For many, wintertime is simply another excuse to break out those UGG boots and cozy up in front of the TV to binge watch as many TV shows and movies as possible. The reasons? It’s cold outside, of course, it’s snowing, we’re weather sensitive, and so on. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Especially not if you’re the lucky owner of a backyard or some garden rooms that cannot wait to be used.
A winter party can be an unforgettable experience that you and your friends can enjoy without having to worry about the cold, the snow, and extra coats. Not to mention that it can all be done on a budget. Here are some tips for the perfect winter party in your garden rooms
Start with a Fire
Of course this needs to be the number one thing on your list. You could also use patio heaters, but that’s not the purpose of the fire in this case. You are building an actual fire as a social element. You will be surprised to see that it will immediately draw people together, making them come alive, socialize and start talking.
Apart from that, your fire can be used to toast as many marshmallows or smores as you want. The easiest and safest way to do it is in a fire pit and not directly on the ground. That will leave a scorch mark that you do not want in your garden. However, be careful because you might need an approval from your local fire brigade before you proceed!
Set up a Hot Buffet
This can easily go in your garden rooms. Instead of having people trod all night back and forth to the main house, use your garden rooms as a station for hot food and drinks. Choose comfort foods such as stews, soups, and chili that will help your guests stay warm while enjoying the party.
You can also serve hot beverages such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and mulled wine. Create a designated corner in the garden rooms where the guests can help themselves to these drinks all night long. They will thank you for it!
Plenty of Accessories to Go around
Another thing you can set up in the garden rooms is a special corner where the guests can find cozy accessories they will use as the night progresses. Professional party planners state that there are always a few people who attend outdoor winter parties without gloves, scarves or beanies. You can provide that for them.
Supplement the woolen accessories corner with blankets and socks in case there is snow on the ground and someone’s feet could get wet. The trick here is to keep your guests as cozy as possible and they will never want to leave.
Provide Some Entertainment
While it is true that a garden rooms party is perfect for socializing, that doesn’t mean there can’t be some entertainment. For example, you can screen a classic movie that you know everyone loves.
The moment will be unforgettable. All your friends huddled together in cozy blankets around the fire, toasting marshmallows and watching a vintage movie is something they will be talking about for years to come.
Pick A Theme
Of course, this is not compulsory. You are already throwing a winter garden rooms party, which should be enough to get all your friends talking. However, if you also want to get them posting selfies on Instagram and make your party the hit of the season, you can pick a theme as well.
What that will be is all up to you, your garden, and your budget. Some ideas include Frozen, of course, Hogsmeade (from Harry Potter) in winter, Game of Thrones Fire and Ice, winter woods, or anything else you can think of.
If you do choose a theme, make sure the food and beverages match the theme you have selected.
Light up Every Corner
Lights become extremely important when you throw a winter garden rooms party. There are several reasons for that. They provide not only light but also psychological comfort to your guests. Lights also serve an aesthetic purpose seeing as they glisten almost magically in the bright snow. Therefore, you need to bring in as much light as possible when organizing a winter party.
Start with lamps and lanterns that will provide the most light and help your guests navigate your back yard. Keep all the lights in the main house and garden rooms on at all times. They, along with the fire pit will act as the focus point of the party, letting people know where they can find the food and some warmth.
Continue by adding as many string lights as you can. Decorate your trees and shrubbery to create that magical contrast between light and snow. Finish everything off with candles that will give the feeling of even more heat in the garden.
Set up the Bar
There are two main rules you have to remember when it comes to setting up the bar for an outdoor winter party. You have to make it easy to find and you have to keep it simple.
Therefore, set it up in the garden rooms. That way, people will be able to find their way to it easily enough. Keep it mind that in wintertime, drinks are more than mere refreshments. Guests also drink to keep warm.
As a result you will have to keep it simple. Fancy cocktails are better suited for summertime. On this occasion, make good use of dark spirits. This is what they were created for. To keep you warm on a long, cold night. You can add some flavour to them with spices such as cinnamon and cardamom, which also get the blood running and keep you toasty.
And the final tip is for you, the host. Don’t forget to have fun at your own party. Most of the times people throwing parties get caught up in the job of being the host and forget to enjoy themselves. A winter garden rooms party is a rare occasion that you won’t forget very soon!