Brrrr! It is cold outside! Our entire country seems to be in a deep freeze this week, and it is projected to continue on into next week. You all know I love snow, but since we are getting none I have been daydreaming about winter parties…and there are SO many beautiful ideas available for entertaining inspiration that I couldn’t resist sharing a few with you today…perhaps they will give you some ideas so that you can celebrate the season. Let’s start with this sledding party that was featured in Country Living magazine.
It featured a hot cocoa bar and a snack station with caramel corn, cookies, and s’mores.
I thought these meringue snowflakes were lovely, and you can find the recipe for them here.
Here is another party that celebrates the wonder of winter – a birthday party. Unlike the sledding party above, this one was held indoors but it still had treats inspired by the season. Just look at these desserts!
These treats don’t look too complicated, so they would be easy for a spur of the moment party.
I loved the ideas in this next event – an outdoor party for winter. It was held in Minnesota, and the family had a large bonfire for warmth.
Here is a better view of the soups in the plaid thermoses (more warmth!)
I believe this next piece of winter entertaining eye candy originally came from an old Martha Stewart Living magazine, but I have not been able to trace it to that source (just my memory.) I love the wagon loaded down with thermoses of soup and crates of hotdog buns and cookies.
I specifically saved this next magazine issue from 2008 because it featured a snow party. Are you familiar with Life Beautiful?
It is a Christian based publication, and the photography in it is simply gorgeous. This sledding and skating party photographed at Wildwood Hills Ranch, a camp for at risk children, was no exception.
And just look at that wonderful table covered in red plaid. The pillar candles in the buckets are a great idea to borrow.The last site I would like for you to hop over and take a look at belongs to a very talented graphic designer. If you don’t already know about the work of Susan Sidoriak and her team at Silverbox Creative, you will be in Heaven perusing the site. Here is a birthday celebration invitation they made using… snow globes!
Aren’t those amazing? Susan also made these lovely hot cocoa kits she delivered to her neighbors a few years ago when everyone was snowed in. (There is even a free printable there if you follow the link to the post on her blog, and then you can do the same for your neighbors.)
Here is a more recent one she created for her neighbors using a photo of her pretty house in Pennsylvania, some marshmallows, cocoa, and cookie dough…all in a plastic bag delivered to the doors of her neighbors’ homes.
I thought that was such a beautiful and clever idea.
And here is my husband’s beautiful and clever idea…leaving the sprinkler on during one of these cold nights to make ice in our yard (our closest thing to snow.)
So whether you are inspired to make ice in your yard, bake snacks for a sledding party, try a new recipe for meringue snowflakes, serve soup from a thermos at a winter picnic, use candles in tin buckets for a centerpiece, or surprise your neighbor with hot cocoa in a “Snowed in” gift bag, I hope you will celebrate the beauty of winter.
Have a cozy weekend!