Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Chris Mott
The signs of coming winter are everywhere. Falling leaves make us head indoors and think about fires and warm drinks. As the freezing temperatures tend to go on for months, however, everyone gets tired of being cooped up in the house, and you might start to miss the time you spent in your enclosed porch over the spring, summer and fall. If you have three season porch enclosure, you may be surprised at the way this can actually be used in that fourth season: winter. Here are some fun ideas:
Use the winter season to do a make-over of your porch for the season. Here are some ideas for freshening up:
Decorate for the Holidays
Take advantage of the fact that your porch provides a place to decorate which is protected from the weather. You might even want to set up special holiday decorations you've collected or maybe use that space for displaying artwork made by your kids and grandkids.
Light up space by using a hurricane lamp on the table, or make some ice lantern luminaries to decorate in keeping with the season. Add some warm wraps on the porch chairs so people can snuggle up and enjoy the winter view and decorations. If you have an outlet for electricity on your porch, you might want to add an electric kettle and some tea, hot cider and hot chocolate packages to make the porch a place to rest and linger, and maybe even read a book. Add this room to your list as you and your family hang the green.
Host a Sing-Along and Hot Chocolate Party
Another great way to make the most of your three season porch enclosure is by hosting a sing-along and hot chocolate party. Gather friends and family together to bundle up and get ready to sing. Be sure everyone has:
Gather in your warm addition to practice singing some songs, then head out around the neighborhood to spread some joy and cheer. When you've finished caroling, head back for a hot chocolate bar. Here are some ideas of what to provide:
To make this even more of an event, you can invite your guests to bring some of their favorite cookies along to enjoy together. You might even have a cookie exchange or give each other favorite recipes. Who knows? This could easily become an annual event for your neighborhood.
Make a Bird-Viewing Station
Feeding the birds in the winter not only will attract more birds to your home, but make your porch an enjoyable viewing station. You can hang feeders around your porch in the trees or eaves. For an even closer look, get a feeder that has suction cups to attach to your porch windows. Here are some of the seeds recommended by the Audubon Society for winter feeding:
Make a holiday tree for the birds by placing treats for birds on and an evergreen tree planted or placed outside your porch. You can decorate the tree with:
Everyone will enjoy taking a few minutes each day to peek at the feathered visitors!
Family Winter Camping Trip
Need a break during the winter? Use your porch for a winter vacation get-away. Plan it like you would a real winter camping trip. Set up some tents, get sleeping bags, flashlights, and snacks like trail mix. Put some pine cones or the essential oil of pine around the room to get that woodsy smell.
If you have a fireplace or fire pit, you can roast hot dogs and marshmallows for s'mores. If you don't have a fireplace, candles work fine to roast marshmallows too. Eat picnic style on the floor. Look out at the stars, or watch a movie in the tent. Play card games or your favorite family board games. Tell stories and make sure that everyone only uses flashlights when the sun goes down. The best part of this camping trip is that real restrooms are just a few steps away!
Three Season Porch in Winter
Dizzy with the possibilities? Just let your creativity flow and you will probably think of more ways to use your three season porch enclosure during the winter. Don't miss out on using yours year-round!