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Outdoor entertaining in winter

Outdoor entertaining in winter

Many people put off the thought of outdoor entertaining in winter. But if you can create the right ambience, the cooler months can be a great time for outdoor gatherings. Below are some tips to help create a warm atmosphere and throw a party that your guests won’t forget.

Make it warm enough
Warmth is vital when making your guests feel comfortable in winter. Depending on your particular outdoor space, fire braziers or patio heaters can provide ample heat. For some added cosiness, have a store of blankets ready to hand out to people who may still be feeling the cold.

Light it up
It gets dark early in the winter months, so having enough light is important. A combination of different light sources can look attractive and help to make sure that people can see each other. Strings of fairy lights, tea candles in jars and citronella lamps all work well together and can help to build a comfortable mood. If you are using fire braziers, these will also provide light.

Make enough space
Having enough seating options but not overcrowding the area is essential. Don’t be afraid to use picnic rugs, cushions or camping chairs if you run out of regular chairs. If you have the space, spread out the seating so that people can stand up and mingle if they want. If you are working with a smaller space, try to keep seating to the outskirts so that there is open space for standing and walkways.


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Gardening Ideas for Small Spaces

Gardening ideas for small spaces

If you live in a unit, apartment or townhouse, creating an enjoyable garden may feel out of your reach. However there are many ways to indulge your green thumb and enjoy the beauty of a garden, even if you don’t have a large backyard. Below are some tips to help you build an attractive garden in a small space.

Plan your layout
When planning a garden, draw a layout as your first step. This can help you visualise the end product and ensure that your design will be effective. When working with small spaces be careful to not overcrowd the area. Try to incorporate a focal point that will draw attention and interest. This can help to create the feeling that the area is larger than it actually is.

Consider using vertical gardens
Vertical gardens are an effective way to bring colour and greenery into a balcony or patio without taking up a large amount of floor space. This option can be useful in creating a large blanket of greenery as a backdrop for a feature plant or ornament.

Grow an edible garden
A small garden doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy home grown produce. There are many options that will thrive in small spaces given the right environment. An appropriate amount of sunlight and water is important. Growing potted herbs can be a great way to start, but don’t feel constrained – keep on expanding the varieties you plant. For extra motivation, try to grow things that you like to eat.


0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 01/07/2015 at 4:59 PM | Categories: Around the house -