When the holiday season is over and the excitement of the new year fades, winter can really feel like a drag. With the joys of Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah in the past, you might feel colder and a little depressed. But, you don’t have to! Who says you need a reason to party, anyway? Call your friends and gather around your outdoor fireplace for a good time!
Tips for Your Outdoor Winter Party by the Fireplace
If you’ve never done it before, Team Harding is here to help! Here are a few crucial elements required to throw a good winter party.
Gather Around the Outdoor Fireplace
The most important part of throwing a winter party outside is keeping your guests warm and toasty. The best way to do this is to have an outdoor fireplace and make it the centrepiece of your celebration. Not only will it keep your guests warm, but it’s the perfect focal point for the party. Ideally, your outdoor fireplace is in a spot where everyone can gather around it for warmth. Otherwise, if it’s portable, move it to a safe place where everyone can sit around it.
We recommend an outdoor gas fireplace because then you don’t have to worry about a mess or the bylaws.
Skating, Sledding, Snowball Fights
Maybe you and your friends just want to hang out around the fireplace. But maybe there are kids or fun-loving adults who want to play in the snow. If you have a good hill, get everyone to bring a sled or crazy carpet and slide down the slopes. You could even go all out and make a backyard skating rink for your guests to enjoy. And if you don’t have the space for these snow activities, start a good old-fashioned snowball fight!
Whatever you do, be sure to keep safety the top priority and remember that there’s a fire going!
Fun Food & Drinks
Of course, no party is complete without some good food and cold drinks! Except, for this kind of party, you might want to have hot drinks to offer, too. You could put together a hot chocolate bar where partygoers can make their own fancy hot beverages with flavoured syrups, marshmallows, candy canes and whatever else you can think of. You could even put out some ingredients for warm winter cocktails.
As for the food, a hot pot of chilli or stew would be sure to satisfy everyone’s hunger. Or, if you’re the grill-in-all-seasons type, pull over the BBQ and grill up some goodies! Make sure to have some snacks and munchies for the kids. And maybe you want to set up a weenie and marshmallow toasting station!
Finally, add some extra warmth for your guests. If you have patio furniture, bring it out! Toss some blankets around, light a few candles and make a cozy ambiance. If you have some, you could place propane heaters around the party area. Put some mittens, hats, and scarves in a basket and leave them out for anyone who might need them.
Installing an Outdoor Fireplace
Make sure your fireplace is ready for the party by getting it cleaned and serviced. On the other hand, if you read this article and are now wishing you had an outdoor fireplace, you can! When you install an outdoor fireplace, it gives you the perfect place to curl up outside and stay cozy. Plus, it gives endless opportunities to throw fun outdoor parties or spend time together with your family.
Get your outdoor fireplace at Team Harding.
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