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5 Tips For Outdoor Entertaining During the Winter

Outdoor living in NY can be tricky during the colder times of year. We at Empire City know that you want to enjoy your outdoor living space all year long. You’ve put so much effort into customizing the space, so it’s perfectly natural to want entertain guests even through the cold winter months. It is important to create a warm and cozy experience for your guests in your outdoor space. Here are 5 ideas to help you keep your outdoor living space warm and cozy all year round.


#1 Install a Fire Pit

One of the most popular ways of keeping guests warm during outdoor entertaining is to gather everyone around the fire pit. Not only does a good fire pit warm up the crowd, but it presents an opportunity for conversation and activity. People often pitch in to keep the fire going, which creates a fun group experience. We custom design and build fire pits that are sure to create the right atmosphere for you.

#2 Get a Custom Outdoor Fireplace

We take great pride in our custom designed outdoor fireplaces. They make a wonderful addition to any outdoor living space. A beautiful outdoor fireplace gives your patio a unique and warm vibe. Not only do they provide a strong focal point for the space, but are sure to take the chill out of the air and keep your guests in a warm and festive mood. If you do not have an outdoor fireplace, you could also invest in a Chimenea. These are freestanding, portable fireplaces that are usually made from clay but are also sometimes made from aluminum or cast iron. This patio heating option was originally used in indigenous cultures to provide warmth and a cooking source that takes up little room and guards the fire from rain.

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#3 Well-Placed Patio Heaters

Attractive patio heaters carefully placed throughout your outdoor living space are a smart way to keep the heat circulating. Sometimes portable space heaters aren’t the most decorative additions to outdoor living, but modern designs have changed that. It is easy to find heaters that are designed like street lamps that could really compliment your space.

#4 Hang Patio Curtains

Adding curtains to your covered patio will surely help keep in the heat. Outdoor curtains or roll-up bamboo shades can also help block the wind and add privacy to your patio. If you have a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, just be sure to keep your curtains at a safe distance to avoid a fire hazard.

#5 Plan for Warm Lighting

Soft and inviting lighting will create an ambiance that is warm and calming. Dim lit lamps and candles are a great way to accomplish this. Be strategic in placing your candles throughout your space, they are a fantastic way to set a cozy or romantic mood. They can also contribute to providing more heat to your guests.

Empire City is dedicated to giving you the outdoor living space of your dreams. We custom build and design everything on our worksite to tailor a space that will keep you and your guests warm all year round. Call us to discuss your plans for your new outdoor living space.