How To Use Your Patio For Holiday Entertaining

As families prepare the home for holiday gatherings, it is important to take advantage of every inch of space. The patio is often an afterthought when it comes to holiday entertaining, but a beautiful space should not be wasted. Even though it may be a bit chilly outdoors, this area is a great location for holiday parties. Learning a few tips to prepare the area will make it a welcoming spot in all weather conditions.

Warm Up the Space

The most important thing that gives an outdoor space the ability to host guests for a holiday event is heat. A homeowner may consider small portable heaters or larger and more permanent fireplaces. Fire pits are affordable options for patio heating and provide focal points for friends to gather around and make holiday memories.

Add Comfort

The winter holidays are meant to exude cheer and comfort. If a gathering will be held in a covered patio, adding cozy curtains provides an inviting appearance. The furniture should be covered in bright pillows and warm blankets as well.

Keep the Elements Out

Although many parts of the country experience cool holiday weather, it is possible to create a welcoming outdoor space. An open patio can be lined with decorative screens or a retractable roof to keep the elements from becoming bothersome. If the budget allows, it may be wise to enclose the space with glass. This allows the beauty of winter to be viewed without the harsh and cold temperatures.

Holiday decorating means more than hanging ornaments from a tree or placing lights in the windows. It includes preparing both outside and inside space where family and friends can gather for special celebrations. Despite the cool weather, a bright and comfortable patio makes an excellent place to entertain guests and ring in holiday cheer. Hidden Creek Landscaping is happy to work with you to plan your new patio design, and help you make use of it all year round. Contact us today to schedule a meeting.

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Combine Lighting and Warmth in Your Patio Design

With shorter, and colder, days in the fall and winter there are two major things to consider in your patio design if you wish to extend its use through the colder months.  Those things are warmth and lighting.  If your patio design does not take warmth and lighting into account, your patio will be enjoyable for a much smaller portion of the year; not the best thing considering your investment in upgrading your outdoor space.  With a few additions to your patio design, you can truly make the most of your new outdoor space.

Fire Pit

Simply putting in a fire pit or installing a stone fireplace is a great way to transition a seating area from the spring and summer into the fall and winter. It adds warmth, charm, and functionality to the space.  Not only will a fire pit provide a great source of warmth, it also will serve as a fantastic lighting source as well.  Fire pits differ from artificial lights in that they appear more alive and natural, providing a greater ambiance to your patio space.


Keeping your outdoor space well lit is even more important during fall and winter as the days are much shorter, leaving you with less time to enjoy natural light.  Trends for landscape lighting include the use of LEDs, as they are great for highlighting certain features, such as sculptures and fountains. The right lighting will add ambiance to any outdoor living area.  The key lies in identifying the highlights of your patio space, and using the proper lighting to accentuate them further in the evening hours.

Hidden Creek Landscaping works with you to determine a patio design that will best fit your style, budget, and lifestyle.  If you are concerned about keeping your patio space functional for the majority of the year, even during colder months, please contact us today to discuss the options that are available to you.  Whether you are designing a completely new space, or updating an older space, Hidden Creek Landscaping can help you make the most of your outdoor investment.  Contact us today to request a quote.


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Patio Design for Cooler Seasons

When you think of adding an outdoor space to your Columbus, Ohio home, you likely mostly imagine using it during the warmer times of the year.  Believe it or not, you actually can transition your patio into a cozy space for the fall and winter seasons as well.  You don’t need to stay inside when the temperatures drop down. Fall patio design trends help homeowners use their outdoor space even in the colder months.

Making it Cozy

The one essential element for your Fall friendly patio design is adding a heat source. There are many different styles of fire pits that can fit into a variety of patio spaces, from small and intimate, to large entertaining areas. Make it cozy and comfortable by installing a fire fit that will provide both warmth and light.

Comfortable Seating

Including a seating area around the heat source in your patio design is essential. Choose cushioned outdoor sofas and chairs with stylish patterns and prints. Add pillows and throw blankets for added warmth and comfort. If space allows, add in some side tables for placing drinks, snacks, candles, and reading material.

Patios are the perfect spot for soaking up the sun in the spring and summer seasons. In the fall, there is no reason your outdoor living space should go dormant and unused.  Contact Hidden Creek Landscaping today to discuss how your patio can be turned into a comfortable area for entertaining and relaxing throughout most of the year; even the cooler seasons.

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