Winter Patio Accessories For Al Fresco Nights

Cooling Temperatures Don't Mean You Have to Stay Inside!

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​The sun is setting before 5 p.m. It's cold out, like, all the time. You might be thinking that winter is when you officially have to retire your outdoor furniture and move the party inside—at least until May. But we think that with the right accessories—think wool blankets, faux fur pillows and a fire pit—you can enjoy your outdoor space all year long.

We found 10 cozy, stylish accessories to add to your patio to make it a haven for gathering with friends or just relaxing with your pets and...MORE kids all winter long.

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    A Fire Pit

    Courtesy of Hayneedle

    The first and most essential part of a winter patio is warmth! And to us there's no better place to gather in the backyard or on the patio than around a fire. Luckily, adding an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-use wood-burning fire bowl is an affordable way to extend the outdoor season at your home. We love this copper version from Hayneedle that's only $80.

    Red Ember Wood Burning Fire Bowl, $80, Hayneedle

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    S'more Roaster

    Courtesy of Terrain

    For anyone with a sweet tooth, saying goodbye to s'more season when summer is over just isn't an option. Keep the toasted treats coming all year long with this genius roasting tool from Terrain! Simply stack your sandwich in the basket, close it and hold over the fire to melt your marshmallows and chocolate to perfection.

    S'more roaster, $18, Terrain

     

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    Closed Lanterns for Candles

    Courtesy of West Elm

    While it's true that these lovely faceted lanterns can work on your outdoor patio all year long, we think their brass and glass design makes them the perfect complement to seasonal accessories like evergreen garlands, colorful lights and faux fur throws.

    West Elm faceted lanterns, $49, West Elm

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    Decorative Branch Lights

    Courtesy of Terrain

    We love the sophisticated simplicity of decorating outside with branches adorned with twinkle lights. These branch lights from Terrain look amazing layered together in a vase or planter, especially framing a doorway or entry.

    Stargazer Copper Twine Branch Light, $58, Terrain

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    Faux Fur Pillow Covers

    Courtesy of H&M

    When temperatures start to cool down but you're keen to keep the outdoor entertaining options open, switch out your summer throw pillow covers for cozier, warmer versions—like these faux fur covers from H&M that are just $18 each.

    Faux fur cushion cover, $18, H&M

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    A Patio Heater

    Courtesy of Home Depot

    Ready to get serious about your winter patio game? Then it's time to invest in a propane gas heater. These powerful heaters (that you often see at outdoor weddings and restaurant decks) will turn your backyard or patio into a toasty warm winter haven, perfect for entertaining guests with hot cocktails and cocoa.

    Fire Sense propane gas heater, $170, Home Depot

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    Printed Wool Blanket

    Courtesy of Pendleton

    To keep yourself and your outdoor guests comfortable, have some festive and warm blankets at the ready. We love Pendleton's iconic Native American-inspired prints, which will go perfectly with those H&M faux fur pillow covers and copper lanterns. All these elements together will create a virtual winter wonderland in your outdoor space.

    Chief Joseph blanket, $249, Pendleton Woolen Mills

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    Enamel Mugs

    Courtesy of Best Made Co

    Glassware in the great outdoors (even if your outdoors aren't technically that 'great'), can be a risky move. To keep your hot cocoa and hot toddys where they belong, we love these enamel mugs from Best Made Company. Bonus? They'll work as well on your next camping excursion as they will on your patio.

    Seamless and Steadfast enamel mugs, $38, Best Made Co

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    Woodsy Scented Candles

    Courtesy of Good Candle

    If you can't make a fire pit work in your outdoor space (perhaps it's just a terrace attached to your apartment), that doesn't mean you can't get that delicious, woodsy smell when you're getting cozy outside. Once you have your blanket and a hot cocktail in hand, light this affordable Brooklyn-made candle and let the campfire vibes wash over you.

    Good Candle 'Campfire' candle, $16, Good Candle

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    Edison String Lights

    Courtesy of Hayneedle

    Now that the sun sets even earlier, you'll need to get your outdoor lighting going a bit earlier. The light from your fire pit will provide some glow, but stringing a few strands of outdoor lights (sometimes called Edison bulbs) will add an element of style (and crucial additionally lighting) to your patio setup. 

    Gerson Company Everlasting Glow Patio Lights, $41, Hayneedle