A garden is not just for summer. Gardens can and should be enjoyed all year round. While in the winter your garden may seem bare, cold and desolate; it certainly doesn't have to be. There are many ways to ensure your garden remains stylish and a place to enjoy all year round.
For festive parties and New Year's Eve, it is essential to have a beautiful garden that you and your guests can admire. Having a well-manicured garden means you have the perfect place to watch the fireworks on New Year's Eve to having an extension of your house to ensure all your guests can mingle with ease.
To make your garden sparkle during winter, follow our top tips for designing your garden for the party season.
Your garden should be an extension of your house, which means winter cosiness throughout. Fortunately, that is easy to do in the garden by scattering thick furry throws over the garden chairs and creating a Viking style appearance. With throws dotted around you do not have to worry about complete order and perfection; a scattered approach is a much more relaxed party vibe.
Another way to keep warm in the garden is through patio heaters and fire pits. For a more rustic look, fire pits can be a great focal point in the garden to gather around. For a more refined and contemporary look, patio heaters and tabletop heaters may be a better approach.
Set the mood with creative garden lighting To make your garden an enchanting and inviting place, the right lighting is essential. Fortunately, there is a tremendous amount of choice when it comes to outdoor garden lights. From LED deck lights, outside wall lights and garden fairy lights there is so much choice so that you can get creative with garden lighting ideas.
During the winter party season, you want to make sure that the lights are the focal point and truly shine. With this in mind, solar garden lights may not provide enough power. For lights, you can rely on all year, consider 12V landscape lighting. At the Garden Light Shop, we offer a range of professional looking lighting options which can be installed with ease. Our plug and play options make it easy to vary your garden lighting for every occasion.
What's more, the Garden Light Shop even offer a free cable design service to help you to maximise illumination in the parts of the garden where you most want it.
Winter garden food and hot cocktails
If you are planning to centre your party in the garden, then easy to eat treats and warming cocktails are ideal. If you choose a firepit, then consider alcoholic hot chocolate complete with toasted marshmallow skewers for dunking. Other warming cocktails include hot lemon vodka and honey, spiced apple toddies and hot buttered rum.
Other snacks which can help keep people warm while enjoying a starry sky include spicy chilli and maple syrup popcorn, Indian-spiced roasted chickpeas, jalapeno quesadilla and fiery chicken wings. All of these party snacks are easy to prepare in advance so you can focus on entertaining while ensuring your guests are warm and satisfied.
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