Once the Christmas and New Year festivities are behind us, it’s a long haul before the warm summer months. Light up those cold, dark winter evenings with a stylish party. Invite your nearest and dearest to enjoy some fun and frivolity and take a break from the monotony of January.

Celebrating In Style

Set The Tone

Forget email and texts, set the tone by sending printed invitations. Include all pertinent details, along with an RSVP. Under dress code, state ‘Dress to Impress. Swimsuits Optional.’

Get It Catered

After the run-up to Christmas and all that entailed, you don’t want to be bothered with endless food preparations. Nor do you need to be left with a mountain of washing-up after the event. Enlist the help of a catering company. Work through the menu and select some tasty treats, along with a few healthy options for those embarking on New Year regimes. Go with seasonal produce and a fusion of flavors. The caterers will arrive in plenty of time with a plethora of restaurant-quality hor d’oeuvres and platters. Many companies will provide crockery and cutlery and will clear them away at the end of the event.

Employ waiting staff (or your teen son and his friends) to serve your guests, so you can enjoy being the hostess and have some fun. Forget worrying about whether everyone’s glass is topped up and spending most of your night in the kitchen. Let someone else take the strain.

Lighting

When it comes to parties, lighting is everything. Provide just enough for people to see each other comfortably. Create a magical glow with fairy lights and candles. Help your guests get into the party spirit by establishing a relaxed mood.

Extend your lights into the garden for those brave enough to face the elements. Set up sheltered areas for guests to gather and provide outdoor heaters to keep them warm.

Hot Tub

On a bitterly cold evening, there’s nothing nicer than stepping into a warm hot tub. The contrast between the frosty air and soothing water is delicious. Keep the champagne flowing so guests don’t have to come and go. And provide 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton towels for later, along with hot toddies and mulled wine.

Dress To Impress

As the invitation states, dress to impress. Let the catering staff take care of the food, while you enjoy a leisurely manicure. Keep it simple and understated. Spice up your little black dress with subtle accessories and a few sparkling rocks. Avoid the chaos of the New Year sales and buy jewelry online. Keep hair simple, so it can be pinned up for the hot tub and worn down for the rest of the evening. Allow for quick changes between your dress and bathing suit. And don’t forget a wrap or kimono.

Throwing a party during winter is a great way to break up those dull and dreary months. It will be some time before the first shoots of spring start to show and you begin planning your summer vacation. Gather your nearest and dearest and add a little cheer.