3 ways to maximize your outdoor living space for Thanksgiving
Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is already right around the corner. The holidays are here and it’s time to get ready for the busiest time of the year. Whether you’re hosting or joining in somewhere this year, one problem always remains the same. Will there be enough space for everyone?
Homeowners with small or large backyards can easily make use of their outdoor living space for the holiday celebrations ahead.
Here are three ways to maximize outdoor space for Thanksgiving and other large dining parties:
Utilize the Outdoor Kitchen
Many homeowners would probably assume that only a small portion of Thanksgiving food prep can be handled outside. But the beauty of a modern-day BBQ grill is that it can serve many cooking purposes beyond just grilling.
The rotisserie cooker on a grill can be used for grilling the turkey or chicken ahead of the feast. It’s also perfect for baking dishes like sweet potato or green bean casserole and stuffing.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the side burners for dishes such as mashed potatoes, gravy, and steamed vegetables. All this extra preparation space will help alleviate the stress of having everyone packed into the kitchen and opens up an entirely new space for serving food and entertaining guests.
Set up Entertainment Areas
With the entire family over, providing some sources of entertainment will be a must. Believe it or not, artificial turf is ideal for setting up a few Thanksgiving activities. Giant Jenga, corn hole and bacci ball are a few examples of games that work great on turf and that everyone can enjoy. Kids and adults alike will have a ton of fun playing this variety of games!
Homeowners who have incorporated a covered pergola into their outdoor design can even set up a sound and entertainment system for added enjoyment. Now everyone can enjoy some good tunes, the Thanksgiving Day parade or a nice post-feast family movie.
With the addition a fire element, your post-Thanksgiving movie night never has to end!
Relax by an Elegant Fire Element
After everyone has enjoyed all the delicious food and are stuffed beyond belief, it’s finally time to relax and shake off that food coma.
As the chilly late November evening settles in, homeowners and guests will want some warmth to keep them cozy and comfortable. A fire element such as an outdoor fireplace or fire pit can provide the ideal amount of warmth while also enhancing the ambiance outdoors. Add a few cushions and blankets to the patio for increased comfort in the colder weather.
With everyone curled up by the fire, chatting or watching a movie, no one will think twice about going inside to spend time indoors!
Outdoor spaces are a wonderful place for the entire family to get together and celebrate the holidays.