Over the last year and a half, many of us have embraced outdoor living and started enjoying our balconies, patios and backyards to the fullest. But just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean spending more time outside needs to stop. Be a great cold-weather get- together host by following these tips:
PICK A SHELTERED LOCATION! A covered or enclosed patio is a great option for the hot summer months, providing shelter from bugs, rain and the heat of the sun. As the months grow colder, these same spaces can be converted into the perfect space to entertain with protection from cold winds and snow! While we wouldn’t recommend using a seasonal canopy during a blizzard, on a mild winter night, putting out your canopy can add a bit of extra protection and help keep the heat in as you visit outdoors! ShadeTree canopies are easy to remove and store but the supports and tracks can stay up, allowing you to bring out the canopy for special occasions and easily store it back away for the rest of the winter! ShadeTree Canopies, http://www.shadetreecanopies.com
ALWAYS KEEP GUESTS WARM Probably the top concern when it comes to cold-weather get-togethers is making sure everyone is warm and comfortable. Fortunately, you can accomplish this in style with a rustic firepit, chiminea or patio heater. You can also light candles and provide cozy blankets for some added warmth.
Rustic Fireplace From Home Hardware, http://www.homehardware.com
Patio Heater From Lowes, http://www.lowes.ca
DECORATE WITH SEASONAL ITEMS Enhance the theme of a festive winter get-together with country and farmhouse décor, like plaid linens and pillows. You can also create a nature-inspired tablescape with fresh pinecones and evergreen branches. A vintage wooden sled makes for a charming side table to set with drinks and snacks.
Vintage Wooden Sled From Walmart, http://www.walmart.ca
SERVE COMFORT FOOD AND DRINKS There’s nothing like old favorites to make spirits bright. You’ll never go wrong with a classic hot chocolate and marshmallows or s’mores by the fire. If you’re feeling creative, try French toast fingers dipped in maple syrup. Want to give guests a hearty meal? Make some chili earlier in the day and reheat it, or fire up the grill for some maple-glazed wings and stuffed squash to add some extra warmth.
Items From Blue Banana Market, http://www.bluebananamarket.com
EXPERIMENT WITH SOUND Nothing sets a positive atmosphere quite like some good music. Bring people together and create the perfect ambience for an evening with friends or family with ad-free music from SiriusXM. Simply connect the SXM App to your smart speaker and browse through the extensive catalogue of genres and artists to find the right soundtrack for a memorable, merry gathering. http://www.newscanada.com