In countries that experience winter season, the chilly weather is starting to settle in, but that doesn’t mean you need to scurry indoors just yet. The air may be cold, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego the idea of a garden party. Okay, this may sound like madness, but there are still excuses for social gatherings that could take place outdoors. Bonfire Night is almost upon us, as is Christmas and New Year, with social events that could easily happen outdoors. Furthermore, you won’t need to worry about your guests spilling drinks on your beautifully plush carpet!
Still, think the idea of a winter garden party is a crazy one? Keep reading, and you may change your mind.
Turn up the heat
Ice sculptures are great, but not if they are the frozen remnants of your nearest and dearest! So, encourage your guests to bundle up warm when preparing their party outfits, and invest in some outside heaters to raise the temperature in the colder climes. There’s nothing better than a good bonfire too, so start collecting your winter fuel, and gather around the crackling fire for toasted marshmallows and some heated (in the best way) conversations.
Invest in new furniture
Don’t run the risk of your nan sliding off the icy slide that used to be your deck chair or your best mate freezing in place on a metal bench. Invest in some quality outdoor furniture that is both durable and comfortable to the outdoor temperature. Some furniture can be used all year round, be they dining sets, hanging seats, or outdoor sofas. They need to be able to stand up to the harsh winter conditions, with added cushions to keep people’s bums warms in the cold winter snap.
Warm up chilly bellies
Tantalise your guest’s taste buds with a winter menu that will warm them up while mingling outside. Festive soups, hot chili’s and tasty stews are just some of the foods that are perfect on a cold winter’s day. Alternatively, go for a hog roast over the fire, or brush the snow off your barbecue and throw on a few steaks. Of course, if you don’t throw in a few drinks, it’s not only the winter chill you need to worry about. Your guests will give you the cold shoulder if you don’t quench their thirst, so bring out the mulled wine, or some of these delicious winter cocktails. Not everybody drinks alcohol, of course, so don’t just fob them off with a flask of tea! Try peanut butter hot chocolate, loaded with marshmallows, or a non-alcoholic eggnog, topped with cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastealicious!
Keep them entertained
As with any social gathering, your guests will get bored with conversation eventually, and the chat about the weather will soon get weary when you’re standing in the midst of it. Should there be snow, have an all-out snowball fight or a build the snowman competition. Traditional lawn games such as bowls and croquet may still be appropriate if your garden hasn’t been laden with ice and frost. Heck, even get your ice skates on if your lucky enough to have a frozen swimming pool! Have fun with your guests, and no matter how cold it is outside, the temperature will only make it more memorable.
Thanks for reading!