Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your garden! There are plenty of ways you can host an enjoyable garden party during the colder months, whether it’s to get the festive season underway early or to celebrate a birthday. You’ll need to make sure that your outdoor space looks the part though, so consider transforming your garden into the ideal event space with luxurious teak benches which are designed for use all year round.
Use Outdoor Heating
A fire pit or gas heater is an essential component of any winter garden party. Be sure to start the fire before your guests arrive so a cosy atmosphere is created, you could even encourage guests to toast marshmallows or create smores on the open fire for a truly authentic experience. Of course, it’s important that any children attending the party are safe, so you might need to set up a restricted area around the heating source.
Plan A Warming Menu
What better way to celebrate winter than with a hearty, warming meal? Instead of the usual picnic affair that you would find at summer garden parties, be sure to include food that will warm your guests inside and out. Soups, roasts and sausages are great winter dishes that are relatively simple to prefer for large amounts of people.
Winter is the season of fairy lights and no winter garden party is complete without them. Decorating your garden so it is inviting will help to make your party one of the most memorable events of the year. Consider breaking out the Christmas decorations early to add an extra sparkle to your outdoor space.
Set up Shelter
It’s a good idea to provide your guests with somewhere to shelter in case it rains or snows- winter weather is known for being particularly unpredictable. If you don’t have enough space inside, set up a gazebo with heating and comfortable seating to give guests a chance to relax and stay warm. Provide plenty of blankets and throws to maximise comfort and cosiness!
The festive season is perfect for creating a range of warming drinks, including cocktails and mulled wine. You could really embrace the winter theme by serving drinks in flasks and mugs. In addition to cocktails, alcoholic hot chocolates are a great alternative to the jugs of Pimms and lemonade you’d typically find at a summer BBQ or tea party. For children, you can simply leave out the liquor and let them have fun adding whipped cream, marshmallows and flakes to their hot drinks.
It’s best to keep things casual when you’re hosting a garden party in winter, this way your guests can dress up in jumpers and coats to keep themselves warm. There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable at a party! If you’re hosting a party close to Christmas you could add an element of fun to the day by setting a Christmas jumper dress code.