Most homeowners tend to pack up their patio furniture and retreat indoors during winter; however, that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the outdoors. Whether you live in a tropical climate where the winters are relatively warm or in a region where the temperatures drop, and the sun sets early, you and your family can still have a good time in the yard. All you need is a few cozy additions to make the space comfortable. 

Block The Wind

One of the first complaints about being outdoors in the winter is the cold air. Fortunately, there are various methods to reduce the wind blowing on you and your loved ones. You could invest in a wind-blocking fence, patio shades, vinyl curtains, plexiglass, and natural wind-blockers like plants, trees, and shrubs. 

Fire Pits

The next cozy addition to incorporate in your backyard is a Paver Fire Pit. There’s nothing like gathering around a wood-burning fire to warm you up on a cold winter night. You can opt for a large pit to place in the center of your seating area or tabletop fire pits for small outdoor spaces. Ensure that you place the fire pit a safe distance away to avoid injuries or fires. 

If you don’t like the maintenance or upkeep of a traditional wood fire pit, consider looking into gas or propane fire pits. These are usually going to be more luxurious and pricey, but it’s worth it with the quality and convenience you get with them.

Turn Up The Heat

Another option to keep your backyard warm in the winter is to purchase an outdoor heater. These are ideal for large enclosed spaces as they can keep everyone warm without much effort. If you have small children, remember to place safety gates around the heaters or fire pits to prevent them from getting hurt. 

Let There Be Light

The winter days are often shorter, making it dark outside in the evening. Illuminate your backyard by adding creative lights. Lantern, garden, and outdoor string lights provide a beautiful ambiance creating a welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy. Landscaping lights are ideal for illuminating walkways and highlighting backyard features like ponds and gardens. 

Weatherproof Furniture

Sitting in plastic lawn chairs and wooden bar stools  in the winter may not provide the desired comfort. Upgrading your outdoor living space with quality durable weatherproof furniture is ideal. For instance, Harbor Classic’s Nantucket outdoor furniture line can suit any backyard. Two Nantucket club chairs and a teak outdoor side table would look amazing next to a small fire pit. You also won’t have to worry about the furniture getting damaged when it rains or snows. 

Update The Decor

Your backyard is an extension of your home. Therefore, it should reflect your personality and style. After completing the updates listed above, incorporate some decor to take your yard to the next level. Warm chair cushions, throw pillows, blankets, candles, planters, and floral arrangements are excellent additions to consider. 

Prepare For Fun Winter Activities

Now that you’ve taken care of the logistics and aesthetics of your backyard, it’s time to focus on the fun and entertainment. Although swimming pools and outdoor games may not be ideal in the winter, there are plenty of activities to consider. 

You could wow your guests with a brick oven and serve delicious pizza and pasta, then follow up with a chocolate fondue set for dessert. If you have kids, they would likely enjoy making smores. Metallic smores makers are portable, affordable, and easy to use. 

After enjoying a delicious meal, you and your family can have fun playing board games, doing arts and crafts, or listening to music. A portable Bluetooth speaker and a killer playlist will keep everyone entertained all night long. You could watch movies under the stars with a white sheet or screen and a projector. 

While most people like to retreat indoors during the winter, there’s so much fun to be had outside! There’s no need to stare out the window and wish for spring and summer to arrive. Simply purchase some of the cozy additions listed above and create an outdoor winter oasis that you and your family can enjoy all season long.