Instead of allowing the chilly temperatures and snow to shut us inside, embrace it by hosting an outdoor winter party! While outdoor spaces are mostly enjoyed during the summer months, you can make amazing memories that your friends and family will be talking about for years.
Here are a few easy ideas to make it fun and enjoyable:
When inviting guests, encourage them to dress warmly and according to the weather. Also provide a basket of extra hats, gloves or mittens, hothands and blankets, for guests to grab to keep them warm and comfortable.
Add festive lighting
With shorter days, a little extra light can help create a cozy ambiance. Light the way with tin buckets, white paper bags, or mason jars with candles inside. Add some extra light by stringing outdoor twinkle lights along the path or around your gathering area.
Light a fire
One of the best ways to stay warm when gathering outside during the cold months is to have a fire pit! This can be the main focal point where guests can gather and visit. Surround the fire with benches, outdoor chairs or even logs to provide a place for guests to sit. Add some blankets to help keep it comfy.
Soul warming food
Another way to keep you and your guests warm is through food! You can take advantage of the fire by roasting smores, hotdogs, or chestnuts. Bring out a crockpot to serve hot soups, ciders or hot chocolate. If you like cold drinks, you can also serve local craft beers or ciders and place them in a cooler, or right in the snow, for guests to enjoy.
Plan some fun
For fun that warms the soul, you can tell stories or plan conversation questions. You can play word of mouth games, like telephone or twenty questions. If you or any of your friends and family are musically talented, share some music and song! You can even break out the yard games; such as corn hole or spike ball! If there is snow, have a snowball fight or build snowmen. For an extra treat, bring out some sparklers or glow sticks.
By hosting an outdoor winter party, you can have some laughs, make memories, and catch up with those that are dear to you. It will create lasting memories of time together and perhaps become a yearly tradition.