Your winter solstice party doesn’t need to be indoors if you’re fortunate enough to have an outdoor living room. Even if you haven’t winterized this space yet, there are simple steps you can take to prepare this room that will make it cozy and support your winter holiday party themes. Here are some outdoor room ideas that will keep this space warm and cozy and looking beautiful for solstice and all your other winter holiday events.
(Watch the video that’s attached to this article to learn how to make candles for your winter solstice party in your outdoor living room; be sure to watch these videos for more tips about how to inexpensively set up and winterize your room as well.
Outdoor Decorating Ideas: Candles and Outside Fireplace Designs
If you’re one of the lucky ones who has an outside fireplace start planning your winter solstice party ideas around this element along with some cozy earth-colored candles.
Decorate your patio fireplace with natural elements such as pine cones and boughs as well as pumpkins and red and green apples, squash, interesting tree branches and other outdoor elements that act as reminders for the solstice. Add your earth-toned candles to the mantel along with these other elements. For an added ethereal effect, place mirrors behind the candles to reflect even more light.
If with all these decorative elements your outdoor patio room still is a bit chilly, add an electric patio heater or two to the corners. You can rent these at local rental places.
Outdoor Kitchen Designs: Setting up for your Winter Solstice Party
Many outdoor living rooms that have a fireplace utilize a design that makes the outdoor fireplace part of an outdoor kitchen. If you have one of these areas, extend the decorative elements you’ve used to decorate the mantel of your fireplace to the counters of the outdoor kitchen. Put on a big kettle of hot wassail for your guests to drink and have a pot of winter stew or bean soup cooking to set the stage as well.
Outdoor Decorating Ideas: Letting the Sunset In
Finally, one of the things that many people consider a don’t-miss winter solstice ritual is watching the sunset. If you can do it outside along with your winter solstice party guests, that’s ideal. But if it’s just too cold, add some clear plastic roll down shades to the roof of your outdoor living room. These are rolled down in the winter and rolled up in the summer to help regulate the temperatures inside your space. Once you have the blinds hung up, decorate them with pine bough garlands, dried berries, and baby’s breath.
Winter solstice is a time for reflection and to celebrate the year that’s passed and the one yet to come.
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