The fall is a great time to throw a party in your backyard Ė the weather is cool verging on cold, which makes it nice to pull out the fire pit or fireplace and get comfy with your friends. Hot food, warm drinks and good company are all easy to find in the autumn, and a backyard is an easy place to entertain everyone.
Backyard Fall Fun
The fall is a time of football games, heavy (but delicious) foods and lots of raucous cheering and fun. The games are a great excuse to have people over, but it can be hard to get everyone into your living room to watch. If you have a projector, though, you can work it out to where the game is front and center on a large white sheet or inflatable screen in the backyard. Hang a sheet on your fence or the side of your house. Bring the projector outside with any necessary cables running in through an open window or door. The game will be live and large with plenty of room for everyone to settle in with lawn chairs and food. If youíre not into football, you can have the same party for any show or for a movie your friends have been waiting to see.
Food and Fun
Nothing makes a great backyard party like plenty of food. Have everyone bring over a crock pot of something hot and keep them nice and warm with an extension cord or two. All youíd need to provide is the table, the electricity and some plates. Arrange for the main dishes, some cornbread and plenty of chips Ė everyone can eat well with hearty fall food while enjoying the show and the company.
If dinner isnít enough to get everyone excited, you can arrange to have some of your friends bring cakes and pies over as well. Another table can be the dessert table where it will be all but obligatory to sample everything there. Itís highly unlikely anyone would leave your particular party feeling anything less than full. Remember to get a big trash bag or recycling bin for all the plates and utensils Ė you donít want to have to wash all of that.
Arrange Areas of Fun
The screen can be the biggest draw, but you donít want to have everyone in the same area if they are interested in different things. Encourage people to find different corners of your yard with some simple solar lights to make pathways and little patios brighter. Put out some chairs in cozy corners where friends can sit and talk and use twinkle lights to help provide ambient light to all areas of the party by wrapping them around the posts and trees.
If youíd rather have something besides television or youíre planning an all-day party, you can easily invest in some games like horseshoes or croquet to play on the other half of the yard or even an inflatable jumping castle for the younger party-goers to enjoy. What matters most is that everyone has fun, no matter what you decide to feature in your backyard party.