Balsam Hill Guide: Winter Entertaining by the Fire

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There’s nothing more comforting on a chilly winter evening than spending time with loved ones by an inviting fire. Balsam Hill shows you some simple tips for hosting a warm and cheery get-together during the cold weather season.

Set a Welcoming Scene

Create a relaxing space in front of the fireplace by arranging seats in a way that encourages conversation. Courtney of French Country Cottage shows us how to put together elements of comfort and warmth to help set the tone for the evening, such as a cozy cashmere throw on the sofa and soft glowing candles. Also, consider setting up a beautiful fireplace screen. It keeps away errant embers and helps define the fireplace as the focal point of the room.

Seasonal greenery adds natural beauty and softens the look of your fireplace. As seen above, Courtney decorated her mantel with a BH Fraser Fir garland, fresh eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus pods, and dried peonies. You can achieve the same look by accenting artificial foliage with live blooms, leafy branches, or berries.

Plan Fun Activities

Photo of marshmallows and other s'mores ingredients, along with Balsam Hill's Roasting Forks
Photo by Courtney of French Country Cottage

Making s’mores by the fire is one pastime that bridges generations and always brings back joyful memories. As Courtney says, “Just because it is too chilly outside for a campfire doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of those fun summer activities in winter. Roasting marshmallows and making s’mores in your fireplace can be just as fun indoors. All you need is firewood for a toasty fire and the essentials – graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, and roasting forks – which make enjoying s’mores anytime of the year even easier.”

Friendly competition also helps makes the evening more memorable, so activities such as poker, board games, or even darts would be good choices. Other ideas to consider would be a fun sing-off, finishing jigsaw puzzles, or a rousing game of charades.

Prepare the Evening’s Fare

One option to consider would be a varied cheese platter, which works well with a selection of good wines to tempt the palate. Bite-sized sandwiches, fondue, antipasto platters, and salads are also sure to be hits, and can be prepared ahead to time so you can relax and enjoy the gathering.

A cozy night by the fire would be incomplete without a warm drink in hand, so make sure to provide hot beverages, such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Keep insulated mugs on hand to keep drinks at the perfect temperature to enjoy.

Keep these tips in mind, and your loved ones will surely enjoy an evening full of lively conversation and happy memories. Visit Balsam Hill for more products that will help make your winter festivities a picture-perfect occasion.

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