It’s that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the mornings are getting darker and there’s a distinct chill in the air. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay away all your garden furniture until next Summer- Autumn and Winter are great times to entertain, so get out there and make the most of it!
With Halloween and bonfire night just around the corner (not to mention Christmas) there are still lots of reasons to entertain outside. Assetgrove says, it’s easier than you may think- “All you need is a good firepit or chimnea, some warm clothes and a few garden lights to bring a bit of sparkle”. There are some great bargains to be had online and in the home improvement stores at this time of year, and traditionally “summery” items like barbecues are often half price or less. You can pick up a firepit for around £30 in some places- and if it’s a good one, there’s no reason why it can’t keep you and your guests warm on even the frostiest winter nights. Decorate your garden with solar panelled fairy lights (plenty still work in the winter) and coloured lanterns and throw a big bonfire party- perfect with toasted marshmallows, fondues and freshly made soup. There’s nothing quite like wrapping up warm around a bonfire and breathing in the cool, crisp winter air.
If your guests do complain of getting chilly, some outdoor activities and games like charades are a good way to get people moving or hand out cosy blankets. Rich, luxurious textures like sheepskin or faux fur add a bit of glamour to the proceedings and you can pick up some gloves and hats at your local discount shop for around a pound. Brightly coloured decorations and a few bottles of good red wine also help get people in the party mood. LDG suggests “If you want to go for the full apres-ski experience, try a few bottles of schnapps and decorate the garden with warm reds and fake animal fur throws.”
For the ultimate in outdoor entertaining, you can’t go far wrong with a hot tub. Winter is one of the most enjoyable times to relax in hot bubbly water, but there are a few precautions to remember. If your tub has an Auto Heat or Freeze protect capacity, now’s the time to use it to present the pipes from freezing. Most modern spas have an an auto timer, so making sure it’s set to Auto Heat mode will keep the tub nice and warm without running the risk of burst pipes. Once it’s all set, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the luxurious warm swirling water underneath the stars- it’s even better if it snows. M&M Property points out that hot tubs come with other benefits too- “As outdoor parties go, it’s pretty hard to beat- and a hot tub can also make your home look instantly more appealing to buyers if you’re looking to sell.”