A completely unique and memorable outdoor Thanksgiving dinner is sitting right outside your door, in your outdoor space! Kentucky Novembers typically offer a mild enough climate to host a festive meal for family and friends outdoors.
To help pull off an unforgettable outdoor Thanksgiving, our team has gathered together 10 helpful tips to make sure your holiday is an outdoor success!
How to Host an Outdoor Thanksgiving Dinner
Light the way! It’s important that your yard is well-lit for entertaining. Make sure you have sufficient outdoor lighting and lit pathways way to ensure safety. Outdoor lighting can also be utilized to highlight dedicated entertainment and dining spaces.
Provide warm drinks. Nothing is better than enjoying warm drinks outside on a crisp day! Serve warm apple cider, hot chocolate, hot tea, or mulled wine.
Warm up by the fire pit. A fire pit is the perfect entertainment spot to keep warm throughout the holiday. If you don’t have a fire pit, hardscaping from a professional landscaping team will get the job done quickly and easily!
Clean up the yard. Make sure to do a thorough clean-out of all leaves and debris in your mulch beds and yard. A fall clean-up can be overwhelming, and it may be best to hire the help of a professional landscaping team.
Decorate! Lean into the outdoor theme and decorate with natural elements like pumpkins, mums, corn husks, and sunflowers.
Keep it cozy! Provide a large basket filled with blankets, or a blanket over each seat to ensure everyone is warm and cozy.
Change up the menu. Since having Thanksgiving dinner outside isn’t traditional, the food doesn’t need to be either! Try grilling up Thanksgiving classics like corn, turkey, potatoes, and more.
Set up games. Keep the entertainment going all day with outdoor games like cornhole, badminton, bocce ball, and croquet!
Watch football. It’s hard to beat watching football with friends and family on Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving, you can bring the game outside! Check out how to watch football outside in our blog here.
Serve buffet style. Since it will be difficult to keep food warm outside, keep the food warm inside and serve buffet style! Cold dishes like rolls, bread, cranberry sauce, and salads can be served at the table outside.
There is always room to start a new tradition, and gathering with friends and family outdoors to celebrate Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to begin a memorable outdoors tradition! If you’re looking for some additional help to get your landscape prepped for an outdoor Thanksgiving feast, our Four Seasons Landscape Management team is standing by to help.
You can book your completely free landscaping consultation online today here!