It’s highly likely that you’ve already invited all of your friends and family round to show off your new Desert Sun Patios sunroom, but New Year’s Eve offers a special time of year to put that new entertaining space to good use. If you haven’t got your Desert Sun Patios sunroom installed yet, there’s still to time so that you can make the most of your sunroom this New Year’s Eve.
While you’re likely to use the rest of your home to stage the party, your sunroom should act as the natural focal point as it’s a room specifically set up for entertaining. Here are some top tips to help you make the most of your sunroom this New Year’s Eve:
- Keep the curtains open – A Calgary New Year’s Eve celebration is quite unique: it’s usually way too cold to be outside, but with the coldness comes a stillness that seems prophetic with the advent of the new year. You want your guests to be able to get a sense of the outside world while staying warm and cozy in your sunroom. Keeping the curtains open also allows you to see the firework displays that go off around Calgary as the clocks strike midnight.
- Change the eating paradigm – For most people, food at New Year’s Eve parties comes either as a pot luck buffet or a formal sit down meal. Sunroom entertaining is all about doing something different, so try combining the two. Choose a Moroccan-inspired theme and have people sit on throw pillows or beanbag cushions to get more people around a low set of tables, each with a different set of dishes. You could also have different parts of the meal in different areas of the house, ending up with dessert and coffee in the sunroom.
- Clear out big furniture – you may have moved couches and bookshelves into your sunroom, but as your goal is to make it your central entertaining space, you want to get rid of as many of these big items as possible. Consider moving in tables for people to rest their drinks on, as well as plates of appetizers and snacks. You should also consider getting rid of the chairs. This will create more space and keep people on their feet; this will encourage mingling and moving throughout the night.
Above all, you need to have a plan of how you will gather everyone a few minutes before midnight for speeches or simply some quiet reflection time. Your sunroom will be the ideal spot for this, but you’ll also need to think about what you’ll be using to gauge when it’s exactly 12:00. It will be hard to show something on a screen, so a countdown clock or listening to a radio broadcast will create a different atmosphere. As the New Year is chimed in, be sure to have drinks and music ready to celebrate, as well as an opportunity to watch fireworks through your new big Desert Sun Patio sunroom windows.