Living in the South, typically means that the chances of a white Christmas are slim. Sure, “Jack Frost might be nipping at your nose” but the likelihood of Frosty showing up is pretty rare. So, in the event that a moderately comfortable day is in the forecast, now is a great time to start thinking about hosting that family holiday party outside – especially if you have an outdoor space such as a kitchen, a spacious patio or deck complete with a fire pit or grill!
Hosting the Holidays Outside
Hosting your holiday party outside doesn’t have to be a stressful activity. In fact, you might even discover that in using your outdoor entertainment area for your party, you enjoy yourself more than normal. Here are a few outside entertainment tips to make your holiday season bright.
Set up an outside bar.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, merely functional. You can turn any space into a bar area with just a few holiday decorations and the use of a large cutting board or wood plank. Choose some basic beverages and cocktail items and let your guests make their own drinks.
Sing it out.
Will you be inviting guests who are musically gifted? Ask them to bring along their instruments so they can sit around the fire pit or along the patio and play. Who knows? There might be some hidden talents you don’t know about! An even better way to encourage gust participation is with a sing-along. A few guitars, a banjo, harmonica or other music sources, and you can have dancing and singing all night long!
You need your guests to be comfortable. Having baskets filled with pillows and blankets so that you have plenty of seating options and opportunities for snuggling is a must.
Don’t forget your tablescape!
Make it fun and festive, while pulling in as many natural elements as you can. Those boughs of holly paired with sparkling glassware, festive decorations, strings of battery-operated lights and ribbons are perfect for adding fun to any table. For a touch of nostalgia, be sure to include some antique toys!
It’s not just the reindeers who play games, your guests can too. Be sure to provide group games like cards, dominoes, or others that encourage group participation.
Don’t stress the menu.
Yes, it is the holiday season where elaborate food is often par for the course, but your outside holiday party menu can be simple. Think about items that can be prepared in advanced, finger foods, items that can be cooked in the outdoor kitchen or on the grill or encourage guests to help out. After all, hosting an outdoor holiday event shouldn’t be stressful. As longtime residents of Georgia with a great deal of experience in outdoor entertainment areas, the Outdoor Makeover and Construction team has designed many spaces for holiday entertaining. If you are interested in having an outdoor area for entertainment of your own, give us a call today. We would love to create a space that’s perfect for all your hosting and entertainment needs.