The air has gotten cooler and crisper over the last several weeks, and if you live in an area that will soon be welcoming Old Man Winter, you might be thinking about throwing one last outdoor party. Having a barbecue in the fall is a great way to enjoy what's left of the nice weather with your friends and family. Here are some tips on making the most of your outdoor space by inviting everyone over for some hearty fall fare, games and fun.
Food, Food, Food
If there's one thing everyone loves about fall, it's the food. The tantalizing tastes of the season include spiced pumpkin added to just about anything, apples, roasts, sweet potatoes . . . can you feel your mouth watering?
Try laying a pork chop on a piece of aluminum, adding a few slices of freshly picked apples and some chunks of onion. Sprinkle on salt, pepper and garlic powder, add a bit of apple cider, and seal up the foil around all of it in a tight packet. Grill for 30 minutes or so, until the pork is done and the apples and onions are soft. Delicious!
Another option for the grill is barbecued chicken. Coat in barbecue sauce and grill on all sides until done. You could slice up some sweet potatoes and grill them on top of foil alongside for a great fall-inspired side dish.
Finally, don't forget about dessert. S'mores are the perfect sweet ending to any barbecue, any time of year! You could also make an apple pie, pumpkin or cranberry muffins or perhaps an autumnal fruit salad, made with apples, pears, dried cranberries and other seasonal fruits. And remember to serve tea, hot chocolate or coffee to warm up chilly hands!
During the fall, the trees will decorate your landscape with their flaming hues of red, orange and gold. In addition, look for outdoor decorations in shades of dark green, cranberry or burnt orange. Terra cotta pots are seasonally appropriate. Toss some throws in autumnal colors over the back of your patio furniture; they'll not only look nice, but will also help keep people warm if the temperature drops.
Remember that it gets dark early in the all, particular after daylight savings time ends, so use some extra lighting outdoors if you expect your party to go on past the late afternoon. You can buy cheap lanterns online or at discount stores; hang these in trees or from your patio or deck to light up the evening.
Activities and Fun
In the summer, people might be too hot to move around very much, but all of that changes when the heat and humidity dissipates. Organize a game of football, soccer or even tag right in your backyard, and encourage everyone to join in. If you have a badminton set, bring it out, or plan to take a walk to a nearby park with tennis courts, and play a few rounds.
Autumn is the perfect time to hold one last shindig before the winter blows in, so start planning your fall barbecue now!