turn into an infestation inside your home. Have your backyard sprayed for pests so you and your guests can enjoy your outdoor space.
2. Spruce Up Your Yard
Take care to spruce up your yard so that everything is in order for your guests. This might include cutting the grass, adding flowers to bare areas, and fixing any parts of your landscaping that look worn out or broken.
3. Wipe Down and Dust Any Patio Furniture
Your patio furniture is going to be used during your party as guests wind down and relax. Make sure that everything is guest-ready by dusting your patio furniture and wiping it down with a wet rag so that it’s clean by the time the event rolls around.
4. Invest in Outdoor Heaters
Because this is a fall party, temperature drops are to be expected. Invest in freestanding outdoor heaters so that way your guests can stay warm throughout the party. You might even want to consider built-in heaters or features like outdoor fireplaces and fire pits if you plan on entertaining often.
5. Clean and Prep Your Outdoor Kitchen or Grill
If you have a dedicated outdoor kitchen, make sure to get all of the dirt and dust out of the crevices and clean any appliances you use. Wipe down your grill, scrub the grates, and make sure you have enough fuel to prepare food for your guests as well.
6. Make Sure There’s Plenty of Lighting for Guests
Outdoor parties are great unless everyone’s unable to see each other. Install outdoor lighting or even add some string lighting to your space to keep the party going well after the sun goes down.
7. Arrange Your Space to Allow for Seating and Standing
Guests will be mingling throughout the day and night, so they’ll likely be spending time both seated and standing. Give your guests adequate room to do both, and make sure that there’s enough seating for everyone who plans on coming.
8. Decorate Ahead of Time (Considering the Weather)
Decorations are everything for a fall party. After all, you want to set the tone. Get the right decorations ahead of time and consider the weather. If it’s going to be a bit windy, for example, hanging decorations might not be the best fit for your party.
Outdoor fall parties can be exciting, but they do require a good deal of preparation. Use the eight tips above to prepare your backyard space so that everything goes according to plan.