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Entertaining this Fall? Take it Outdoors! family eating outside under lights

Summer may be over, but who says the party has to end?  Sure, the days are shorter and the air is cooler, but outdoor get-togethers with family and friends can be just as fun in the fall.  Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your next autumn affair:

Use fall-themed decorations – Corn stalks, pumpkins and gourds.  These are all good for decorating.  You can even use fallen leaves and branches to create a festive centerpiece or wreath.

Play games – Keep things moving by providing outdoor games like cornhole, horseshoes or bocce ball.  Another great activity is a pumpkin carving competition – or pumpkin decorating when kids are involved.

Keep the grill going – There are countless fall dishes that are perfect for the grill.  From grill-roasted spaghetti squash to apple pie, it’s easy to incorporate your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables.  And, nothing hits the spot on those chilly nights like hot cocoa or warm apple cider fresh off the fire.

FirstEnergy offers some great outdoor lighting options installed by local professional contractors

Create an inviting and safe atmosphere – Deck or landscape lighting can provide a warm, soft glow after dark, giving enough light for your guests to see and socialize without being too harsh or overbearing. Bistro lights are another great option.  They’re easy to put up, take down or move to accommodate almost any space.  Want to know what lighting options would work well in your outdoor space?  FirstEnergy offers some great outdoor lighting options installed by local, professional contractors.  Visit the outdoor lighting page on this site for more information.

There are many ways to keep the fun going, and the earlier evenings don’t have to cut things short.  So, keep your fire pits burning and your blankets on hand this fall – and enjoy entertaining outdoors.