Winter outdoor entertaining tips: How to host a cold-weather get-together

(NC) Over the last year and a half, many of us have embraced outdoor living and started enjoying our balconies, patios and backyards to the fullest. But just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean spending more time outside needs to stop. Be a great cold-weather get-together host by following these tips:

Always keep guests warm
Probably the top concern when it comes to cold-weather get-togethers is making sure everyone is warm and comfortable. Fortunately, you can accomplish this in style with a rustic firepit, chiminea or patio heater. You can also light candles and provide cozy blankets for some added warmth.

Decorate with seasonal items
Enhance the theme of a festive winter get-together with country and farmhouse décor, like plaid linens and pillows. You can also create a nature-inspired tablescape with fresh pinecones and evergreen branches. A vintage wooden sled makes for a charming side table to set with drinks and snacks.

Serve comfort food and drink
There’s nothing like old favourites to make spirits bright. You’ll never go wrong with a classic hot chocolate and marshmallows or s’mores by the fire. If you’re feeling creative, try French toast fingers dipped in maple syrup. Want to give guests a hearty meal? Make some chili earlier in the day and reheat it, or fire up the grill for some maple-glazed wings and stuffed squash to add some extra warmth.

Experiment with sound
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