Fall Patio Ideas: Your Outdoor Entertaining Checklist for Fall

A couple sitting on a round dining table, while the man pours the woman some tea in a cup.

Fall is in full swing, and as we take in the crisp air and changing colors, we can’t help but get excited about all the festivities of the season. Best of all, there’s no shortage of events you can host right at home. Cue the marshmallows and cozy blankets:

Two chairs with a small table in front of them on a deck.

SEASONAL INSPIRATION

To get you inspired, we’ve rounded up our favorite fall patio ideas into an outdoor entertaining checklist.

A mother with two girls are carving pumpkins.

BACKYARD
PUMPKIN-CARVING PARTY

Carving jack-o-lanterns? Don’t stress about the mess; make it an occasion and host a pumpkin-carving party in the backyard. Pro-tip: lay down newspaper for even easier cleanup. If you need extra seating for guests, consider incorporating some outdoor poufs, which are lightweight, versatile, and great for kids. If the festivities go into the evening, make sure you have some lighting—like lanterns or string lights—to keep the mood cozy.

A couple talking by a dining table while another man is pouring a glass of wine.

DINNER PARTY
UNDER THE STARS

Dining outdoors is a quintessential fall patio idea for a reason. There’s something extra-special about gathering around the table during harvest season. Choose a location for your dining table that offers plenty of breathing room for guests and feels extra-special—perhaps on the patio or in the backyard under the cover of trees. For a sense of warmth, incorporate some throw pillows or (if temps are lower) a patio heater or two. Keep the menu simple yet seasonal, so you’re able to focus on enjoying time with your guests. For an extra-special touch, layer some outdoor rugs and incorporate lighting to set the mood.

Two couples sitting on a deck by a large white projector screen.

BACKYARD MOVIE NIGHT

Bring the movie theatre outdoors with a backyard movie night—a great activity for kids and adults alike. Make sure you have an outdoor TV that’s right for your space and plenty of seating options. Also a must: movie theatre-worthy drinks and snacks. Consider keeping beverages close with a bar cart or cooler for an extra-special touch.

A few wooden chairs by a fire pit.

GHOST STORIES
AROUND THE FIRE

It wouldn’t be fall without a fireside ghost story or two, would it? Group some Adirondack chairs or poufs around the fire pit to create a comfortable seating area. Don’t forget the s’mores supplies, drinks, and your spookiest campfire stories.

A table with some vaseds and a lit candle by some plants.

Ready for all the fall feels?

Our fall patio idea guide is here to help you entertain outdoors all season. We’d love to see how you complete our fall checklist. Share your outdoor adventures with us on social media with #ChooseAuthenTEAK for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page.