Spend Valentine’s Day On the Patio

Valentine’s Day is Saturday, and if you haven’t already made plans, why not consider having a romantic night at home on your own patio? You don’t have to stay cooped up inside to have a nice evening with your significant other, even if the snow starts falling. Here are some ideas to set the mood for spending your Valentine’s Day on your own front porch.

Photo Credit: PinkPistachio.com
Photo Credit: PinkPistachio.com

Send an Invite
There’s nothing sweeter than getting a cute hand-written note stashed away in your purse, in your car, or even somewhere more exciting like this mirror message from PinkPistachio.com. Leave your Valentine a surprise personal invite and they’re sure to RSVP.

Dress for the Occasion
Wear nice, yet warm clothing in lots of layers, but make sure your date feels like you dressed up especially for them. Keep extra gloves and scarves on hand, just in case. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather so you can make sure your patio date won’t get rained out.

Keep it Simple
Don’t try to go overboard with decorations. This should be a low-key, romantic affair, so a simple candle centerpiece with some flowers would work well. While roses are very romantic flower – and certainly a good pick for Valentine’s Day- consider choosing orchids in pink, red, or fuchsia, which can be just as romantic.

Get Cozy
What’s more romantic than lighting a fire in your outdoor fire pit? Share your favorite loveseat, outdoor day bed, or double chaise lounge, a warm blanket, bring a laptop and catch a movie, or simply snuggle up and chat near the fire. Remember, this is all about spending time with your favorite person in an unexpected place, so make it special.

Heat Things Up
First, chill some wine or champagne—which shouldn’t be too difficult to keep chilled in February, no matter your location—and keep it close by for a toast. Then break out a couple of warm dishes such as pasta, soup, or perhaps even a spicy dish like Pad Thai. Finish off the night with easy-to-share desserts such as chocolate covered strawberries or fondue. You can find lots of delicious, easy recipe ideas for romantic foods on Pinterest.

Now It’s Your Turn
We want to hear from you. Would you ever consider spending Valentine’s Day on your patio with your loved one? Tell us in the comments below.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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Ideas for Winter Outdoor Entertaining

Snow is falling. Or, if you live in a drier climate, the nights are still crisp and chilly. That doesn’t mean that your outdoor fun has to end. Here are a few ideas from some of the web’s best resources and lifestyle bloggers for entertaining on your patio, even during the colder months.

 

Seasonal Decorations and Lighting
From adorable table candles and hanging paper lanterns, to stylish white tablescapes, use these ideas to set the scene for any outdoor gathering at your home this winter.

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Winter Paper Lanterns – Courtesy of LiaGriffith.com.

Homemade Winter Candles – Courtesy of TheItalianDishBlog.com. 

Bleached White Tablescape – Courtesy of AestheticNest.com.

White LED Wine Cooler – Courtesy of WickerCentral.com.

 

 

 

 

Weather-Friendly Outdoor Furniture
Your guests will need plenty of welcoming, comfortable seating for any patio gathering you throw. Don’t forget an attractive table or two for displaying food and party favors!

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Contemporary Outdoor Wicker Furniture Dining Set – Courtesy of WickerCentral.com.
 

 

 

 

Ways to Stay Warm and Dry
Keep your guests toasty and comfy with a few additional items. Remember to hand out these cute homemade wraps as party favors—your guests will surely appreciate it.

A-Guide-to-the-Latest-Trends-in-Wedding-Favors-02Warming Wrap Party Favors  Courtesy of TheBridalDetective.com.

11’ Auto-Tilt Outdoor Umbrella with LED Lights – Courtesy of WickerCentral.com.

Patio Heaters and Fire Pits – Courtesy of WickerCentral.com,

 

 

 

 

 

Food and Drinks for a Frosty Day

Of course one of the best parts of entertaining is the food. Here are some great ideas for preparing easy, filling, and most importantly seasonally appropriate dishes that are sure to please any crowd.

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Grilled Cheese Bar – Courtesy of YourHomeBasedMom.com.

50 Winter Breakfast Ideas – Courtesy of KeeperoftheHome.org.

Warm and Spiced Mulled Wine – Courtesy of GimmeSomeOven.com.

Baked Brie Bites – Courtesy of ASpicyPerspective.com.

The Perfect Cheese Platter – Courtesy of LisetteandCameron.blogspot.com.

Self-Serve Pasta Bar – Courtesy of TonyAstaab.com.

Easy S’mores Dip – Courtesy of FiveHeartHome.com.

 

 

If you liked these ideas, stay tuned for more tips for making the most of your patio during the winter season!

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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Find the Right Outdoor Wicker Furniture Cover

Winter is upon us—time to ensure your patio furniture is protected from the weather. If you haven’t yet covered your outdoor furniture, this guide can help you make the right furniture cover choice.

Shop by Rating

When shopping for outdoor furniture covers, keep in mind that some cover companies have “good, better, and best” ratings for their collections. These ratings FEATUREDare typically based on criteria such as breathability, water and dust resistance, and durability.

For instance, the outdoor furniture cover company KoverRoos has Tyvek (good), SupraRoos (better), and WeatherMax (best). Usually, they offer the same set of dimensions within each collection. If you live in a dry climate and need a lightweight cover to keep the dust off, a cover with a good rating may work for you. If you’re in a cold or damp climate, consider choosing more durable, weather-resistant covers.

Measuring Your Furniture

A good tip for finding the right furniture cover is that you never want to measure too small. The material will not usually stretch, as there may be a plastic or PVC lining that helps make it water resistant.

Allow a few inches of wiggle room for each dimension. So for example, if you have a sofa that is 80” wide, 36” deep, and 36” tall, you would want a cover that is 80-82” wide by 36-38” deep and 31-34” tall.

Mind the Length

You don’t want your covers to touch the ground for a couple of reasons. Covers usually have air vents or side vents that allow air to come up and out from the bottom of the cover. This helps whisk away any moisture that may be inside.

Covers that touch the ground will get wet and not easily dry out, which can lead to mold or mildew. Though your furniture and fabric may be mildew rated, this long-term wetness could eventually break down the cover material.

Protect Your Investment

Your furniture is made to last, but outdoor furniture covers are made to protect your wicker patio furniture investment. It’s important to remember that covers will fade and weather with time. Better the cover than your favorite piece of outdoor furniture.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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