Handcrafted cocktails, quirky decor, and Stahl Firepits—hello, backyard party season! We’re ready for you! These tips will help make your outdoor soirée the one your friends and neighbors will remember.

Create spaces

An umbrella isn’t just your party’s defense against a shower; it also defines your designated hang space. Consider setting up multiple umbrellas — plus lounge chairs and food tables — all around the backyard and encourage guests to roam and mingle.

Light up the night

Nothing is prettier than small white lights after the sun goes down. Hang strings of lights on your deck, fence, and nearby tree limbs. Also set tea lights in glass jars onto tabletops for the perfect complement to the stars twinkling above.

Swizzle it up

Make sure your bar cart is stocked with the essentials: liquor, glasses, ice, a cocktail shaker, and swizzle sticks. Simply wheel it to the kitchen if supplies run low, and then back outside to keep the libations flowing.

Eclectic details

Don’t get overly fussy with decor—this is Seattle, after all. Pair vintage florals with preppy stripes for a fun, effortless vibe. Keep ’em guessing with the music playlist, too. Try a mix of classic rock, hip hop, and maybe even show tunes--something for everyone.

Garden to table

Fill colorful pails with fall flowers. If you don’t have a garden to snip from, consider letting branches or even fresh veggies stand in as au-naturel centerpieces. Pumpkins and ghourds make great fall accents.

Nosh like it’s autumn

Seattleites love seasonal eats and green salads, grilled burgers, and cold beer or cider all hit the spot on a gorgeous fall day. The grilling part will also let you talk to your guests while you prep—forget about being holed up in the kitchen.

The kids are alright

Set up separate diversions for the kids; make sure there’s plenty of fun to keep them engaged. Maybe put out some blowing bubbles, perhaps some board games. You can also buy a few disposable cameras and let the kids be the official party photographers.

Let there be fire

Early fall evening chill setting in? No worries!
A firepit is the place to gather after the sun goes down and, if you’re serious about local design, a Stahl Firepit is what you want. Each artisan pit is made right here in the Pacific Northwest, built to last from hot-rolled steel, and easy to assemble with five precisely cut pieces that seamlessly fit together. Place it anywhere you want, and move it around as you like.

The Stahl aesthetic is clean and modern, and the steel will patina into a gorgeous golden-amber color as the summers pass. The Stahl Firepit comes in five sizes, and there’s a gas version and even a small Camper that’s always ready to get out of town.

But back to your backyard tips—pair your chosen Stahl Firepit with the removable Grill Plate and now you’ve got a place to cook your famous burgers. Stahl also makes a handcrafted solid-teak top that will instantly turn your firepit into a lovely table perfect for dining or card-playing.

Visit Stahlfirepit.com for more information, and visit Seattle Met's Cowabunga event September 27 - 29 to see the custom Stahl Firepits in action.