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If you find yourself suddenly wondering if you should have an outdoor Thanksgiving this year, you’re not alone. It’s something everyone is suddenly talking about.

So, the question becomes, how?

A little ingenuity, adaptability, creativity – and the right outdoor furniture – are the main ingredients for a successful outdoor Thanksgiving.

Outdoor Dining for Thanksgiving

First and foremost, your outdoor table is the starting place. Something like the Falmouth 9 Piece Dining Set with Cushions for a generous round outdoor dining table (shown above). For a rectangular option, the kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens River Brook 7 Piece Dining Set with Cushions is a set you’ll fall in love with. The wide wicker weave in a deep cocoa color makes any backyard look better. And the large rectangular tabletop means there’s room to spread out a bit. Both these sets feature tables with a center umbrella hole for those places where creating a little shade is still a good idea. And both sets require little or no assembly to get your outdoor Thanksgiving off the ground and running.

A rectangular outdoor dining table with 6 chairs with cushions on a patio overlooking hills with autumn colors
The kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens River Brook 7 Piece Dining Set with Cushions makes a great spot for your outdoor Thanksgiving.

A Little More Conversation at Your Outdoor Thanksgiving

Another way to make your outdoor Thanksgiving a real treat is with a conversation set like the Claire 8 Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions (shown below). Keep everyone in the great outdoors with this set that offers room to spread out AND features deep cup holders in the end cup tables to hold drinks (and maybe even a bottle of wine) safely. It’s also durable enough to stand up to the elements, and it has thick, plush cushions that make it easy to lose track of time. In other words, it’s a perfect spot on holidays or anytime to sit and enjoy talking to people you don’t live with (woohoo!), all while staying outside. And it arrives fully assembled, so you’re ready to roll as soon as it’s unboxed.

A semi-circlular outdoor sectional sofa and round ottoman with navy cushions is a great place for guests to sit before dinner at an outdoor Thanksgiving
Outdoor furniture like this sectional set makes a perfect spot for guests to sit and talk outdoors before dinner is served.

The Beauty of a Fire Pit for Your Outdoor Thanksgiving

And perhaps most importantly if your weather has turned crisp, is a fire pit like the Demirali Concrete Propane Gas Fire Pit Table (shown below). Gathering around the warmth of the fire is sure to create those lasting memories that the holidays are all about. The dancing flames might even be mesmerizing enough to calm those small restless spirits who typically pull up a chair at the kids table. With a 20-lb. propane tank (sold separately) hidden away inside the base, you can keep the fire going long enough to keep the festivities going and get the most out of your time spent with loved ones.

A square fire pit with concealed propane tank on rocks on a patio
A fire pit makes a great spot to gather and stay toasty.

The Perfect Outdoor Thanksgiving

The biggest thing to remember is that your perfect outdoor Thanksgiving is the one where you and your guests can gather, enjoy each other’s company, and stay safe. Table settings and side dishes are nice, but in the years to come, what you’ll remember about Thanksgiving 2020 is the memories you made – and the gratitude you felt for the safety of those you love, the food you had to share together, and the renewed awe you felt for the beauty of the great outdoors.

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