Friends having a Thanksgiving dinner outdoors.

How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner on your Deck

A Thanksgiving dinner hosted outdoors seems more free and festive than an indoor holiday. With the right amount of planning, you can have a delightful meal on your Virginia patio. Fire up the grill to roast some veggies, potatoes, and turkey and break out your fall décor to host a beautiful Thanksgiving in the great outdoors. We’ve put together a guide on how to through a successful and comfortable holiday on your Fairfax deck.

Keep your guests warm

Temperatures are dropping in Virginia so the best way to assure your guests are comfortable all night long is to install a fire pit if you don’t already have one in your yard. Dinner by the glowing light of a crackling fire will dazzle your guests and keep them toasty all night long. Our firepits are made from quality materials and are completely customizable to match the existing style of your space. Other ways to keep your friends and family cozy throughout the night include installing standing heaters or providing fluffy blankets for a fun touch.

Create a timeline for cooking

Preparing a Thanksgiving meal is a feat. Make sure all of your hard work does not go to waste by planning your cooking accordingly. To keep your food warm and fresh, cook your meal outside while your guests are enjoying appetizers or a cocktail hour. Grilling your food in your outdoor kitchen will allow you to serve your dishes instantly after they are done and allows you to be a social host!

Light up your yard

Every outdoor meal should be illuminated. Lighting will create a beautiful ambiance, keep your guests safe, and make it possible to enjoy your backyard well into the evening. Our outdoor lighting options for your Virginia home include deck, patio, and pathway lights that will add elegance to any space. Fairy lights and candles will create a cozy and festive atmosphere as well.

Consider seating

Family gatherings can mean finding seating for over twenty people. If you are wondering how to accommodate every guest, bring some indoor chairs, outdoors to create a nice design flow. Your deck will feel like a continuation of your home and in-turn, make your guests feel comfortable. Consider placing one of your couches outside for a cocktail hour, as well, to give your guests a place to wait for their meal.

Distinctive Deck Designs will help you prepare your deck for a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. Contact us today for a free, design consultation!