15 Fall Outdoor Entertaining Essentials

Grab a Hot Cocktail and a Blanket—Outdoor Season Isn't Over Yet!

Courtesy of Anthropologie

​Just because summer has come to an end doesn't mean that outdoor entertaining season is over. With the glow of a fire pit and some pretty lighting (not to mention a few blankets to snuggle up under), you can extend the patio parties well into October.

We've rounded up ten of our favorite outdoor entertaining essentials perfect for backyard s'mores nights and cozy nights on the deck.

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    Fire Pit for S'Mores Under the Stars

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    When it comes to making your outdoor space cool weather-ready, the fire pit is key! Heat is one obvious reason, but think of the smell, the potential for s'mores and all the extra time you'll get to spend gazing up at the stars. Be sure to do some research beforehand—fire pits come in a huge variety, from wood-burning to gas, electric and combinations of those, as well.

    Anson Steel Wood-Burning Fire Pit, $350, Wayfair

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    Outdoor Popcorn Popper

    Courtesy of Anthropologie

    What could be more fun than this? Whether you use this popcorn popper at a campsite or in your own backyard, it's always the right time for this salty treat. Keep this festive and unique fireside tool at the ready for impromptu outdoor nights, cozy at-home dates and family gatherings. 

    Popcorn popper, $35, Anthropologie

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    Lanterns for Evening Light

    Courtesy of Pottery Barn

    With the sun setting earlier in the fall, having your outdoor lighting set up on point is even more important. We love these lanterns from Pottery Barn that come in a variety of sizes and are big enough to hold multiple candles (real or faux!) for a cool, layered look.

    Caleb lanterns, $50 - $300, Pottery Barn 

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    Natural Woven Placemats for an Autumnal Table

    Courtesy of West Elm

    When it starts to get cool out, transition your outdoor dining space to reflect the colors of the season. We love the look of natural woven placemats that work as the perfect background for rich colored soups, roasted vegetables and steaks. (Sorry not sorry—we're always thinking about our Instagrams!)

    Fishnet woven placemats, $16/set, West Elm

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    Glass Mugs for Hot Cocktails

    Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

    Ah yes, it's hot cocktail season. Time to retire the lemonades and gin and tonic cocktails and start sipping on a little whiskey and cider or a hot toddy. These bistro mugs are perfect for serving up warm drinks on chilly evenings.

    Bodum bistro mugs, $15 each, Crate and Barrel

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    Globe String Lights... Just Because

    Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

    Beautiful outdoor lighting is important all year long if you ask us. But during the fall months, a little extra glow can really help set the mood. Picture it with us: the fire pit is roaring, orange and red leaves are falling on the grass and you're basking in the warm, twinkling light of these globe string lights... You're totally with us now, right?

    Globe string lights, $40, Crate & Barrel

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    Throw Pillows in Darker Colors

    Courtesy of Serena and Lily

    A simple way to give your outdoor space that "fall feeling" is to replace light colors and patterns with those that feel more deep and rich. We love these textured navy pillow covers from Serena and Lily that still have a festive, California coastal vibe.

    Montecito outdoor pillow cover, $98, Serena & Lily

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    A Seasonally Festive Doormat

    Courtesy of Mark and Graham

    Little things can make a big difference, right? There's just something so autumnal about antlers and a simple, understated monogram letter. This doormat from Mark and Graham is just the thing to take your front porch or back door gently into the new season, and welcome your guests with a touch of fall style.

    Antlers graphic doormat, $89, Mark & Graham

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    Cozy, Sturdy Throw Blankets

    Courtesy of Pendleton

    When it comes to cozying up outdoors in the fall, not just any ol' throw blanket will do. You need something that looks and feels right for the season. We recommend any of the cool, Western-inspired blankets from Pendleton Woolen Mills, but are partial to the striped wool 'Yakima' camp blanket, which as a more rugged feel and heavier weight. These blankets are as ideal for Instagram as they are for keeping you toasty warm while you're toasting marshmallows in the backyard.

    Yakima...MORE camp blanket, $139, Pendleton

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    An Outdoor Pizza Oven

    Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

    ​Yes, yes, oh yes. What's better than pizza? Pizza cooked yourself on your patio while wearing a fisherman sweater and sipping an Aperol spritz, that's what! If you and your family and friends love a good casual Italian night at home, you won't regret splurging on this very specific and very amazing outdoor pizza oven.

    Pizzaria Pronto outdoor pizza oven, $300, Williams Sonoma