Just because the nights are slightly colder, doesn’t mean you have to put the party on hold till summer. Winter is a great time to host an event, with endless themes, plenty of devices to keep you warm, and the opportunity for lazy guests to don their most comfortable winter garb. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas for your next winter party.

Serve Hot Food and Drinks

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Serving hot food and drinks is a great way to defrost your guests and keep the winter chill away. Hot food will heat your guests from the inside out. Soup and warmed bread is easy and very warming. You can have a few soup varieties in different pots, ready for guests to serve themselves. You could also serve up a nice curry or even piping hot meat pies. Warmed cake, waffles or pancakes would make a good desert.

Another great way to keep partygoers warm is to serve hot drinks. Coffee, tea and hot cocoa are great for non-alcoholic drinks. Or you can make a big pot of hot chocolate so guests can serve themselves; add marshmallows for them to sprinkle on top. Mulled wine is a tasty and warm alcoholic beverage. Mulled wine is easy to prepare. It’s really just a combination of wine and lovely festive spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. This brew should be heated gently so the flavours have lots of time to combine and you can ladle it straight from the pot into wine glasses when your guests arrive.

Choose a Winter Theme

Choose a winter theme and decorate in wintry colours, like white, grey and blue and even add some fake snow. Pick a theme that allows everyone to dress up in their warmest clothes. Why not throw a pyjama party and have everyone turn up in the warmest flannelettes? Or a secret agent party where trench coats are the preferred costume?

You could hire a projector from Modern Party Hire and get everyone to bring blankets so you can have a snug movie party. Just add popcorn. Heated inflatable spas are also available for hire, so you can have a great pool party in the middle of winter.

What about a penguin party? This can be a really cute theme for a winter party. You can make some stuffed penguin decorations and even make penguin shaped invitations. Add a bowl of blue punch with a sign saying ocean. Penguin costumes are simple to make, will keep you warm, and even serve as a great icebreaker. After all, who doesn’t like ridiculous in a penguin outfit

Firepits and Heaters

When the warm clothes simply don’t cut it, opt for an outdoor fire pit or heater. These can be found at any hardware or home décor store, and are easy to install and maintain. Fire pits are a great investment for outdoor living area, offering versatility and instant ambiance. Just think: Roasting marshmallows, relaxing after a long day with a glass of wine, or even cooking a hearty meal!

Don’t let the cold weather deter you from having a good time. Winter party ideas are really only limited by your imagination. If you have any winter party ideas we’d love to hear them, just add them to the comments box below. Happy winter partying!