Tips for a Festive Backyard Holiday PartyPergola Depot
While you may be dreaming of a white Christmas, if you live in a spot on the map where real snowflakes won’t be a reality, at least you can have a backyard holiday party to share the highlights of the year without getting frostbite! Or if you do live where the forecast calls for chilly temps and you don’t mind the cold, make a plan to have your party outdoors and stock up on firewood. Just be sure to have your guests dress warm, and plan to huddle around the fireplace, or invest in some outdoor heaters to keep everyone cozy underneath your outside pergola.
Warm or cold, this would be the perfect time to put your outdoor kitchen to use for food prep, or as your main cooking and serving area. Since the kitchen is always the favorite landing spot, lure your guests to the outdoor space and keep them from clogging up your indoor kitchen!
A nice way to keep guests outdoors with a festive twist is creating a special drink area, complete with hot cocoa bar and seasonal treats that are enjoyed at any age. Handmade signs, free printables (like these from Yellow Bliss Road), or mini-chalkboards that decorate your food and drink stations are a fun addition that can be reused time and time again.
Lighting makes an outdoor area inviting regardless of the climate or season. Set the stage with some solar string lights or battery-operated candles that can easily add a warm glow to your dining area. A glass jar with a string of battery operated lights makes a pretty nice centerpiece when paired with a ring of greens and some pinecones, seashells, or another favorite decoration! So whether or not snow is in the forecast, all you need is a little bit of extra lighting, some special treats, and a great gathering spot, and you’ve got yourself a festive backyard party for holiday celebrating!