Fall is here to stay with winter right around the corner. Though we will be experiencing more moderate temperatures here in Phoenix in comparison to the rest of the country, the falling temperatures make spending time outside less desirable. Gone are summer days by the pool and summer evening barbeques. However, fall can still be a great time to enjoy your patio, you will just be enjoying it a little differently. Here are five ways to enjoy our patio this fall in Phoenix!

Upgrade Your Patio

Upgrading your patio can be a fun activity to do this fall. Upgrading your patio can be anything from changing out the pillows and cushions of your patio furniture to installing a fire pit table. Whether you love halloween or simply love the colors and look of the harvest season, there is always new spooky or pretty decor that can make your patio more festive. When you are decorating, don’t forget to add some warm, cozy blankets, patio lights and candles, to make your patio area a warm, cozy haven for cool Phoenix fall evenings.

Try New Eats & Treats

Fall is always a fun time to try new new food, especially when there are so many delicious pumpkin spice eats and treats. Consider upgrading your patio with an outdoor kitchen or simply find some new recipes that utilize the grill. Maybe even make an event of it. Invite over neighbors or close friends to enjoy a night of good food and—if you’ve upgraded your patio—a time to show off your new additions to your patio. Not sure what new eats or sweets to try? Check out Pinterest! There are always new great recipes or new takes on old favorite dishes to try. You could also host a dinner party themed around the tastes of the fall season.

Roast Marshmallows

Nothing beats the cool weather blues like roasted marshmallows and s’mores. Instead of a typical dessert after dinner, maybe treat the family to a night reminiscent of all of our favorite camping desserts. Bored of old s’mores or want to make something that adults will love? Instead of opting for the same ol’ Hershey’s bar, try a few gourmet chocolate bars: dark chocolate, sea-salt caramel, mint, orange, or even peanut butter. Instead of using Graham crackers try s’mores with your favorite cookies. There really isn’t a wrong way to eat a s’more!

Plant Fall Veggies

Though fall veggies have been picked and enjoyed, there are still fall veggies to enjoy. Planting fall veggies can be a great way to get you to still enjoy the outdoors even though temperatures are dropping and a way to enjoy fresh veggies in your fall-flavored dishes! Plant kale, spinach, lettuce, peas, broccoli rabe, and others. Not sure what to plant or never had a garden before, head over to your local home improvement store and ask those in the garden department for their advice. Don’t have a space for a garden? No problem! Just invest in some large pots and plant your crop there. This will add some greenery to your patio area, while also give you the opportunity to enjoy some delicious fresh veggies this fall.

Enjoy Outdoor Games

Just because it’s time to pull out your favorite fall jacket and scarf, doesn’t mean the the outdoor festivities have to stop. There is much outdoor fun that can be had such as lawn games. Enjoy a game of horseshoes, bocce ball, croquet, or even a giant-sized Jenga! Lawn games can be a great way to get outside and moving, when all we want to do is stay curled up on our couches. Have a family night of fun or invite your close friends over for one last hurray, before the busy holiday season begins.

Ready to Have Fun This Fall?

We at Elemental Fountain believe that just because the weather is changing here in Phoenix, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your patio. If you are thinking of better enjoying your patio and possibly upgrading, consider a fire pit table! Not only are they beautiful, but they make it easy to enjoy the cool nights of the fall season. Visit our website to learn more!