You would probably not naturally associate the winter as being a time to throw a garden party, but why not try something totally different that lives long in the memory of your guests? Of course, you will need to make sure that you do plenty of planning to ensure that everyone is comfortable and that you don’t get battered too much by the elements. Here are some steps to take when planning a winter garden party.
Light the Way
Winter is the darkest time of year and you don’t want all your guests having to squint to catch a glimpse of one another! There are so many different types of outdoor lighting to choose from. Fairy lights provide a nice festive feel and they are easy to put up around trees and the tops of fence panels. Candles also provide a great atmosphere for your party, though you need to ensure that they are sheltered from any windy conditions. Of course, you also have all your artificial lighting options including lamps, lanterns and underfloor lighting.
That Warm Fuzzy Feeling
If there is one thing that your guests need to be during a winter garden party, it is warm. Luckily, there have been big advancements in outdoor heaters in the past few years – just take a look at Rasmussen Gas Logs & Grills bromic patio heaters. Lay blankets around the garden so guests feel comfortable to grab one if they are feeling a little chilly. It is also a good idea to have a Plan B room inside your house where guests can retreat if the weather is very unkind.
Fire pits are a great addition to your garden all year round and they are particularly useful during a winter garden party. These usually come in the form of a clay or metal bowl which can be filled with charcoal or timber. This is a nice touch which gives a camping feel to your party and your guests can even get involved by laying the logs on the fire.
If all else fails, why not craft some winter cocktails to put some warmth in the bellies of your guests? Mulled wine is an excellent festive choice which doesn’t have to be too complicated to make. There are plenty of spice combinations which you can experiment with to make a signature recipe which works wonders. Another alternative which people may not have tried before is alcoholic hot chocolate which can be flavoured with gingerbread or cinnamon.
Obviously, hosting a winter garden party is always going to be very weather-dependent, so it is worth checking the forecast to make sure the elements are going to be kind to you. But if they are, the four tips listed above will get you started and will cover off the essentials of creating a unique occasion that people will be talking about for years to come.