The cold weather has finally set in but that doesn’t mean we have to take the fun indoors! Nothing beats a good winter garden party, spending time outside in the elements is exhilarating and exciting and you don’t have to worry about your guests spilling their drinks on the carpet!

Thanks to modern innovations in outside furniture and heating there’s no reason why time outside shouldn’t be every bit as comfortable in winter as it is in summer. There are so many reasons to celebrate the colder seasons: Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas to name but a few, so dust the snow off your garden furniture and take the celebrations back into the great outdoors!

Winter garden party

Stay Warm In The Snow

It’s important to avoid your guests turning into ice sculptures during your winter garden party and with appropriate outside heating there’s no reason why they should. If you want to capture the warmth of the season then investing in outside heaters is a subtle way to raise the temperature in your garden and for some festive flair you can gather your guests around a bonfire or fire pit so they can stay warm by a beautiful and seasonal crackling fire.

Barbecue in nature, group of people preparing sausages on fire (note: shallow dof)

Plan A Warming Menu

Keep your guests warm both inside and out by preparing some warming food to tantalise their taste buds. Sausage and bacon sandwiches are always a winter party favourite, to make this staple more exciting then marinated pulled pork sandwiches and hog roasts are a fantastic alternative that people can eat while they mingle. If you’re hosting more of a sit-down festive feast browse through the recipe books to find delicious recipes for chillies, stews and soups that will really take the chill off the evening.

Break The Ice

If you’re throwing a party for a collection of guests who don’t all know each other an interactive dining experience is a great way to start conversations. Try serving that old dinner party classic, a bubbling pot of fondue around the fire, your guests can choose what they cook and everyone can get involved.

Drink In The Season

The beverages are as important as the food when it comes to throwing a successful party and luckily there are endless tried and tested winter cocktails to get your soirée started right. Adding pomegranate or cranberry juice to glasses of fizz gives it a wintery feel and no Christmastime shindig could be complete without steaming mugs of delicious mulled wine!

Two young women enjoy tea winter cottage

Make Sure Your Furniture Can Brave The Cold

Deck chairs and picnic blankets aren’t enough to keep your guests comfortable in the cold! Your garden furniture should be the same quality as your interior furniture so your guests feel as comfortable outside as they do in. Choose dining sets, outdoor sofas, hanging chairs, corner groups and sunloungers that you can enjoy all year round and create your own luxury outdoor room.

It’s important to invest in furniture that will last without becoming weathered in a few short years. Rattan garden furniture looks fantastic and remains undamaged by the elements so you can throw parties in winter, spring, summer and autumn and your guests will always be impressed.

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