While there are many wonderful things about winter we can look forward to, like snow-capped mountains, skiing, and, of course, holiday cheer, there’s one thing fewer of us agree on as fun about winter time— navigating the outdoors when it’s cold. Even the simple act of walking to your car can feel like a 200-mile expedition through Antarctica.
However, if you can manage to bundle up, the biting temperatures of winter don’t have to hold you back from doing what you love most. Outdoor parties are no exception. While initially, the thought of hosting an outdoor party in winter may sound downright crazy, the truth is that it can be a unique and truly memorable experience….. if you manage to do it right!
With a little bit of creativity and planning, not only can you stay warm, but you can create a memorable experience for your guests that leaves them wondering why they never went to an outdoor party in winter before. Here are some of the best tips for hosting a party outdoors in winter.
Focus on Warmth
Before you move on to decorations or orders or drinks, the first thing is first: you have to make sure that people stay warm. The key to a successful party is showing people that they can be outside and still enjoy themselves, and that means keeping them toasty. Set up outdoor heaters or even fire pits to create a warm cocoon.
Offer warm beverages like hot tea, mulled wine, or even cocoa to keep everyone feeling toasty and winter cozy. Make sure that the dress code encourages your invitees to bundle up in layers. Consider putting blankets throughout your event so if guests need extra layers, they have some on hand.
Winter isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so instead of resisting the fact that you’re outside, why not embrace it? Go for it when it comes to your winter theme. Use winter-inspired elements like snowy trees, snowflakes, and reindeer. Add string lights so that you transport guests to something out of the North Pole. Deep blues and silvers are the way to go when it comes to the color scheme. And whether it’s before Christmas or after, a little touch of holiday decor never hurt anybody at a winter party!
Plan For Unpredictable Weather
Since this is a winter party and not a summer one, you need to remember the weather can be dicey. Prepare for the unpredictable winter weather by having a backup plan in case it starts snowing or raining. Outdoor tents or umbrellas are important for providing shelter if a storm does hit.
Not only will this make your guests more comfortable, but it will give you peace of mind that you’re covered in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. After all, if you’re staring at the sky stressing the entire time, you’re not going to be able to enjoy your party, and your guests will sense your discomfort.