By now we’ve all had our fare share of winter weather. Some
have spent the last few months trying to plan a social life whilst accounting
for cooler temperatures. Others have spent what I am sure by now seems to have
been countless days battling icy cold temperatures, unable to make a move
without defrosting automobiles and toes. Wherever our location I think we’re
all due for a little winter fun. I recommend we take the advice I gave in my post
“Hello Dark Dead of Winter. Meet Winter Wonderland” . Let’s host a Winterfest!
Allow me to ask the question for you… “Okay Bectoria,
what on Earth is a Winterfest and why do I need one?” Winterfest is a
celebration of a season most wouldn’t mind living without. It’s a way to look
the cold, darkness of winter directly in the face and dare it to do its worst.
Intrigued? Here’s what to do.
First, choose a date. Outdoor winter fun is most enjoyed
during the daytime. To get the most out of this special event I recommend choosing
to host your Winterfest on a Saturday or Sunday.
Next, choose a venue. While some might opt to host a Winterfest
at their residence, others might prefer a local park, ice rink or toboggan run.
Once a venue is selected, make sure all administrative details, like
reservations, are made prior to sending out invites.
Now you’re ready for the invites. I recommend including a
short explanation with what to expect and what to bring (including extra socks
and clothing, camping chairs, sleds, shovels, etc.)
No party would be complete without a menu. Let’s just skip
the nostalgia of chestnuts roasting over an open fire and get real about
comfort food. When I think about what comforts people in cooler or even
freezing weather I think cookies, hot donuts, cocoa, cider and coffee. If this
type of menu is what you’re after, there are a number of businesses and coffee
houses that have disposable containers that will easily suit your purpose. If you’re going for a heartier menu, soups,
small sausages, meatballs and other such fare can be easily transported in
disposable containers purchased at any party store or in your trusty slow
cooker. (NOTE: Alcoholic beverages are not recommended for this event).
Okay, kids! Time for the fun! Take a moment to plan the flow
of your event. For instance, you could plan to greet your guests with a warm
beverage. After partygoers have had time to visit, you could recommend any
number of activities you have planned for the special event. Some activity
ideas include snowman building or a snowball war (for snowy weather), soccer
(on a smaller-scale field), and finally, sledding. And NO sledding does not
just have to be in snowy weather. Doubt me? Just take two sleds, plop a person
in each one then add another person (one for each sled) with a case of the
sillies to pull each one and watch the hilarity ensue. (NOTE: If you’re planning a bonfire, open
flames are dangerous and not recommended).
Finally, it’s time to make a list of needed supplies. Many
of the venues suggested above will have tables and seating available. If not,
you can rent or borrow whatever you might need so that your Winterfest can go
off without a hitch. Take special note of any paper supplies you will need to
accompany your menu. Ooh! And don’t forget the camera!
Now that we have a fool-proof plan for an awesome event, go
ahead, strap on your boots and host a Winterfest of your very own. So what’ya say?
Let’s shake it up a bit and let all the fun fall out!