Take it outside

Here at Stone Center, we want to make sure that you enjoy your home – inside and out – all year long. Now that it’s fall, we’re sharing some excellent ideas for entertaining that extends the life of your backyard. So call a few friends and plan this memorable party to celebrate the great outdoors. See recipe ideas here.

1. Keep it warm and cozy – When planning a cold-weather party, it’s essential to keep your guests comfortable. Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are the answer.

They provide ample heat and become the natural focal point of any outside get together. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, fire pits offer flexibility – easy to place and set up. They’re budget-friendly, throw off lots of light and can even be used for cooking. A magnificent outdoor fireplace is the shining gem of your property, often increasing your home’s value. Add extra warmth to the fire area by filling baskets with sweaters, scarves and mittens, and consider patio curtains or bamboo shades to block the wind and keep the heat in your party space.

2. Sit down – Be sure to have lots of seating options for your guests, especially around the fire. Get some hay bales and throw colorful plaid blankets over them. Pull out that patio furniture and add lots of cushions to avoid cold bottoms. Set up a simple picnic table and cover it with a wintery tablecloth and easy centerpiece of fragrant pinecones, branches and candles. Don't forget that hardscaping can feel chilly underfoot, so put down an attractive outdoor rug to lend texture and color while also providing an additional layer of warmth.

3. Light it up – As fall turns into winter, temperatures drop earlier once the sun goes down. Keep the ambiance bright with beautiful outdoor lighting – guiding guests to your front door, down your walkways and through your yard. The right lighting provides an elegant touch, accenting your exterior features and landscaping. Extend the mood with paper lanterns strung through tree branches paper bag luminaries and hanging mason jars filled with tealights. Fill rustic metal pails with snow, add candles and voila! Instantly welcoming light and warmth.

4. Go for the extras – There’s nothing quite like indulging in a hot tub under the stars on a crisp winter night. It’s invigorating, steamy and lots of fun. So why not consider indulging in a hot tub? You’ll use it throughout the seasons, and you’ll have the most talked-about parties in town. Likewise, our customers just love their gazebos, which offer stylish shelter for winter get togethers. And no celebration is complete without a glorious outdoor kitchen, featuring cooking areas, cabinetry, wine fridge and appliances.

We’ve been helping customers design and build outdoor living spaces for decades. Explore our showrooms and let’s get started on your dream project today.