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Outdoor Entertaining

Great ideas, tips, and techniques to make your next backyard social gathering a hit!

Outdoor entertaining is always so much fun! But sometimes it's hard to figure out where to start. Let Fireside Expressions help out with some great ideas, tips, and techniques to make your next backyard social gathering a hit! 

Here at Fireside Expressions, we have plenty of expertise in fire and water features, as well as a pretty good handle on how to outline a functional and enjoyable layout for all of your alfresco needs. One of the biggest questions we have been asked about outdoor living is: "Can I mount my flat screen television over my fireplace?" If you are going to take in a movie or your favorite sitcom while the fire is going, there are some things that we really have to talk about. Fireside Expressions does not recommend mixing fire and electronics. While we prefer to keep these two factors a more than a safe distance apart, we do want to advise you of some safety precautions.

Handcrafted concrete fire bowls have been gaining popularity across the United States, and have even found their way into the backyard space of America's most controversial and prominent family, the Kardashian-Jenners! Discover how this trend-setting group of celebrity fashion icons have incorporated these products into their posh outdoor living space! sight of unbridled flames against a backdrop of trees and a pastel sunset are intriguing, not to mention dazzling. Truth be told, many of us automatically associate this visual image with some type of tropical setting. While spring and summer are a good couple of months away, this doesn't mean we can't enjoy the outdoors now or at least begin drawing up our blueprints for the ultimate backyard living space! Let's talk about adding an unexpected touch of charm to the winter blahs and start falling in love with tiki torches!

Tempered fire glass is a non-toxic alternative to wood, which can give off smoke and ash when ablaze in your fire feature. When you burn with this everlasting and beautiful media, the glass reflects and radiates heat from the fire, without popping or exploding! Opt for a safer, more economic way to enjoy your fire feature!

Aside from the fire, there are a few key ingredients you need to throw the ultimate bonfire party. We're talking drinks, snacks, and seating! Follow these steps, gather your friends, and have one heck of a good time!

As the temperatures outside begin to drop, nights spent around the fire pit go up. Outdoor hearths and fire pits don’t only extend your home outside, but they extend the season so you can enjoy it longer. The Hearth, Patio, & Barbeque Association (HPBA) states that patios and decks are among the top requested features by homebuyers and builders. If your outdoor entertainment space is missing a fire feature, here’s how you can add one before fall.