Those of us lucky enough to call California home can often enjoy fall and winter days outside in the warm sun and mild weather! Take advantage of it this year and host your Thanksgiving and holiday shindigs in your back yard or outdoor living area. All of our homes at Whitney Ranch feature outdoor living spaces. Whether you’re working with a smaller area or full outdoor entertainment space, we’ve got some grand ideas for building or preparing your place for guests!
Cozy and Intimate Gatherings
(Homes at The Ridge)
If you’ve got a smaller, more intimate outdoor gathering space, avoid overcrowding the area with excess amenities and focus on providing simple but comfortable seating that brings everyone together. Keep the food area indoors and allow guests to bring food into your outdoor space. This will help keep the area clear while keeping the flies away from the feast!
Outdoor Kitchens for Full-On Feasting
(Homes at The Bluffs)
Outdoor kitchens are a culinary lover’s luxury! Treat your guests to your tasty home-cooked meals while enjoying the great outdoors. If you don’t have a built-in dining area, create one with some outdoor furniture or pop-up tables. Even picnicking on the lawn will offer an organic feel to your get togethers.
Gatherings in Cooler Weather
Cooler days and evenings may not be the best for outdoor dining or entertaining, but bundling up by the patio fireplace/pit after dinner with all the s’mores fixins’ might just be bearable! Treat your guests to a mini campout complete with hot cocoa, fuzzy blankets, and a flashlight for any spontaneous ghost stories!
Shade and Shelters
(Homes at Wild Oak and Ironwood)
Take advantage of any built-in awnings at your home. These areas are great for lounge chairs and outdoor BBQ stations. Gazebos and pavilions are a fabulous way to add some character to your outdoor living space while shading your guests from the sun. These structures have the added advantage of being free standing so they can be built or placed almost anywhere.
Let us know what you love most about your outdoor living spaces and how you entertain for the holidays! Be sure to download our mobile app for Apple and Android to access details on all of our Whitney Ranch neighborhoods!