While the Summer weather in South Texas is most definitely not brag-worthy, the Winter season is another story. While most of the country is bundled up inside, our beautiful, crisp, humid-free Winter weather makes it a great time to host outdoor events. As a result, we can enjoy pleasurable outdoor holiday gatherings without dealing with freezing temperatures or snow storms. During the year of COVID-19, these Southern climate patterns are actually advantageous!

If you’re planning a gathering at your home this holiday season, consider taking the party outdoors! Here’s what you need to know to plan the perfect outdoor holiday gathering:

Stay Warm by the Fire

If you don’t have one already, invest in a fire pit. Not only will it provide comfortable warmth, but also family-friendly activities, like s’mores roasting! Better yet, if you’re building your dream home, consider including a built in fireplace on your back patio for long-term enjoyment.

Keep it Lit

If your gathering is in the evening hours, don’t forget about the necessity of lighting! If you don’t have bright outdoor lighting already, string lights across your party space for a functional, affordable, and beautiful touch.

Decorate the Green Way

Skip the expensive, store-bought decorations this year. Instead, use natural greenery to decorate for your outdoor party. Consider: outdoor wreaths, poinsettias, table evergreens, lemon cypress, and orchids. To take it a step further, purchase a small holiday plant for each guest to take home as a party favor. Small wreaths or poinsettias make for a great holiday gift!

Project Entertainment

For easy entertainment, use an outdoor projector and screen. You can live stream the football game or play a family-favorite Christmas movie. Either way, it’s sure to be a huge hit for adults and kids!

During this unpredictable and unusual season of COVID, we’re learning to adapt like never before. By considering these outdoor holiday tips, you can enjoy a safe, healthy, and enjoyable holiday gathering with your family and friends!