Warming Visitors – Inside and Out

Hot chocolate

A little something hot to sweeten the deal! Photo from campingroadtrip.com

In most parts of Region 3 this time of year, the weather outside is…not necessarily frightful, but certainly chilly. The short final days of autumn leave little time for daylight activities.

In the cold months, people may need a little extra motivation to spend time outdoors, especially in the dark. That’s where “bribery” comes in. A crackling campfire, crunchy snack, and steaming hot mug of something can make attending a cool-weather event ever so much more enjoyable! I’m sure most readers have at some point or other lured visitors to linger with the promise of hot cocoa and cookies.

As someone who particularly enjoys hosting cozy holiday parties, I’ve come across plenty of delicious winter food and drink ideas. Why not break from the norm and offer a themed or unusual treat at outdoor winter events, too? Here are some ideas (traditional and not):

  • Hot coffee and scones for a morning event
  • Mulled cider and marshmallows for caroling around the campfire
  • Snack-sized portions of hearty mushroom soup after a trek in the woods
  • Hot tea themed around your program topic or the culture you’re interpreting
  • Cups of dried berries and seeds for a winter bird walk

Do you offer certain refreshments to guests this time of year? What’s your most unique combination? Happy holidays, and a cup o’ good cheer!

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