Do you love the way the air smells when the nights start to get cooler and the leaves start to fall? The fall is a special season that can often feel busy. The kids are back to school, the summer holidays at work are over, and it’s back to business as usual. All the more reason to take some time on the weekends to step back and enjoy yourself. Transforming the backyard for the fall season is a great way to be mindful of the time you have and make the most of it.
Backyard Games for the Kids
DIY backyard games keep your kids off their screens and enjoying the great outdoors. The fall season, and the fast-approaching Halloween, are a magical source of backyard games you can throw together on a weekend. Games like pumpkin bowling, relay races, and skeleton scavenger hunts are on-theme for the season. There’s also Capture the Ghost, a Halloween twist on capture the flag. If you’ve always wished you could bob for apples, but you don’t have a massive barrel, try Snap Apple, where you tie apples by the stem to a string and play by the same rules. Look here for a longer list of Halloween-themed kids games you can play in the backyard. If all else fails, there’s always jumping into a pile of raked leaves.
Host a Cocktail Party in Your Gazebo
The arrival of fall doesn’t mean that you can’t keep enjoying the backyard. Cooler evenings can even be a major relief after some of the extreme heat much of North America saw this past summer. It’s easy to host a cocktail party in your gazebo with some decorations and some nifty, fall-themed cocktails. Maple bourbons, hard cider, and nutty bitters are all seasonal cocktail ingredients that will help keep you warm outside on a fall night. You can even try your hand at one of dozens of homemade Butterbeer recipes out there. Check out this list of autumnal cocktails that are sure to be a hit.
Decorate Your Gazebo for Fall
Pumpkins are a fall classic when it comes to decorating your front porch and backyard, but it doesn’t all have to be about Halloween. Evoke the harvest season with orange and brown autumn flowers, wheat sheaves, corn stalks, and red and yellow leaves. Add a rustic touch with a wheelbarrow, antique wooden signs, and metal buckets. You can also get beyond the expected by using Chinese lanterns; China’s Mid-Autumn Festival is known for its floating lanterns.
Have a Backyard Fire
If you have a firepit in your backyard, fall is the season to put it to good use. With the sun setting earlier and earlier and the nights getting cooler, you can enjoy a good fire after dinner with the kids. Keep summer alive with roasted marshmallows or a few drinks with friends out in the backyard by the warmth of the fire. The smell of a wood fire is part and parcel with the fall season.
Enjoy this fall in your backyard. Decorate, invite your friends, have a fire, and play games with the kids. Fall is a great time to enjoy the outdoors in your backyard.