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A feeling or mood associated with a particular place, person, or thing, or a season.

Autumnal ambience can really contribute to the entertaining mood.

Especially when the earlier sunset allows you to bathe in the evening lights of your outdoor space.

In Oregon we have 4-6 months of outdoor entertaining.

But because the days are shorter in the autumn, outdoor entertaining calls for special attention to lighting and temperature.

A few weeks ago we had an opportunity to entertain some very special friends in our backyard. Even though it was more of an “end-of-summer” event, for this sit-down-dinner we didn’t really have to worry about sweaters.

We used a lot of votive candles to create a cozy effect, and played lively music in the background, which included a little seranading from our daughter :) and party lights hung from the trees.




It helps set the mood.

It brings a good feeling to all.

To me, tying it all together creates an atmosphere of love.


Do you think differently about lighting, candles, and music when entertaining in the Fall?

If you missed the other Autumn Inspirations …

Day 1. Autumn.
Day 2. Health.
Day 3. Entertaining.
Day 4. Sunshine.
Day 5. Fresh.
Day 6. Heirlooms.
Day 7. Harvest.
Day 8. Ambience.