But then you miss the pleasure of jumping in muddy puddles, seeing the light breakthrough the leafless trees and witnessing the frost settle on the ground.  There is something lovely about the crisp air, the grey tones and the winter scents that comes with the season.

If you’re feeling as cold as we are, here’re some tips to make your outdoor entertaining in the cold weather more comfortable.

Get your party underway early

Enjoy the last of the precious rays of daylight before the winter darkness sets in by inviting your crew over in the late afternoon.

Decorate with seasonal foliage

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Make the most of the seasonal offerings by decorating your outdoor space with a winter touch.  Consider using natural elements like foliage and herbs from your garden.

Gather a crate of blankets

Whether you’re entertaining on your deck or out on the lawn, gather some blankets from around the house and arrange them in an old crate or basket.  Your guests will thank you when the night’s air settles in.

Illuminate your space

Light up your outdoor entertaining so your guests can see what they’re eating and who they’re talking too! Use candles in jars or strings among trees for a casual effect.

Add some heat

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A roaring fire and outdoor entertaining go hand in hand.  You don’t need a built in fireplace to enjoy some heat; there are plenty of well-designed fire pits that can be easily incorporated into any garden.

Get toasting

Feed your hungry guests and make the most of your fire by toasting some nuts, squishing together marshmallow s’mores or serving up some grilled prawns on a stick.

Warm up with hot drinks

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Ham up the seasonal feeling by serving hot drinks like a spiced mulled wine or a sweet hot choccy.

Flick on a movie

You’ll forget all about the cold when you rug up with blankets on comfy bean bags and outdoor lounges to watch a good flick in your outdoor cinema.