Do you want to organize a garden party in winter? Then of course a snow bar should not be missing. Here is a guide for it.© GioRez - Fotolia.com
This year's New Year's Eve party should be something very special? If enough snow has fallen and you have a slightly larger garden, there is a wonderful way to provide a very special winter party flair: namely with a genuine snow bar. You don't even need too much to build such a snow bar. It is important that there is enough snow. If there is not enough in the garden alone, it may be worth looking around the street to see if one or the other neighbor has piled up a slightly larger pile in front of his house while pushing snow. If you ask nicely, it shouldn't be a problem if you get the snow out of there.
If there is not enough snow available, you can also use a table or empty beverage crates as a base and build the bar on top of it - this saves you the lowest layer of snow and manages with significantly less snow.
The most important thing is to process the snow in such a way that it becomes hard enough so that it is not immediately deformed again by bottles and glasses that are put down. It is also important to consider how you can design the bar so that it at least survives the evening of the celebration - especially if you want to decorate the bar with lanterns and candles. Fortunately, there is a very simple way to do this - because in addition to enough snow, you simply need enough water to build a snow bar.
- 1 You need this to build a good snow bar
- 2 step by step instructions
- 2.1 And here is a brief summary of the work steps:
- 3 tips for decorating a snow bar
- 3.1 ❍ lanterns:
- 3.2 ❍ Fairy lights:
- 3.3 ❍ Torches:
- 3.4 ❍ LED candles:
- 4 conclusion:
You need this to build a good snow bar
When it is certain whether an additional underlay is required or whether there is sufficient snow, the planning begins. The list of materials required is relatively short. Look for yourself:
- if there is not enough snow for the foundation tables or empty beverage crates
- several mortar buckets with edge dimensions of at least 40 x 20 cm
- Garden hose with spray nozzle, which can create a fine water mist
Several, preferably three or four, mortar buckets with a rectangular shape are very important. The edge length should not be less than 40 x 20 cm. A depth of 20 cm is sufficient. If the mortar bucket is a little wider, that's no problem. You also need a shovel, water and a garden hose with a nozzle that can ideally generate water mist. In any case, the spray nozzle should be able to make the water jet as fine as possible. Here is an overview of the necessary material:
Step by step instructions
If you want to get started, you first have to fill the mortar buckets with the snow. It is best to wet the walls with a thin water mist beforehand. If the snow is not sticky, but it is powder snow, you have to mix a little water from time to time to fill the mortar bucket so that the snow becomes nice sticky and sticks together. Then flatten the snow in the mortar buckets as much as possible. Then it makes sense to distribute some water on the snow again and then leave the mortar bucket to stand in the cold so that the water can freeze all around. While the freezing process takes place in one of the mortar buckets, you can already fill the next bucket.
If the snow in the mortar buckets is a little frozen by the water, you can overturn the bucket. Now you have a finished snow block. The blocks from the mortar buckets can now be arranged in an L or U shape, depending on how the bar is to be designed. You should now tap the seams between the snow stones with fresh snow to fill the gaps.
When the first layer of snow stones is in place, there is at least a second row of snow stones on top. The snow bar should reach a height of around 1.10. It is very important that you make sure that there are no cross joints. This means that you have to put the snow stones staggered on top of each other. In the second row, the stones will protrude slightly to the right and left at the end. But that's not a problem, because you can easily remove excess snow with a good shovel.
If the bar area is so far and there is still enough snow, it makes sense to place at least one row of snow stones in front of the bar towards the guest seats. This row is then designed so that guests can put their glasses and bottles here, while the actual bar then really remains as a workplace for the bartender.
On the work surface, you can now use the bottles or large cups to make slight depressions in the snow. These are the places where glasses or mugs are best left to stand.
If this second part of the snow bar is also designed, you should pour water over the entire construction again. You have to pay attention to two things. First, the water should not be too warm, otherwise the snow will melt before it starts to freeze again. And that can lead to a considerable loss of height in the snow bar. Also, you shouldn't just pour water from a bucket onto the bar. Because when you pour water into snow, it usually creates a hole where the water hits the snow. To avoid unsightly deformations in the snow bar, the nozzle with a fog function is necessary.
Once you have vaped the snow bar vigorously with ice-cold water, you only have to be patient a little longer. When the water is frozen, you have a solid and stable snow work in the garden that will delight the guests of every winter garden party. Here are a few tips for a garden party in winter.
By the way:
In any case, you must make sure that the bar does not have any large bumps, otherwise there is a risk of some bar accidents in the evening. You can prevent this by pulling the finished bar straight again with an ice scraper. You can also do without the recesses for glasses and bottles and place a board on the bar.
And here is a brief summary of the work steps:
- Slightly dampen the walls of the mortar buckets with water.
- Pour snow into the mortar bucket.
- Always add water to powder snow.
- Tap the snow in the bucket sufficiently.
- Pour water over the snow again.
- Turn over the buckets and position the snow stones.
- Cover the joints with fresh snow.
- Build the bar to a height of around 1.10 m.
- Place another row of snow bricks in front of the bar as a guest table.
- Use bottles or cups to create recesses in the snow of the guest tables.
- Spray the entire construction with water.
- When everything is frozen, remove any unevenness with an ice scraper.
Tips for decorating a snow bar
Lanterns create a romantic candlelight and are a real eye-catcher in combination with a snow bar. You should make sure that the lantern itself does not heat up, as otherwise the snow bar may melt quickly.
❍ Fairy lights:
There is also a great winter feeling when you attach fairy lights, ideally LED light tubes, to the bar or simply place them on the bar. These also have the advantage that they do not heat up and therefore do not pose a danger to the frozen artwork.
Set up at a sufficient distance at the corners and ends of the bar, torch light can immerse such a snow bar in a wonderfully romantic light. The glow, the flames reflecting in the ice of the snow bar, will surely make such an evening an unforgettable experience.
❍ LED candles:
Another possibility to decorate such a snow bar are LED candles. Whether LED tea lights or real candles - these are best received if you make a small recess in the bar where the candles are supposed to be and then let the candles freeze in the bar - then the candles look as if they were let them into the bar. Such candles with color changes create a very special mood. Here are a few examples of garden lighting without electricity.
A snow bar is definitely an absolute highlight at every winter garden party. How exactly you want to design your bar optically is ultimately entirely up to you. It is important, however, that you build with snow bricks. If you just pile up snow and knock it hard, it never reaches the hardness you need to meet the requirements of such a bar on a party evening. Such a construct would not be stable and would quickly melt away. But if you have the necessary time and desire to work with the snow, you can conjure up a great snow bar within a few hours. Your guests will be amazed.