Outdoor Entertaining Ideas: Fall Edition

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Our affinity for fall interior updates and snuggly indoor activities is well documented. When it comes to entertaining however, we’re simply not ready to take it inside. Contrary to popular belief, brisk temps and fall foliage make for excellent dinner-party conditions, all you need to do is make a few strategic updates to your existing outdoor space. We’re talking rustic accents, practical pieces as pretty as they are utilitarian and a few traditional seasonal touches (pumpkins are always a good idea). Here, outdoor entertaining ideas to keep the good times rolling all the way to Thanksgiving.

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Striped Teepee

$159

Land Of Nod

The Striped Teepee

Not only does a teepee make for a truly unexpected and fun focal point for your backyrad, it's also a blast for the kids.

Magical Thinking Ankara Diamond Rug

$100

Urban Outfitters

The Boho Rug

A sturdy rug is an absolute must when planning a cool-weather outdoor soiree. Set it up with piles of cozy blankets and cushions for maximum relaxation potential.

LED Lanterns

$5

IKEA

The Festive Lanterns

Consider these gilded lanters the finishing touch your backyard has been missing.

Hanging Rattan Chair

$450

Serena & Lily

The Swing Chair

This hanging chair is guaranteed to become the most coveted seat in the house for seasons to come.

The Kilim Cushions

Haphazardly arrange Navajo-themed pillows on a variety surfaces to achieve a chill, bohemian vibe.

Tribal Totem Floor Pillow

$188

Leif

Midnight Journey Kilim Pillow

$85

Leif

Outdoor Fire Pit

$1,750

Frederik Roije

The Outdoor Fire Pit

A testament to thoughtful Scandinavian design, this freestanding fire pit is just begging for a chance to roast your marshmallows.

Camp Blanket With Carrier

$158

Pendleton

The Pendleton Blanket

A Pendleton blanket is a rustic-chic must-have. It's perfect for sitting by the fire during the colder months and the ideal picnic accessory once summer returns.

Enamel Dinnerwear

$40

West Elm

The Enamel Dishes

Surprisingly durable and perfectly retro, enamel dishes are the answer to all your outdoor entertaining needs.

Fresh Pumpkin Crate

$38

Terrain

The Centerpiece

A bountiful centerpiece is the pièce de résistance of any fall affair. This colorful assortment of pumpkins and gourds is delivered in a display-worthy rustic crate.