Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been making the most of the end of summer. I’ve been mixing up an Aperol Spritz and relaxing with my magazine outside. However, Sheffield is turning cold and it’s been raining a lot. It won’t be long ’til the cold weather fully kicks in. However, the weather shouldn’t stop us from spending time outside in the evenings.
Last month I discovered Caribbean Blinds while putting together my BBQ party essentials post. Something which really stood out to me were the Outdoor Living Pods. I think they’re a fantastic idea. Outdoor Living Pods give you the opportunity to really make the most of your outdoor space throughout the year. In the summer they provide flexible shade from the sunshine and throughout the rest of the year they protect you from rain and snow. You can even have led strip lighting and infra-red radiant heaters to to keep you warm and relaxed on a cold, crisp evening.
Photo from Caribbean Blinds
Most of all I like the idea of being able to spend time outside in the garden even when it’s snowing and raining. Wrapping up in a cosy blanket surrounded by fairy lights and a large mug of mulled wine is one of my favourite things to do. With the addition of a living pod in my future home I’ll be able to do just that or maybe take it one step further and host a winter garden party.
Here are 10 things you’ll need for a cosy autumn garden party:
– Mugs for hot chocolate or mulled wine. I suggest the classic white or red enamel mugs from Falcon.
– Battery powered fairy lights to stuff into mason jars or drape across chairs. Ikea have lots in stock.
– A marshmallow toasting kit, because we all like to pretend we’re at an American camp.
– Pumpkins for that ultimate autumn feeling.
– Wooly hats to keep your ears warm. Does anyone remember my pumpkin hat from last year?
– Baked potatoes and a selection of toppings.
– A hot water bottle if it’s extra cold or maybe a Toast Heated Pillow from good old Firebox.
– Cinnamon candles because autumn. My favourite come from the Woodwick range.
– Pumpkin cookies or cakes. I have put together a big selection of pumpkin treats over on Pinterest.
If you don’t have a fancy outdoor living pod then don’t worry. Simply pick a dry evening grab everything you need and cosy up to watch the stars. I used to do this a lot when I lived in Suffolk. The nights were mostly dry (but very cold) and the sky was always clear so there were lots of stars (and UFOs to watch).
This post was in collaboration with Caribbean Blinds. All words and opinions are my own.