10 Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space for Fall Entertaining
Cozy up by the fire with all the gadgets you need to enjoy game day, Turkey Day, and beyond.
With autumn’s arrival comes fiery foliage, exuberant game days, and crisp but comfortable outdoor temperatures. While the change in seasons may have you considering packing up and storing away your patio set up, don’t abandon the outdoor fun just yet! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the fresh air—particularly if you stock your patio or deck with a few essentials for entertainment and warmth.
Ahead, you’ll find everything you need for fall barbecuing, creating a football party in the comfort of your backyard, and even whipping up al fresco feasts through Thanksgiving.
1. Smokeless Fire Pit
Staying warm is one of the biggest concerns come fall. With a proper fire pit, you can rest assured you’ll be enjoying the great outdoors all season long! We’re particularly enthralled with the Solo Stove Fire Pit 2.0. The smokeless wood-burning fire pit is great for gathering around to keep warm without the pesky smell and teary eyes associated with smoky fire pits. You can also take advantage of Solo Stove’s line of accessories like the Cast Iron Cooktop. Best of all, unlike its predecessor, it comes with a removable fire base and ash pan, making cleanup after an evening by the fire a cinch.
2. Stylish Patio Heater
Finding a quality patio heater often takes a balance between budget and style. Not so with the Pamapic Patio Heater! For around $200, this patio heater produces 42,000 BTUs of heat (ideal for warming up a small area) with options for adjusting and regulating temperature via its variable heat setting and built-in control valve. Its pyramid design is not only geometric and stylish but safe to operate as well. Pamapic’s broader base helps prevent tipping, while the safety valve automatically shuts off if tilting does occur. Meanwhile, a metal cage surrounds the quartz glass tube for protection from the fire.
3. Waterproof Speaker
Bring your music outdoors in the elements with the JBL Flip 4 waterproof bluetooth speaker, which boasts more than 100,000 glowing reviews on Amazon. It offers up to 12 hours of continuous audio playtime to keep everyone entertained for the length of the party. This speaker can wirelessly connect to up to two smartphones at a time, so people can take turns playing DJ. It also features an improved, durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing, making it great for withstanding the elements.
4. Smart Outdoor String Lights
Don’t let dusk cut your backyard enjoyment short. The Govee Smart Outdoor String Lights take traditional hanging lights to the next level with a controlled, multicolor experience. You can easily change the bulbs’ colors, dim the lighting, create scenes like marquee lighting or light patterns that sync with music, and more through a mobile app. The lights are also shatterproof and waterproof, making them ideal for year-round enjoyment on the patio.
5. Outdoor TV
Whether you want to enjoy a movie night under the stars or make your football viewing party feel like a tailgating event, an outdoor TV is a great addition to the yard. But not just any outdoor TV will do. While a regular option is bound to succumb to the elements, a weatherproof one will last for years to come. The Samsung Terrace Series Outdoor TV provides vivid and bright 4k QLED picture quality even in the brightest of daylight. Its IP55 rating ensures the TV is protected from the elements, so it won’t rust or experience water damage issues. Its wide viewing angle ensures no amount of glare dares to ruin the big game, while built-in Alexa, Google Assistant, or Bixby and wifi and bluetooth connection allow for a seamless, dimensional experience.
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6. Throw Blanket
A cozy throw doubles as decor, making it one of our favorite pieces during hygge season. Your search for finding one that’s super insulating yet breathable, machine washable but cozy and stylish has come to an end with the PuTian Merino Wool Blanket. The loom-woven, large, 63-inch by 87-inch outdoor throw features a geometric pattern in a burnt orange hue that’s made for fall. It also contains no added fire retardants or dyes, which is important for plans to cozy up around a fire.
7. Pizza Oven
If you’re ready to give grilling a rest 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 switch from serving up classic wood-wired pies to baked pizzas using a gas burner accessory. Its demi dome construction and panoramic opening were designed to make sliding your pizza in, around, and—most importably—out as simple as possible.
As the temperatures dip, appetites for comfort food increase—a problem best solved by a day slowly roasting meat outdoors. We love that the Traeger Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill, fired by wood pellets, is multi-use. The unit can smoke, grill, bake, roast, braise, and barbecue—excellent for entertaining for any occasion, be it game day or Turkey Day.
9. Leaf Blower
A quality leaf blower is going to make enjoying time outdoors this fall so much easier. Rather than fighting with the leaves using a rake before guests visit, clear 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 boasts variable speeds that allow you to go fast and heavy, slow and light, or somewhere in the middle depending on the task at hand. We love that it weighs just 7.3 pounds and offers one-handed control, too!
10. Inflatable Hot Tub
Add fun, warmth, and relaxation to the yard this fall with the four-person inflatable hot tub you never knew you needed. A total of 120 bubble jets creates a luxurious spa experience without the hefty price tag, and its digital control panel allows you to 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 only using it on days warmer than 39 degrees Fahrenheit, but that should cover you for many fall days.