5 Tips for an Awesome Snow Party

A snow party is a great way to fight off the winter blues and wishful thoughts of warmer days and summer barbecues. You can still have fun even in the cold dark snowy nights, and even without snow. We were a part of such a part last weekend and it was awesome!!

Our friends didn’t let the nature play tricks with them. No, they set their minds on having a snow party and they did it. Snow or no snow. Well, not quite. They needed some snow after all. Because they were determined to build a snow bar like last year. Which is very cool, you have to admit. But it had been raining days before the party was scheduled. How did they make it?

Apparently, they purposely didn’t shovel the snow off their yard for the whole winter. So when the rain and warm temperatures melted the top coat, there was still enough snow in the deeper layers. The result was not only enough snow for the snow bar, but also snow sofas and couches. Cozy? Perhaps not, but definitely creative.

Here are some ways on how to throw a snow party everyone will remember:

1. Build an ice bar. This only comes into play if you are lucky enough to have actual snow. And if you do, be sure that your snow bar is going to attract most attention and will be the topic of excited conversations even when the party is over. We were totally impressed by what our friends did. The bar was a few meters long and it was multipurpose: to host drinks (of course), to serve people with food from the barbecue, and to hold candles romantically placed into the dug-out holes. Soooo cool.

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(see the snow bar behind me?)

2. Barbecue. Who says barbecue is only for summer parties? It’s already hot enough in the summer, while in the winter, the heat from the grill can serve as a source of warmth. Not to even mention the delicious food factor. Yummy…..

3. Play music. Of course, music, the crucial ingredient of every party! It might be cold and dark outside, but it’s amazing how happy tunes can lift the spirits and get people moving. Here in Europe it’s common to play polkas,  in the winter you can hear them anywhere from ski after parties to world cup slalom scenes, so why not also at your snow party?

4. Serve mulled wine. Mulled wine is extremely popular around here in winter (after the autumn harvest season). It’s not that difficult to mull wine at home and your guests will be very happy to have a cup of this popular hot drink in their hands to warm up! Mulled wine is the number 1 drink of every snow party (according to me at least).

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(mulled wine with some snacks)

5. Provide warming. Yes, it’s a winter party, but it won’t be fun if you are freezing. Stock up on blankets and have spare scarves, hats, and gloves at hand. Make some open fires (no danger that the fire would spread with snow all around!) to allow people to warm up, and kids to bake marshmallows. Barbecue. Lit candles. In addition to all that, our friends even had one of two electrical heaters. They also put waterproof covers on their snow couches so that we could sit down without getting wet.

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(sitting on the snow couch with covers)

These were just some tips from what I observed worked at the party we attended, I’m sure there are many more ways.

What do you think about snow parties? Do you have any more tips on how to throw a great snow party?

Four Months Mark Dinner

As I promised, I will write a little bit about our dinner yesterday. We dined at Holiday Inn, and there is quite a story behind it!! We have been trying to have dinner there since December!

The dinner was a wedding gift from Derek’s kind colleagues. But our two months mark happened to be a midst the festive December, which we did not take into account when we dressed up and drove to the hotel, only to find out that it was all reserved…  In January we had bad luck again. We wanted to go on the weekend, because we couldn’t go on the exact date, but the restaurant doesn’t work on Sundays or Mondays! No need to say I was very disappointed… But after a month I was looking forward to it again, and was not let down!

The restaurant called is positioned so that it is overlooking the river and the old town. The food was delicious and the service excellent. We also had some nice wine with our food-I had white Moskatello as an appetizer and Sauvignon Blanc with grilled calamari. First dish was pumpkin soup and dessert lemon sorbet for me-Derek couldn’t resist chocolate cake with raspberries 😉 We had a wonderful night, and here is a little peak into it 😉

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Wonderful night to everyone!

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Today we have been married for 4 months! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I can’t believe our wedding happened already four months ago… It seems like yesterday, and yet at the same time I feel like we have been married forever. Four months full of love, excitement, and discovery. I know it’s just a start, but Derek & me feel so happy with each passing month that we celebrate it, and we call the celebration a “monthaversary” 🙂 Can’t imagine how happy one year anniversary will feel!

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Actually we just got back from our 4-month mark dinner, and I will tell you more about it tomorrow.

Good night everyone!

Nina

Our Cool Honeymoon, Part 3

After a very exciting week in Bahia Feliz, we headed north. We took a very comfortable and fast bus to the center of Las Palmas, and from there took a short walk to our next hotel. For the last week we chose Hotel Reina Isabel, a beautiful and comfortable hotel on the beachfront. Reina Isabel is proud of its 9th floor spa which offers magnificent views of the sea and the bay. The best thing-it is included in the price! Another awesome feature is the outdoor pool on the 8th floor-again, fab! 

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We were very pleased with the hotel and its service. Upon arrival, we were upgraded to junior suite because the room we booked was taken! We really enjoyed that extra space 🙂 When the air temperatures started dropping outside, we moved from the beach to the spa and the gym for some exercise.

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Las Palmas has a lot to offer, but we limited ourselves to walking distances. We were thrilled to discover Museo Elder, the Science Museum, just 10 minutes away. Actually, Derek was thrilled more than me at first but then I read in the brochure in our hotel room that this is an interactive museum, which made me excited to go. The museum was really interactive-from sitting in an old fighter plane and being able to operate some commands to testing the speed of sound and visiting a space station, they had it all covered. We spent a whole day there.

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Oh, forgot this one-“us in the desert”, the film studio in the museum 🙂 Don’t we look good on big screen? 😛

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And, of course, more dinners-I just had to put these two in because you can see the wine bottle on both, our favorite from the trip, the wine of our honeymoon 🙂 It’s of Spanish origin, San Valentin from Torres. We brought a few bottles in our suitcases back to Austria 😉

I think all honeymoons are beautiful and cool, simply because they are honeymoons. That’s what makes them so special and unique. Do you agree?

Hope you enjoyed this report!

Nina

A Beautiful Quote on Marriage

If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.” F. Burton Howard

I stumbled upon this beautiful quote a few days go and I thought I had to share it with you! Isn’t it a wonderful and inspirational description of marriage? I simply love it and couldn’t agree with it more!

Yes, I want my marriage to last forever and I will treat it with more care, attention, and love than anything else.

I will shield it and protect it and I will never abuse it for my selfish gain, or that of someone else.

I will not expose it to anything that could harm or damage my marriage.

I wll not make it common or ordinary, but instead special, exciting, and different.

I hope it never becomes tarnished, but if it does happen, I will exhort myself to polishing it until it gleams like new.

It is special and precious because I made it so, and it will become ever more so with each passing day.

I’m sure you want the same for your marriage ❤ I hope this inspires you!

Nina