Dress for the Weather
Inform your cohort of the forecast on the day of your get-together and make suggestions on appropriate clothing choices (especially for those who aren’t accustomed to Calgary winters). Have spare scarves, mitts, toques, etc. on hand if needed.
Light it Up
Daylight is in limited supply in the winter so lighting is essential for wintertaining. Keep things simple with outdoor Christmas lights or fairy lights, or go all out with curtain lights, outdoor lamps, hanging lanterns or permanent light fixtures and sconces.
Feel the Heat
Outdoor socializing in the winter requires some kind of heat source. Options run from cheap (tiki torches and DIY firepits) to luxury (patio heaters and fire tables with wind guards). Have individual hand warmers on hand for guests and mind the wind around open flames.
Hot Drinks a Must
Hot beverages are essential for a wintertime get-together. Set out a self-serve station (complete with hand-sanitizer) offering hot chocolate or coffee, or do up a bulk batch of spiked apple cider, hot toddies or mulled wine if you want something with a kick.
Cook Over the Fire
When it comes to food, simple is best. There’s a reason why cooking hotdogs over an open fire is an all-time classic, while a grate over the firepit allows for a wider range of options, such as roasting chestnuts. Single-serving bags of chips or cookies allow people to snack safely. Smores are a must!
Set up Backyard Games
A little activity helps increase heart rates and keeps minds off the cold. Ring toss, cornhole and other backyard games are still fun in the snow and allow participants to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Backyard or Community Skating Rinks
If your backyard is large enough, you could flood the backyard, but synthetic ice is easier, plus, it doesn’t melt in the event of a temperature spike. Your backyard might not be an option for a rink so set a time to meet at your local community rink with a bonfire after to warm up.
Let the Music Play
Don’t let falling snow kill your tunes: if you plan to host a lot of outdoor gatherings this season you’ll want to invest in a Weatherproof sound system or MacGyver a covering for your portable speaker.
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