Each year, the winter solstice falls on December 21 or 22, the shortest day (and longest night) of the year. And it’s a great excuse to throw a party—before everyone disperses to faraway places for the rest of the holiday season. Here are some tips for celebrating the brighter days ahead.
Set the time: Typically, a solstice party is held during the afternoon, to celebrate the fleeting daylight hours. Since it’s the shortest day of the year, twilight will occur early, so you can watch the last of the sun fade away. Don’t let the early nightfall get you down: At this point, the days can only get longer!
Light it up: The light outside may be dwindling, but your party can still shine brightly. Illuminate the shortest day of the year with lots of candles. Place taper candles in reflective silver holders on the table; adorn the mantle with an assortment of pillar candles in various heights and widths. A fire in the hearth or an outdoor bonfire can become a cozy focal point.