Com­fort­able win­ter en­ter­tain­ing ideas

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Win­ter en­ter­tain­ing need not end once Christ­mas and New Year’s Day have come and gone. Get­ting to­gether with friends and fam­ily is still pos­si­ble even if the weather out­side is fright­ful. When Mother Na­ture takes a chilly turn, those who don’t want the party can con­sider the fol­low­ing en­ter­tain­ing ideas.

• In­dulge in sweet treats. Com­fort foods can make even the most blus­tery winds eas­ier to tol­er­ate. In­vite peo­ple over for a dessert party. At a dessert pot luck party, ev­ery­one brings along a fa­vorite deca­dent dessert, from molten lava choco­late cake to warm bread pud­ding. Serve along­side tea, cof­fee and hot choco­late. Adults can en­joy the added punch of spiked bev­er­ages, which can warm ev­ery­one up in­stantly.

• Host a “snowed in” party. Spend­ing a day cooped up in­side when the roads are cov­ered in snow might not be your idea of fun, but in­vite a mix of friends and neigh­bors who live nearby over, and this im­promptu party can make the cabin fever dis­ap­pear. Ask guests to bring one food item or bev­er­age. Light a fire in the fire­place and set out some cozy throw blan­kets. If pos­si­ble, in­vite ev­ery­one out­doors to build a snow­man.

• Get phys­i­cal. Get phys­i­cally ac­tive with friends or fam­ily mem­bers by stag­ing mock Olympic events in the yard. These can be fun “sports” cre­ated by par­tic­i­pants or vari­a­tions on fun win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties. Sled­ding races, snow­ball dodg­ing con­tests, ice skat­ing ob­sta­cle cour­ses, and much more can make for an en­ter­tain­ing af­ter­noon.

• Get cook­ing. Cook­ing can cer­tainly pass the time, and it can be even more en­joy­able when done in the com­pany of oth­ers. Send out an in­vi­ta­tion for friends to stop by for a meal or plan a meal prep party.

• Host a movie marathon. Hand­pick some fa­vorite films and in­vite ev­ery­one over for a movie marathon. Fill the fam­ily room, home the­ater room or liv­ing room to ca­pac­ity and host a group for a film fest. If space per­mits, set up one room with a chil­dren’s movie for young­sters, while the adults re­tire to an­other room for movies that are more their speed. A buf­fet ta­ble set up with as­sorted snacks will help keep bel­lies full while guests watch some fa­vorite flicks.

Win­ter days and nights are ripe for en­ter­tain­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties. These events help squash the cabin fever that can some­times de­velop dur­ing the colder times of year.

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