Since aging in place is on the rise, upgrading your backyard for cold-weather entertainment may be the best way to have family and friends to your home this season.
A simple portable fire pit and some warm blankets will warm up an area quickly. However, building a large fireplace outdoors may provide hours of conversation and camaraderie. Fires create cozy environments made for sharing.
The outdoor occasion will probably last even longer if you have comfortable seating. While super expensive heated sofas may sound appealing, it may be more economical to replace your metal chairs with all-weather furniture and cushions.
One of the best ways to add charm to outdoor entertainment is to add strings of lights. With the sun setting so much earlier, twinkling lights showcasing your landscaping can be a conversation starter. Battery operated lamps or LED votives will add atmosphere without the need for an electric plug.
Most people equate s’mores with summer camp, but marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers taste delicious when the temperature dips. Irish coffee or hot toddies will liven up a party among even your most taciturn friends.