Inspiration for your garden winter wonderland
There aren’t many of us who don’t love this time of year. The nights drawing in earlier, an excuse to curl up with a blanket and a good book or a film and the prospect of the elusive snow that may or may not make an appearance during the Christmas period. That’s without even mentioning the fact that Christmas is only just around the corner! But for many of us, this year, we are tightening our belts and trying to scale back on what is an already expensive time of year. That may mean we don’t attend as many Christmas parties as normal, we may not visit as many places, and we may not take that yearly trip to London to see the lights. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should miss out – why not create your own winter wonderland at home?
This month, Handmade Hideaways takes a look at how you can create a special place in your own back garden using your bespoke garden building and some clever decorations and accessories. We guarantee this is a place your friends and family will want to visit when you are done!
Tips for decorating your garden building winter wonderland
The first place to start is your bespoke garden building. How do you plan to make your festive event come alive with your summer house at the very centre? We have some ideas on how you can decorate your garden building and what to use it for to make your winter wonderland come alive.
What will you use your garden building for?
There are endless choices when it comes to deciding the theme of your winter wonderland and what will feature in your garden building. Depending on whether you are likely to have children visit or if you are hosting a Christmas party, you may wish to consider a Santa’s grotto with a small present for each child, or you could use it as a drink and food station for hungry adults! The choice is yours.
Decorating your garden building
Now you have decided on your theme; it’s time to start decorating. Your garden building is the main attraction in your Winter Wonderland garden, so it’s time to make sure it’s front and centre for your decorating. This means adding lights, creating a cosy atmosphere, adding some snow and not forgetting the obligatory Father Christmas or his trusty helpers. You may even wish to add a Christmas tree to complete your look.
Choosing your food and drink
Finally, your winter wonderland will be all set – once you have your food and drink choices in place! ultimately, you are going to want to keep your guests warm and cosy whilst they are outside, so think of warming drinks like hot chocolate and egg nog, as well as comfort food, including hot dogs, burgers and macaroni cheese! Of course, you can make your drinks more adult-themed if you prefer!
Don’t forget about the rest of your garden!
Now you have the perfect plans for the garden building in your winter wonderland; it’s time to consider the rest of your garden – no garden is complete during the Christmas period without some festive lights, Christmas figurines and that all-important snow! Whilst people tend to stay away from their back gardens over the winter months; you will want to spend as much time in it as possible once you have your very own winter wonderland at home! Check out our top tips for including the rest of your garden in the festivities.
Hang some festive lighting – whether it’s around your fences or to lead your guests up the garden path towards your winter wonderland garden building. If you are trying to create an elegant feel, opt for white or cream lighting, but for those with children or those wanting to create a bright and colourful wonderland, consider multi-coloured lighting placed cleverly around your garden.
Make it snow – living in the UK and specifically in the South East; there is never a guarantee that we are going to have a white Christmas. In fact, according to the Met Office, the last time we saw snow on the ground over Christmas was 12 years ago! Yes, 2010 – although it seems like much longer than that! Luckily, you don’t have to wait for the weather to have snow in your winter wonderland this year. Fake snow is easy to purchase from most stores and online. Drape it along your fences, the roof of your garden building and along the floor for a magical look.
Include some figurines – this is a great choice if you have children who will be in your winter wonderland. Carefully stage some elves throughout your garden who are busy getting on with their work for Father Christmas! You could even turn this into a game to see who can find all the elves for a prize.
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If you are desperate to enjoy a winter wonderland theme this year, but your budget just won’t stretch that far, don’t fret! You can create your very own garden-building winter wonderland at home using the tips above. For over 5 years, Handmade Hideaways has been supporting clients across London and the Home Counties with the design and creation of bespoke garden buildings used for a variety of purposes.
If you are looking for a beautiful garden building you can use year-round, get in touch with our team today and book your free consultation.