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The Best Winter Party Ideas
December 01, 2022
The Best Winter Party Ideas

Don’t like cooler temps get you down! There are plenty of ways to enjoy wintertime, including throwing a party for friends and loved ones. Make your swimming pool the focal point with these winter party ideas!

Enjoy your swimming pool all year round with these winter outdoor party ideas. When you invest in a pool heater, outdoor firepit, and attractive lighting, anything is possible!

Long gone are the days of closing up your pool for the winter and saying goodbye until summertime! With the proper equipment, you can enjoy your pool area all year round. And what better way to do so than to throw a winter party? Depending on the climate you live in, you may need to invest in a pool heater — but it’s totally worth it. Gather your friends and loved ones in your backyard to enjoy a wintertime dip and then warm up in front of an outdoor fire pit.

We’ve rounded up the best winter party ideas to inspire you!

Go Swimming in a Heated Pool

If you live in a warm climate, you may not even need to worry about heating your pool. That said, many pool owners experience cold winters. If you want to use your pool all year round, you should consider investing in a quality pool heater. Choose between gas heaters and heat pumps. You could also use a combination of the two.  

Once your pool is nice and warm, invite your guests to jump in! Pool games like Marco Polo, Tug of War, or Chicken (if you’re not afraid of the cold) are all great options. And a good old-fashioned diving contest is always a fun time.

Make sure you have plenty of warm towels and blankets to offer your guests once they get out of the pool. Another way to warm up after a little winter dip is to gather around an outdoor fire pit!

Gather Around an Outdoor Fire Pit

One of our favorite winter outdoor party ideas includes a roaring fire! While we don’t recommend building a bonfire in your backyard, we can definitely stand behind an outdoor fire pit. We have plenty of options to choose from, ranging from fire pits to fire tables to fire bowls. You can pick something that complements your personal style and that works with the rest of your backyard’s design.

You can use a fire pit to roast s’mores, warm up after a dip in the pool, and simply relax with your friends. You can tell stories, or even cook up some hot dogs. Break out a deck of cards to enjoy a game in front of the fire. Just be sure to be careful, and keep a close eye on any young children.

Hop in the Hot Tub

Hot tubs are made for winter parties! Nothing says a winter bash quite like a steamy backyard spa. You’ll have to, of course, start with a hot tub (click here for our buying guide), but that’s all you’ll need! Again, make sure to have towels and blankets on hand so that your guests can dry off once they’re done. 

You’ll want to also make sure that your tub is clean and ready for use. You may also want to invest in a few hot tub accessories, like drink holders, LED lights, and pillows. 

Create a Winter Party Atmosphere

It’s no secret that the sun sets earlier in the winter months. Be prepared and make sure to have lots of lighting on hand. You can even install some pool lights so that it’s illuminated for nighttime swimming. Other light options include string lights, flood lights, or even candles. 

Another way you can create the ultimate winter party atmosphere is to set out lots of plaid blankets and plenty of pillows to hang out on. Create an indoor-outdoor option so that if some guests get chilly they can head inside. You could even take a nod from restaurants and cafés who have gotten into the outdoor eating scene. Backyard portable igloo, anyone? 

Serve Yummy Food & Drink

It wouldn’t be a party without refreshments! Lean into the winter theme and serve warming beverages and snacks. Mulled wine, hot cider, hot chocolate, soup, and grilled cheese sandwiches are all great winter outdoor party ideas. And, don’t forget about those s’mores and hot dogs! Set up a roasting station next to your fire pit so that your guests can help themselves when they start to get hungry. 

Use these winter party ideas as inspiration for your next winter bash! 

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