“Instead of fighting the season, find ways to embrace it," says planner Kate Franzen, of Glint Events. "Yes, it’s cold and dark (outside), but it’s also romantic. Simple and neutral florals mix beautifully with other details and textures that play off of the season – think faux fur, greenery, and candlelight.” Florist: Petals + Twigs.
Take advantage of the ample green space and provide a place for guests to lounge. Spread painters' canvas under blankets to keep critters and moisture away. Throw pillows and wraps will keep guests comfortable.
Fill the table with vibrant blooms to fully embrace the natural theme of the picnic. Katie Martine of Elegance and Simplicity designed these gorgeous arrangements made up of seasonal flowers and herbs for each table.
Local parks, vineyards and barns are good options for a winter picnic. Find a place that will allow you to reserve the area exclusively for your party. Make sure to visit the venue well ahead of time, taking note of amenities like BBQ areas, regulations and restrictions. Since weather is an extremely important factor when hosting outdoors, be sure there is a covered area in case of rain or snow.
Take time to wrap shrubs and small trees with a winter coat of burlap for protection against cold temps. Plants at risk include those with borderline hardiness and evergreens prone to winter burn. Spray evergreens with an anti-transpirant before wrapping in burlap. Before adding the burlap, protect trunks against chewing rodents by tossing mouse bait that’s enclosed in a protective container near the base of the plant.
Best used as ground cover, Wheeler’s Dwarf Japanese Mock Orange is known for producing small scented flowers with orange coloring. When grown in partial to full sun, the ground cover can reach 3 feet in height and 5 feet in width.
Hosting a winter party in a public venue like a park, vineyard or barn is a great option for those living in apartments or small spaces. This simple, rustic affair is the perfect way to ring in the holidays or just a new season.