Creating a Festive Outdoor Space for the Holidays

String lights add ambiance at dusk to closed pergola with seating beneath and small pool in center

Kitchen and living room feeling cramped with all your holiday guests? Why not entertain outdoors this holiday season? Here are a few tips for creating a festive outdoor space at your home:

The Fire is So Delightful

Your guests may gather around a fire pit or fireplace because it’s cold outside, but fire features also provide a warm, welcoming ambience for a social gathering. Arrange seating around your fire feature to encourage your guests to stay a while—and be sure to stock up on wood and marshmallows.

Twinkle Twinkle

Since it gets dark so much earlier at this time of year, you need extra lighting in your outdoor entertaining areas. Bring a festive feeling to your space with candles and string lights. Not only will they create a holiday atmosphere, the lighting they provide is softer and more intimate than basic overhead lights. Bring a magical twinkle to your party by putting a string of lights inside a candle holder or by hanging them over your main entertaining area.

Cheers to Cocoa and Eggnog

Keep your guests happy and take one thing off your hosting list by setting up a self-serve bar. Guests can choose, customize, and pour their own drink. You can feature a variety of drinks – either alcoholic or non-alcoholic – such as hot chocolate, coffee, tea, eggnog, or hot buttered rum. Simply set out the selections, cups/glasses, and any accompanying ingredients for guests to make their own holiday drink. You can even add appetizers or small desserts to the table for before or after dinner snacking.

Holiday Craft Station

Get crafty by setting up a craft table at your party! Find an easy craft (for kids and adults) and provide the necessary items. From a cookie decorating station to antler headbands, everyone can get as messy as they want and there’s no need to worry about the mess because you’re outside!

An Arcadia louvered roofing system will protect your peaceful seating areas and create a welcoming outdoor retreat for you and your guests all year long. We can also add fire features, heating units, lighting systems and a wide variety of other options to your outdoor space.  If you aren’t able to entertain outdoors on your porch or patio in the colder months due to a lack of overhead covering, give us a call and talk to an Arcadia expert today.