When you’re having guests over in Winter, there are more options beyond just serving soup in front of the fireplace. Let’s explore some ideas for entertaining in the cold.Comfort food pot luckThere’s nothing better than comfort food on a cold day, so why not ask your guests to bring their favourite comfort food dish? To keep things organised and avoid doubles (or triples) of one dish, ask them to RSVP with the dish they plan to bring. Guests who don’t like to (or can’t) cook, can supply things like bread, salads and snacks. Once everyone has arrived, set up a long table with plates, bowls and cutlery so everyone can serve themselves.Have a braaiThe traditional South African braai is more often associated with summer months, but if you’re going to gather around a fire, why not put is to good use? Tell your guests to dress warmly, position gas patio heaters around your braai area, and make a big and cosy bonfire in the middle – it will serve a double purpose: keeping your guests warm and supplying coals for the fire. Serve hot side dishes instead of salads, a baked pudding for dessert, coffee, cocoa and hot chocolate instead of cold drinks, and sherry or schnapps rather than beer.