January, 17, 2014

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Throw an Indoor Party

No matter what part of the country you’re currently in, you’re undoubtedly experiencing colder temperatures than usual—or at least you will soon. You may want to go out and have a good time, but why not bring the party indoors? You’ll get all the socializing you want without having to face any inclement weather—all while in the comfort of your own home.

1) Bar none

Throw an indoor party when outside is too cold.You may not be going out to the bar, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create one—or more than one—yourself. Let guests get just what they want from your smorgasbord of bars as they serve themselves—it’s a win-win.

Hot chocolate bar

If guests would rather keep their drinks nonalcoholic, they’ll be more than happy with another warm beverage and everyone’s favorite winter drink—hot chocolate!

Provide all the fixings for them—chocolate squares, whipped topping, peppermint sticks, sprinkle-encrusted marshmallows and hot cocoa, of course. Put out plenty of your favorite mugs, either classy or embarrassingly kitschy, for partygoers to pour their signature hot cocoa into.

S’mores bar

Who doesn’t love desserts, or, more specifically, s’mores? Your guests can still roast their marshmallows, but instead of by a bonfire, have them achieve their level of toasted perfection over an unscented candle, or, if you really want to be fancy, a tabletop Hibachi grill. Then, have them create their s’mores masterpiece from your spread of selections. Have them choose from their own graham crackers, chocolates and marshmallows—store bought or homemade, if you’re adventurous—but go beyond the regulars.

Chocolate and cinnamon graham crackers? Check.

French vanilla, birthday cake and red velvet marshmallows? Sure.

White, dark, milk, and peanut butter and caramel-filled chocolate? Absolutely.

Drinks bar

As for the bar in the more traditional sense of the word , just because you’re trying to avoid winter doesn’t mean your drinks can’t still be festive. Offer drinks that keep you warm, like whiskey, wine or bourbon—even if you’re already plenty warm burrowed away on the couch.

2) Served on a silver platter—or table cloths

The whole point of having parties at home is to be relaxed, so you need to embrace the fact that you’re in your cozy house or apartment and keep the night lighthearted, fun and worry-free. Still, even though you’re staying home, that’s no reason you can’t spruce up the decor a little bit! Keep the color scheme monochromatic, and focus not so much on decorations themselves, but decorating what you will be placing your food on—namely, some kind of table linen. For this party, stylish table cloths are key. Choose decorative table cloths in a smoldering gunmetal or charcoal. Even a simple silver table linen can give your casual house party an unforgettable atmosphere.

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