Monday, January 23, 2017

Let it Snow: Your Backyard Winter Wonderland

When we design a backyard living space, we aren’t just designing for one season. Having friends over for summertime swimming and grilling is classic fun in the sun, but this is Pittsburgh... we want to make sure you can have fun in the snow, too!

Outdoor entertaining translates perfectly to wintertime when you bring together a few key elements.

Invite the whole family. Who can resist an afternoon of sledding? Whether you’re planning weeks in advance or throwing an impromptu sled party on the first snow day of the season, include the kids and the adults.

Keep it cozy. Start the party with sled riding, but have warm-up stations ready for anyone who needs a break from the chill. Your roaring outdoor fireplace will be a popular spot! Is it a Steelers Sunday? Turn on the outside TV and layer your patio seating with plenty of fleece and flannel blankets.

Choose comfort food. Sledders work up an appetite, and this is the perfect time for toasty grilled cheese and tomato soup (an outdoor kitchen like this one would be ideal for making and serving lunch!). A hot cocoa bar—complete with marshmallows, peppermint sticks, cinnamon, and whipped cream—will keep the young (and the young at heart) smiling all day long.

Don’t forget the finishing touches. Have a few extra sleds on hand…by the end of the day, you’re bound to need a replacement or two. And instead of take-home party favors, offer your guests lip balm and hand warmers as they arrive. There’s nothing better than a gift you can put to use right away!

Your backyard should be a place where you can relax, play, and entertain all year long. With 35 years of experience in landscape, hardscape, waterscape, and carpentry, our Pittsburgh Stone and Waterscapes team knows exactly what you need to build a backyard for all seasons. We’ll create the space…you’ll create the memories. Let’s get planning!