12 Essentials to Make Your Outdoor Thanksgiving a Little Cozier

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Just like most of 2020, the holiday season is going to be tough to navigate. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some are skipping Thanksgiving gatherings altogether while others are trying to take extra precautions to connect with friends and family IRL.

According to Pinterest, searches for "outdoor winter party" are three times greater than they were last October, indicating Pinners are looking to stick to CDC guidelines for moving holiday get-togethers outdoors as they pose less of a risk than indoor gatherings. Even though hanging out in the cold is less than ideal, Pinners are looking to upgrade their outdoor experiences with an increase in searches for "outdoor heating" (2.5x), "covered patio with fireplace" (5x), "sunken fire pit" (12x), "outdoor pavilion with fireplace" (10x), and "outdoor fire pit designs" (9x). To make Thanksgiving al fresco even more cozy, searches for "outdoor rug" have increased by 60%.

But a fire pit isn't the only thing you can use to keep your guests and food warm. You can also add throw blankets to your setup along with insulated serving bowls or a food warming tray. And to stay on the safe side, you may want to have a pop-up tent handy in case unexpected weather comes along.

Check out 12 essentials to make the most of Thanksgiving outdoors.

1. Bali Outdoors Wood Burning Fire Pit with Cooking Grill, $175.69

2. CB2 Chuck Log Holder, $99.95

3. Pottery Barn Cozy Cable Knit Throw, starting at $149 $73.99

4. Crate & Barrel Ceri Grey Indoor and Outdoor Rug, 5-by-8, $249

5. Pinnacle Insulated Serving Bowls with Lids Three-Piece Set, $39.95

6. Chefman Electric Warming Tray, $58.99

7. Colsen Tabletop Portable Fire Pit, $69.99

8. Joy Fabric Indoor and Outdoor Dining Table Cover, $23.99

9. Sun Joe Brown Stone Wood Burning Fire Pit, $176.45

10. HG Waterproof Canopy, $149.99

11. Terrain Over-the-Table Rod, $68

12. Brightown Outdoor Globe String Lights, $16.99


Pauline is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. When she's not writing, you can find her at her local yoga studio or scoping out hidden gems at flea markets and thrift stores.

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