Summer’s transition into fall is made simple thanks to creative innovation. As the leaves turn brown and the sweltering heat subsides, autumn gently moves in bringing lower temperatures and shorter days. That means it’s not only time to put on the outdoor lifestyle covers and break out the cold weather clothes, it’s also time to enjoy nature’s finest season. Embrace the spirit of the glorious transformation from summer to fall with these amazing ideas for turning a new leaf this September.
Labor of Lunch
When it comes to Labor Day, does anything beat coming together for good food with even better company? We didn’t think so.
Make your Labor Day luncheon special by curating your menu for summer grilling season’s last hurrah. Don’t just grill hotdogs. Try sausages, brats, ribs, steaks, portabellos, fajitas – the choices are limitless. And if you’re tired of having the same old beef hamburgers, switch things up by embracing one of the many poultry alternatives readily available at your local supermarket. Chicken and turkey burgers are a lean and tasty way to try something new without abandoning grill-time traditions.
Serve your main courses with a toppings bar that invites barbecue guests to help themselves to a smattering of the works: tomato, relish, onions, pickles, and whatever else you like to top off delectables with.
If that wasn’t enough, you can also embrace the relaxing ambiance of Labor Day weekend by asking guests to bring their favorite side item. This potluck approach eliminates extra work on your end and gives your friends and family the perfect thing to bring.
Back to Cool
As the back to school gears turn, it’s important to bring that more scheduled mindset back to the forefront after a relaxing summer vacation.
It comes every year and we dread every minute of it, and yet, there’s nothing more exciting than getting into the groove of a new school year. From reestablishing an optimal morning routine to embracing family time at the end of a long day, there’s always something new to learn when it comes to going back to school.
2 Hand Touchdown
Even if you hate fall, chances are you love football, whether watching or getting yourself dirty between the lines. Between the professional teams and the college game days, there’s nothing quite like a weekend well spent rooting for your favorite teams.
Prepare your patio for football’s touchdown with everything you need to weather the season ahead. Between greasing your grill for fall festivities and curating the perfect craft beer selection for pre-gaming, kickback and crack open a cold one on your own and take in the exciting atmosphere of your favorite sports season.
Kick Summer to the Curb
Summer’s on its way out the door. Fall is moving in fast. In order to prepare your yard for the transition, it’s always best to work smarter not harder – and keep a couple custom tarps on hand for easy cleanup and protecting your hearth and home from unexpected weather and projects gone awry.
Start by weeding away any ungroomed or unkempt patches leftover from summer. This will help you to begin fall with a clean slate. Next, replace summer annuals with blooms of autumn. Finally, trim any trees and shrubs so that they don’t become an overgrown and potentially hazardous nuisance during the idle months of winter.
Hurrican’t Stop the Beat
With the winds of the west blowing in hot (and cold), a whirling world of trouble could very well be heading your way. In the event of inclement weather, is your home prepared?
Fortifying your home is a breeze with a simple list of checks to ensure both you and your house are ready to weather whatever may arise. It’s important to develop a plan of action that puts safety and security ahead of everything else.
Between gourds and corn, fall is known as the season of bountiful harvests. While your home garden may not produce what could be deemed a “bountiful harvest”, that doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up the grounds to yield a bounty of beautiful fall goodies.
Remove the vestiges of summer’s dead weight, disposing of any dead or dying crops. This helps to make way for the likes of spinach, broccoli, and lettuce that grow especially well in fall when properly weeded, mulched, and tended to.
September 22, 2021
The 22nd of September marks the first day of fall. This autumn equinox marks what should be a fond farewell to summer and a welcome “hello” to the pumpkin spiced delight of Fall 2021: The Sequel.
Plan a celebration around the arrival of fall with a picturesque party for your friends and family. Delve into the season with a party plentiful, with autumn crafts, a harvest feast, and a warm bonfire to snuggle up around that you can share with those most important to you.
Fall for Festivals
What’s one to do when local fairgrounds have abandoned their once hallowed traditions of fall carnivals? Build one in their own backyard, of course…
A modified fall festival brings the best of this autumn tradition to your backyard with the staples of the occasion, including: a bobbing for apples station, pie or cobbler stands, and (if you’re ambitious enough) a petting zoo. You can actually rent a petting zoo to come to your house so the investment is minimal, btw. Invite your friends, neighbors, and family for an evening of good fun in the autumn air.
Happy as a Harvest
In the grand tradition of harvesting a bounty of wonderful vegetables, there’s no reason why you can’t hit your local farmers market to get everything you need to cook up a delightful mid-season meal that celebrates all of fall’s unique produce.
While you wait for your squash to sprout, cook up a hearty meal of autumn vegetables to better anticipate the fruits of your labor when your harvest finally arrives. In doing this, you get to support local growers in your community and gather your family for an evening of good fun in the splendor of autumn.
Autumnize Fits All
Customizing your fall accessories should be at the top of your September to do list. And what better place to start than with the many pieces on your patio.
Patios are the centerpiece of the social dichotomy in the outdoor living area. From entertaining to relaxation, you should always want to keep your patio in top shape. Do right by your patio with decor that invites the essence of fall into your backyard.
Mix and match fall color patterns on cushions, pillows, and outdoor lifestyle covers. In doing this, you can add much needed flair to tide you over until it’s time to throw up the halloween decorations. If you want to take things even further, you can customize your bench covers, sectional covers, and table covers to be nearly identical.
Oktoberfest for the Rest
Give yourself a big Guten Tag with an Oktoberfest party made easy. Simple backyard decorations can meld with cuisine of the German persuasion, imports by the keg, and ambiance for a wunderbar outdoor fest.
The party doesn’t have to stop there. If you really want to impress, hire an authentic polka band and invite your guests to come in their best dirndl and lederhosen.
Crack Open a Cold Frame
If you fear losing your fall harvest to an unpredictably cold autumn, you can invest your time in constructing simple cold frame housing structures to protect the plants and preserve their growth.
The simple design protects plants using a four quadrant wood panel system and a glass top enclosure to provide for ample sunlight and plants of convection for heat and cooling.