In our last real estate blog, we highlighted several Smith Mountain Lake fall events that are always a huge hit with local residents and vacationers alike. Taking in the festive autumn attractions isn’t the only way to enjoy the season, however. Fall also happens to be the perfect opportunity to do a little redecorating and bring the party to your Smith Mountain Lake home for a cozy, enjoyable evening with friends and family. We took a look at a few tips for fall time entertaining from hgtv.com for this week’s real estate blog.
Pumpkins, Mums, Cornucopias and More
Before sending out the invitations, it’s time to invite the season inside. The distinctive themes of fall lend to easy decorating ideas. Use clusters of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, artistic gourds, mums and harvest tools like rakes and hoes to create the perfect autumn welcome for the front porch or outside any main entrance. Accent tables and eating areas with colored leaves, pine cones, acorns and candles – preferably candles with spicy aromas. Of course, there are way too many fall decorating ideas to fit into one real estate blog, so if you need more inspiration, simply visit a local home goods or crafts store to complete the look.
Stoke the Fire
Fall at Smith Mountain Lake is usually perfect for outdoor evenings around the fire pit. Prepare hot drinks like cider or hot chocolate and set up a s’mores station for guests. If the weather is bad, simply move the party inside around your gas or wood-burning fireplace where the cozy flames are equally as nice. For extra cold evenings, keep throw blankets handy for guests to grab anytime they feel like it.
Keep it Casual
It isn’t quite time for fancy holiday cocktail parties or end-of-the-year celebrations, so keep your autumn entertaining casual. Your friends and family will breath a sigh of relief knowing the dresses and high heels can stay at home and jeans and flannel are the dress code.
As the temperatures cool off and the Smith Mountain Lake scenery gets more breathtakingly beautiful than you could imagine, a low-key evening dining on the deck and roasting marshmallows over the fire pit may result in the best memories of the year. Enjoy the season and keep checking out our real estate blog for more Smith Mountain Lake living ideas.