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WINTER WARMING

02-May-2016
Written by Emma Brancatisano

Photography by Des Harris



The nights are getting darker, the air cooler, as finally we look to farewell this year’s scorching swell.



But this should not signal the end of lingering nights spent outdoors with family and
friends. Say goodbye to cool Coronas and hello to warming cocktails as you embrace the charming possibilities of entertaining this winter.



First things first: set up your outdoor space in a cozy gazebo or around an alfresco timber table. Dress it up with sultry, wintery tones - think neutral greys, black, beige and cream- with soft-knitted throws draped over deck chairs and large, textured cushions offering maximum comfort.



And the piece de resistance? Bring heat and soft, ambient light to the table with a central fireplace setting or – for those feeling more adventurous – an open pit to huddle around as it crackles. This forms a striking focal point and will keep your guests warmed through as the night wears on.



Continue the mood and beat that crisp chill by serving a winter-warming cocktail to your guests. Or for a relaxed feel, a mug of hot chocolate spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise will do the trick.



Keep a basket of blankets on hand by the fire, place some extra slow-burning candles and let the night take care of itself.



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