Create a cozy time all winter long

Canadian long winter nights are upon us, but that doesn’t mean hunkering down to wait out the cold weather. A cozy gathering with friends will ease the chill when the mercury dips below zero—and there’s no shortage of ways to get the good times rolling,it just takes a little creativity. Take a look at these ideas:

Host a theme night

Nothing is cozier than a warm cabin on a cold snowy night, so why not recreate one in the comfort of your own home? Invite friends to sport their coolest retro sweaters and bring their favourite board games. Light a fire (or candles), set out blankets and serve après ski-inspired fare like fondue, sausages and roasted vegetables. Stock your bar with all the staples, as well as a few seasonal surprises giving the nod to winter, like Rickard’s Oakhouse, a smoky, lightly-toasted winter lager.

Cozy up with a favourite flick

Who doesn’t love movie night? Re-arrange your furniture in front of the TV or pile-up pillows so everyone can snuggle-up. A few favourite retro movies, nostalgic snacks like buttered popcorn, toffee, and oven-baked s’mores, will ensure you create a night to remember. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Bring it outside

Let’s face it – we’re Canadian – we were made for the cold weather so sometimes outside is where it’s at. Guide guests to the backyard by lining your paths with candles placed in tins. If there’s enough snow, build a snowman butler to “serve” your friends munchies and use snow drifts to chill your beverages. Offer guests blankets and scarves and place a portable backyard fire pit in the centre of the action to keep fingers and toes warm and toasty so the party can go late into the evening.

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